BRITT | A recent online survey shows Britt residents want to see improvements made to the streets and City Hall.
The survey, which was created by Mayor Ryan Arndorfer in November, asked residents what they’d like to see done within Britt if the city had $500, $5,000, $50,000 or an unlimited amount to spend.
“When I was elected mayor, we identified multiple goals for improvements to our city, including the construction of a Commercial Park for new business development and the renovation of Lion's Park. Now that both of those are complete, I'd like to hear what you, as residents, would like to see for your community,” he wrote in the survey. “Let's see what we can again accomplish together.”
Arndorfer said nearly 80 people took the online survey, which was posted on the city’s Facebook page and mentioned on local water bills. The results were reviewed by the Britt City Council during its regular meeting on Dec. 18.
The City Council plans on using the survey responses for its capital improvement plan and budget discussions in the upcoming year.
“As we go through these, pay attention to the ones that are on every single budget level because to me, those are the ones that stand out and people are more concerned with,” he said.
Streets and City Hall were responses to each question — with streets alone receiving a total 46 votes.
In some cases, individuals named streets, like First Street Southwest, Second Street West and Third Street Southwest.
The city plans on overlaying First Street Southwest next year.
“Streets are always going to be my No. 1 concern; however, there is a rhyme or reason to how we fund them,” Arndorfer said. “We’ll continue to budget for a couple overlays every year, and as the city’s debt capacity allows, we can take on larger street redos like we’ve done.”
As far as City Hall updates, residents specified bathrooms, council chairs and landscaping.
“I was surprised to see the number of residents who put it forward,” Arndorfer said.
During the meeting, the City Council in a 4-0 vote, with Curt Gast absent, approved the purchase of nine new office chairs for the council members and staff for about $2,241.
Improvements to Main Street, including flower baskets, benches and trash cans, as well as parks were also prevalent.
Arndorfer said the Britt Chamber of Commerce is working on the flower baskets, but the city can work on adding more trash cans.
Some of the other items residents would like to see in Britt are affordable housing, a hotel, a bicycle and walking path, a dog park, a recreation center, a splash pad, a movie theater or drive-in, a fine arts center, bronze statues of hobos on Main Street, a coffee shop, a wine bar and “a dome over the city to keep the snow out.”
“I mean we did say no budget,” Arndorfer said, while the room filled with laughter. “I personally love that.”