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Survey seeks Truckee input

If you receive a phone call next week from someone who wants to ask you a lot of questions, they aren’t necessarily trying to sell you something.

That caller may be part of the Community Assessment Project, which is polling community residents for a report that will help local leaders plan for the future.

“If you get this call, please don’t hang up,” said Nancy Keil, co-chair of the project. “We are not soliciting. We just want your opinion.”

The phone polling began Wednesday and will last a week. The plan is to survey 500 Nevada County residents to gauge their opinion about the quality of life here.

The surveys will last about 15 to 20 minutes each.

On Feb. 20, volunteers will be stationed at Gateway and Deerfield centers, as well as the Post Office in downtown Truckee to conduct personal interviews with residents.

During both the phone and in-person interviews, residents may be asked to sound off about local schools, medical care, social services, job market and housing costs, Keil said.

The stations will be set up during the last few weeks of the month at the Rood Administrative Center and the HEW Building in Nevada City, the Grass Valley City Hall and the Nevada County and North San Juan senior centers.

The polling is part of a six-month, $70,000 effort spearheaded by United Way of Nevada County.

Applied Survey Research of Santa Cruz County has been hired to conduct the phone surveys and gather other data for the effort.

The completed report is designed to aid various local leaders and institutions, including groups trying to lure in new businesses, schools planning for new students and nonprofit charities seeking grant funds.

Truckee Councilmember DOn McCormack, who has been an active participant in the project, said the data collected will be very important.

“Since incorporation, Truckee has been busy catching up with the requirements of a new town and the shortcomings of the past since the road and reconstruction plan,” McCormack said. “It is time for us to develop a plan to address some of the many human needs of the residents. These are not just town services, but all of the other agencies serving the community as well.”

The project is being funded by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Town of Truckee, the City of Grass Valley, Nevada County, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and United Way.

A number of volunteers will be needed in Truckee to conduct interviews on Feb. 20.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer should call Lisa Abrahams at 582-7100, ext. 145 or McCormack at 587-3148.

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