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TOWN COMPILING DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

Eden residents are being asked to complete a survey that will help guide the town for years to come.

The two-page survey was distributed in a recent Pennysaver, and additional copies are available in the supervisor's office at Town Hall.

About 120 completed surveys have been returned, and Supervisor Glenn R. Nellis asked that residents return the rest by Dec. 15.

The survey, which is a joint effort by the town and Chamber of Commerce, asks such things as what services and businesses people would like to see in the town and what priorities they would like to see the town establish.

It asks what they are most proud of and what they are "the most sorry about."

A similar survey four years ago helped establish priorities, Nellis said.

For example, it identified more youth services as a need and helped lead to the establishment of the Boys & Girls Club, which opened last year.

Another priority was improving the appearance of Main Street, which helped lead to a beautification grant, Nellis said.

While the desire to have an attractive Main Street would seem obvious, having it documented helps when seeking grants and other funding, he said.

Survey results showing a desire for a dry goods store were used to help attract the Dollar General store.

Results showing the need for a family restaurant were a factor in a bar being converted into a restaurant that seems to be doing well, he said.

The survey "gives us a sense of direction" and helps determine what projects the town should focus on, Nellis said.

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