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Sandwich scores well in NIU survey: 84% call city excellent or good place to live

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 2:36 p.m. CDT

In a recent survey, a majority of responding Sandwich residents, 84 percent, rated the city as being either an excellent or good place to live.

According to the survey, 23 percent of the respondents rated the city as excellent and 61.1 percent rated the city as good.

The main reason some respondents rated the city as ether fair or poor as a place to live indicated the city needs to attract more businesses, according to the survey.

Those findings are just one part of the survey’s executive summary report announced by Mayor Rick Olson at a recent council City Council Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.

The two-page survey by Northern Illinois University’s Center for Government Studies was sent to 1,260 voting households in Sandwich by mail and online from mid-January through mid-February.

A 37 percent response rate, by 466 residents, was considered better than usual, Olson reported.

Olson said he was told there were “so many responses, it’s taking longer to prepare the [final survey] report.”

Five topics on the survey included: rating Sandwich as a place to live, what residents like most and least about living in Sandwich, the top three issues city government needs to address to improve the city, the priority the city should place on six areas in the next two years, and suggestions for improving the city.

When asked what they like most about living in Sandwich, 30.2 percent said it was the small town, friendly atmosphere; 15.3 percent said it was the people; 13.3 percent said it was the low crime rate and feeling safe; 11.8 percent said it was the quiet peacefulness of the city; and 7.5 percent said it was the easy access to stores, especially Art’s Food Market.

What they liked the least was: 24.7 percent said not enough stores for shopping and not enough restaurants; 21.3 percent said the streets and roads need repair; 7.2 percent said the high taxes; 6 percent said the rundown homes that weren’t maintained; and 5 percent said not enough sidewalks and existing sidewalks need repair.

More complete results and finalized reports will be given soon to the city.