Plano-area residents can earn $50 a family by helping with a survey through May 1, Mayor Bob Hausler announced at the City Council meeting Monday, March 11.
Hausler said the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is conducting a travel survey and is asking households in northeastern Illinois about trips they make for work, school, shopping, errands and socializing with family and friends.
CMAP will pay $50 to each household that helps with the survey, he said.
The mayor said the agency will use the information to measure and understand people’s changing daily travel patterns.
“By providing accurate information about your daily travel, you will help ensure that funding to maintain roads, bridges and transit is spent where it is needed most,” the agency said in a letter to the city.
“Your travel information will help build a complete picture of local and regional transportation needs so decision-makers can effectively recommend where to make improvements,” the letter said.
“Your household can participate in the survey by calling 855-981-7286 to sign up,” the letter said.
The letter said the previous survey was done about 10 years ago, so the information is outdated.
Council hears parking complaint
In other business, Megan Barrett, a resident of the 3400 block of Veronica Street told the council about a problem she is having in her neighborhood.
Barrett said she came home a few days ago and saw a car that was blocking more than half of her driveway, so she could not get in. She said someone else in the family had called police and they were going door-to-door to locate the owner of the car. When he was located, he moved it, Barrett said.
She said this was not the first time it has happened.
Barrett said the officer told her there was nothing else he could do because there is no law against this unless the entire driveway is blocked, in which case they could have the vehicle towed.
She said the officer suggested she talk to someone in the city about having the ordinance changed, which is why she was addressing the council.
Hausler suggested she talk with Police Lt. Norman Allison, who was at the council meeting, to discuss the issue, which she did.