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Rec center is tops in Gypsum

Katie Drucker
kdrucker@eaglevalleyenterprise.com
Gypsum, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” The results are in for the 2008 Gypsum, Colorado community survey.

Some 2,887 surveys were sent out to a random sample of Gypsum residents, property owners, and business owners. Of that number, 546 (22.2 percent), of those surveys came back.

According to survey respondents, the No. 1 reason to live in Gypsum was that it is more affordable than other mountain towns. Respondents also cited the small town atmosphere and climate for the top reasons to live in Gypsum.



“The general sentiment was that people liked living in the town,” said Tom Edwards, Gypsum town board member.

The overwhelming reason given to operate a business in Gypsum was that it was close to home.



Those who took part in the survey said they thought the most important issues and services in the town are water quality and quantity, traffic flow, growth, appearance of the town, road maintenance and snow removal.

Town Manger Jeff Shroll said traffic and growth are critical issues in any town. He says has studied traffic but needs to communicate those findings better to residents.

Respondents said the recreation center, parks and landscaping were the top services that the town provides.



The five issues and services with the lowest ratings were shopping opportunities, jobs, traffic, affordable housing and noxious weed control.

However, shopping and public transit were ranked among the least important issues and services for the town.

More than half of the respondents who answered the question ” What do you suggest the sheriff do to improve policing in Gypsum? ” cited a need for increased police visibility.

About three-fourths of respondents supported curbside recycling. However, more than half of respondents said that they were not willing pay a monthly fee for the service.

“The recycling question certainly had major flaws. Overall Gypsum residents want recycling,” said Shroll. However, he noted that residents need to know how much a program will cost before they will know whether they want it.

Respondents said that the three most important things Gypsum could do to better serve the local community are: Recruit additional businesses, improve traffic and the spruce up public areas.

“I think the town is pretty happy because of the mostly positive comments,” said Shroll.

The survey was conducted by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.


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