Don’t be surprised if you get a message from Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry in your email inbox.
Terry, who was sworn in as mayor in January, says he is using email blasts to survey residents and other constituents to help keep them abreast of the city’s issues and concerns.
“Proposed tax increases, the budgeting process, public safety, sidewalks, community programs, general issues, I want to use the surveys to cover and get feedback on everything,” said Terry who sent the first email blast survey on June 30. “Now people can tell me what’s on their mind whether they can make it to a meeting or not. The surveys will help us get a better understanding of what concerns we need to address immediately.”
Terry sent out an e-mail blast on June 30 that included a multiple choice survey asking residents what issues they are most concerned about in Clarkston. The survey also asked residents for input on the city’s operating budgets.
Terry said he will continue to send the emails to get feedback because it works better than making phone calls to each residence.
“A lot of people have trouble with the phone surveys or just won’t answer the phone to give feedback. This way, the people can take their time, read wisely and consider all answers. This is the better way to collect data,” said Terry. “I would also take some suggestions from others on how to communicate effectively with residents. I think that as long as we use tax dollars wisely, there is nothing wrong with implementing new ways to reach residents and hear their concerns.”
Clarkston resident DeWayne Bradford likes the idea.
“I don’t really answer calls from random numbers and I always hang up on robo calls so something like this works better for me. I can see Ted’s face before I read the email and that’s a lot more comforting that a random call, with a pre-recorded message,” said Bradford.