Opa-locka will seek the opinions of residents through a community survey next month.
The surveys are anonymous and intended to gauge citizens’ satisfaction with city leadership and services. They will be sent to most residents in the mail, either inside their utility bill or separately. Others will have to complete the survey at City Hall.
“This is the first time our city is conducting a residential survey, which has the ability to substantially impact whether the city is doing what people want,” said Mayor Myra Taylor.
Residents are asked to rank the importance of different city departments including code enforcement, parks and recreation, police and the city’s website.
Taylor said that she hopes the survey can help engage residents, especially those who do not attend City Commission meetings.
“I’d like to see a little more participation in the community, because I feel that a well-informed community is a community that works along with you,” the mayor said.
The survey will also ask citizens to rate their satisfaction with specific aspects of the city’s services and indicate other demographic information like employment status and the number of people living in each household.
Residents are also asked to describe an experience with an Opa-locka employee in the past year and to detail whether the experience was positive or negative, and asked to suggest one change they would make in the city.
“This is one way for us to keep our finger on the pulse of critical city services and activities,” said City Manager Kelvin Baker.
The city and the Opa-locka Community Development Corp. have brought in several artists and designers with plans to rebrand the Magnolia North neighborhood, most commonly known as the Triangle.
But, the city must also shake a reputation for government corruption, including the ongoing case against former vice mayor Terence Pinder. Taylor believes that hearing from residents may be a step in improving that image.
“We service people all the time and our heart is to make the quality of life better for them,” said Taylor.
The survey will be available in English, Spanish and Creole and residents are asked to complete it by Mar. 14. For more information, call 786-338-6087 or 305-953-2821.