The survey sent out by Enterprise City Council to determine the wishes of the public with regard to the repair or replacement of City Hall and the Fire Hall had disappointing results. According to City Administrator Michele Young, approximately 10 percent of those receiving surveys replied.
Of that 10 percent, the majority believe that the City Hall/Fire Hall building has lived out its life span.
How to proceed in the tight economy, however, is less clear. Less than 50 percent of the respondents preferred a temporary fix of the buildings. Another approximately 30 percent voted for roof replacement.
The majority of respondents wanted the city to do more research into possible solutions and indicated they would not support a general obligation bond to pay for a permanent solution. Many complained about the rising cost of water and sewer services and said they could not afford anything more.
Several called for a fuller accounting of costs including a projection of costs over the next 10 to 20 years and the cost of financing any project. Several suggested a budget committee be established to set aside money for a new fire hall. The city budget committee will meet with the council to discuss this on March 16.
Several comments received recommended specific buildings for consideration including the old Sterling Bank building or the former Courtney Motors buildings. The fate of Enterprise pool was cited numerous times as an example of a loss the city suffered due to a perceived failure to maintain a facility and many respondents wanted to know why the upkeep on the city hall and fire hall were not done on a regular basis.
The council determined that further work sessions to discuss the issues brought up by the surveys were in order.