Rifle residents like their small town
Citizen Telegram Editor
RIFLE — The small-town lifestyle is the number one reason people like living in Rifle, according to a poll recently taken on the city’s EngageRifle website.
“The city staff did it to make sure we stay up to date with the citizens and get their input,” said Michael Churchill, assistant manager of Rifle Community TV on Channel 10. “Not everybody has the time to get to a (city council) meeting. “This is a new trend among governments to get people involved and allow people to send in their feedback.”
The second biggest reason people like living in Rifle was because of the atmosphere and character, followed by affordability, active lifestyle, natural features, proximity to family, climate, schools and health care.
The majority of the people who participated in the survey ranged in age from 25 to 54.
“We started these surveys about a year ago and we like to do one or two a month,” Churchill said.
More than 100 people have participated in the surveys and city staff are listening. Responses are reviewed by city manager Matt Sturgeon; Rifle Police Chief John Dyer; Nathan Lindquist, planning director; Hannah Klausman, planner; Michael Churchill, assistant manager, Rifle Community Television; Kristy Christenson, deputy city clerk; and Tom Whitmore, director of Parks and Recreation.
The purpose of EngageRifle is to get people to participate in what is happening in the community. The program invites everyone to participate and join in and give their input on the different conversations.
To see the latest topic on EngageRifle, visit engagerifle.org.
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