Orfordville community survey seeks household income ranges

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Gina Duwe
Thursday, March 27, 2014

ORFORDVILLE--A community survey asking for household income and ethnicity was mailed this week to a random selection of Orfordville residents as the village prepares to seek grants for infrastructure projects.

To qualify for federal community development block grants for infrastructure improvements, a municipality must have 51 percent of residents at low to moderate income levels, Village Clerk Sherri Waege said.

The village's 2010 census data showed the village at 43 percent, she said.

If the survey results show the village hits 51 percent, it could apply for grants to help with the library and sewage treatment plant, she said, though the main focus is upgrading the water and sewer mains under North Main and East Beloit streets.

“We keep fixing them and putting Band-Aids on,” she said.

The project will cost more than $1 million, so the village is hoping to get some assistance, she said.

The surveys were mailed to 247 people using a state randomizing system, she said. The survey is confidential, she said. The forms include a return envelop for mailing to Vierbicher Associates in Reedsburg, the company the village is contracting with for processing.

The surveys are numbered, so the engineering company will be able to determine who doesn't respond. Vierbicher will follow up with a second mailing for those who don't respond because the village needs an 80-percent response rate, she said.

The survey asks for family size and whether household income is above or below certain income amounts. The second optional question asks for each family member's race/ethnicity, a question Waege said the state requires to be asked. Residents have the option to not answer that question.

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