Survey of Washington residents cites lousy cell phone reception
WASHINGTON — A recently published survey offers a window into what town residents think of their hometown and its needs.
They want more cell service, better internet service and more retail, “including food, gas, pharmacy, books (and) clothing,” the survey, conducted by Washington’s economic development committee, found. The survey’s 428 respondents — 12 percent of the town’s population — also wanted a gym, more doctors and more hotels and inns.
But the need for better cell service was a paramount, the survey found.
“Service is horrendous. It’s 2016,” one resident wrote.
According to the survey, the two sets of Washington residents, part-timers and full-timers, are very different. Most of the part-time crowd work in finance and insurance and 67 percent of them also own an apartment in New York City. Part-timers were younger and more educated; they had larger households with more children. And they rarely rent their homes in town, though they usually only visit on weekends and in summer months, the survey said.
Many full-time residents said they didn’t work in any of the 16 professions offered in the survey. They opted for “other” instead. The next highest percentage of full-time respondents said they worked in “educational services.”
More than 20 percent of full-time survey takers were not employed, followed by about 20 percent who identified as self employed.
The survey was the brainchild of town officials who often held town meetings to gauge the community’s interests, but realized they were missing weekenders and summer visitors — officials have estimated that 25 percent of residents don’t live in town year-round. About 14 percent of survey respondents said they lived in Washington part time.
The survey, done online for the first time in the town’s history, was conducted by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center. Its findings will be used to better address resident needs, town officials have said.
The full survey results can be found, through the town’s website, at: http://www.washington
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