Woodburn City Council is reaching out to the community at large for input in advance of its 2019 goal-setting meetings

How do you see Woodburn?

That is a broad question, for sure, but it's one that could elicit a lot of varied answers. In fact, civic leaders hope it does.WOODBURN INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson

Woodburn City Council announced that it is floating a survey before city residents in advance of its 2019 goal-setting session upcoming in March. The survey is available online now, and input can be given until the survey closes on Feb. 22.

Mayor Eric Swenson has been moving about town to ensure all sectors of the diverse community are reached. On Thursday, Jan. 31, he spent time out at Senior Estates where he offered residents an opportunity to take the survey on paper. He has plans to visit Woodburn High School, the local Chemeketa Community College center, Woodburn Senior Center and is shaping up dates to reach out to the general public at large in English and Spanish.

Of course, anyone can also visit, and click on the city goal-setting survey and share thoughts there.

Swenson said the council worked with city staff to come up with the right questions to elicit information from as many residents as possible.

"A community needs a sense of identity to feel positive about itself," Swenson said. "It's crucial for community to have unity – to feel good about where you live. If we can further define that, it will help us to set goals going forward."

Survey questions ask residents input on various topics: what aspects of the community should be promoted; what changes would be beneficial; what are the biggest challenges; what should be the city's image; what services does it need?

"Let's embrace what Woodburn is and its assets," Swenson urged. "Cultural diversity is an obvious one, but let's go deeper."

Celebration of leaders

Woodburn Proud is hosting Celebration of Leaders to honor former Mayor Kathy Figley and City Councilor Frank Lonergan, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at The Metropolis banquet hall in downtown Woodburn, 347 N. Front St. 

Figley was Woodburn's longest serving mayor, from 2002 to 2018, and served on the city council prior to that.  Longergan was on the council from 2006 through 2018, and served as council president.

Entertainment will be provided by Billy and the Rockets. Tickets are $15.

Event sponsors include Woodburn Proud, Long Brothers, Woodburn Chamber of Commerce, PCUN, Chemeketa Community College, Woodburn Rotary, Woodburn Kiwanis, Salem Health, Mega Foods, Safeway, The Metropolis and YES Graphics.

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