Committee hangs hopes on survey
Cimarron Countys LEAD Committee has begun their survey of Cimarron
countys residents on the wants and needs of the county and its
populace. The committee is funded by a grant through Oklahoma State
Universitys Extension Office. The survey has been circulated through
the Cimarron County Ministerial Alliance and was mailed out in the statements
of Boise Citys First State Bank.
The churches participating are in Boise City, Keyes, Felt and Kenton.
In order for the committee and the Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce
with whom they are working closely to know what direction to go in attempts
to attract new business and support those in place, the citizens
opinions are important. There are also plans in motion to translate
the survey into Spanish so that the countys growing Hispanic community
will and can feel welcome and included in the decisions.
The questionnaire asks such things as the age and income of the respondents
as well as what their likes and dislikes are for potential future businesses.
According to Mark Smith the minister of Boise Citys First Methodist
Church and a committee chairperson, they hope to learn what needs the
We are using the survey in order to assess just about anything
in the county Smith said. Its important that we get
ideas from the residents; get a sense of what they want. In
order to get a head start on the countys future, we need to get
the pulse of the people. Ive only seen about 15 that
have returned from members of the congregation. They seem to be open
to any type of business. However, they do not want any type of corporate
hog farming operation here, Smith said. Also, all of them
have real strong support for the hospital.
From those who live in Boise City there is a strong emphasis that they
want things cleaned up. They want junk hauled away, dilapidated houses
torn down and yards cleaned up, Smith pointed out. I guess
our (the committees) greatest hope is to find a consensus of what
the people want. When we are divided, or apathetic, it makes getting
things done much more difficult, Smith said.
Well follow the survey with town meetings and focus groups
and discussions to build enthusiasm. Those will begin in January or
February, Smith said.