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Bethlehem Twp. cites surprising survey responses

Responses were about quality of life issues

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - A Bethlehem Township Commissioner Monday called attention to some of the surprising responses from township residents regarding quality of life.

These comments were recently released in the nearly 100-page municipal survey conducted by a national research firm. 

Commissioner Malissa Davis said Bethlehem Township's national citizen's survey, conducted by the National Research Center of Boulder, Co., predominately covered quality of life issues for residents.

  • One unexpected response came from a notable percentage of parents, who expressed less of a concern than expected for children's outdoor recreational opportunities such as playgrounds. 
  • Conversely, Davis said, nearly 40 percent of a total 450 responses out of 1,500 issued approved of the restoration and renovation of the historic Archibald mansion.
  • Likewise, 46 percent of survey respondents expressed an interest in the preservation of natural resources, open-space farmlands,\ and greenbelts.
  • In addition, 35 percent of residents expressed a strong concern regarding local flooding and stormwater drainage issues.

According to Davis, the survey said Bethlehem Township ranked high, with 90 percent of respondents saying the township is a desirable and safe place to live and that they highly prefer to remain living there.

Nearly the same percentage said the area offered an above average number of health care services.

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