PUEBLO – Survey results released last week show most Pueblo residents want the city to focus on improving roads and public safety.
The city said it sampled 466 people in the survey, which showed streets and police should “receive the most emphasis” over the next two years. The survey also said 73 percent of people felt safe during the day in the Steel City, but 59 percent said they felt safe in their neighborhoods at night and 63 percent said they feel unsafe on park or river trails.
It also said 70 percent of Pueblo residents were dissatisfied with overall maintenance of city streets and 44 percent of residents were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the overall quality of police services.
The survey had a margin of error of 5 percent.
News 5 talked with Pueblo City Council member Ed Brown who said last year’s voter-approved tax increases to fund road improvements and public safety will take some time to fully take effect.
“We’ve hired more police officers, but it takes a while to train them,” Brown said. “They went through an academy, they won’t actually be on their own until late fall.”
On the positive side, the survey showed just 5 percent of residents were dissatisfied with fire/emergency medical services and 58 percent of people were satisfied with services provided by the city’s parks and recreation department.
Click here to read the full results of the survey.