Introduction

The following public opinion survey will provide valuable data input to the 5 year Torch Lake Township planning process that is currently underway.  Your survey response will guide policy setting directions and spending priorities for the next 5 years. We respectfully ask that you respond with thoughtful consideration to ensure Torch Lake Township's planning represents your interests.

When asking to rate the importance of something, this is intended to gauge "support of" or "opposition to" certain topics.    Responses showing a high level of importance places the topic on the radar. 

 When the results are in and have been tabulated, they will be made available to everyone. Hopefully the results will provide useful guidance to current and future township officials. So please take the time to read it and complete it!

Please note: If the survey is completed on line, the survey will only allow one survey from the computer that is used. If there are more than one persons in a household who wish to complete the survey, but only one computer, contact (231-599-2036) or stop by the township offices for a hard copy that can be mailed or picked up and then completed by hand and returned for counting.

Please make an effort to complete this survey by September 1st.
 
The survey includes the following sections:
 
Parks and Recreation- Questions 1 & 2
Public Services-Questions 3 & 4
Infrastructure & Utilities-Questions 5 & 6
Farmland-Question 7
Conservation-Question 8
Economic Development- Question 9
Ordinances-Question 10
Additional Taxes-Question 11
Demographics- Questions 12-21

* Section 1- Parks and Recreation
Please indicate the number of times per year you or your family use the following Township facilities:

  Never 1 to 3 times 4 to 9 times 10 to 15 times Over 15 times
1.01 Eastport DNR Boat Launch Ramp
1.02 N.W. Torch Lake Drive Boat Launch (just south of Barnes Rd.)
1.03 Torch Bay Nature Preserve
1.04 Torch Bay Nature Preserve Primitive Boat Launch
1.05 Torch Bay Nature Preserve Trails
1.06 Torch Lake Township Meeting Rooms
1.07 Torch Lake Township Road Endings and Lake Accesses
1.08 William K Good Day Park boat Launch Ramp
1.09 William K. Good Day park Open Space & Beach
1.10 William K Good Day Park Pavilions

* On a scale of one to five, please indicate the importance of the following to you. Importance can mean support of or in opposition to the service or activity. Survey response with a of high level of importance might place the topic on radar.

  1-least important 2 3 4 5- most important
1.11 Improving existing road endings and access sites
1.12 More boat launch sites on Lake Michigan
1.13 More boat launch sites on Torch Lake
1.14 More boat trailer parking
1.15 More picnic tables at parks
1.16 More park maintenance 
1.17 Maintaining public access sites to Lake Michigan at road ends (such as placing signage, garbage cans, etc)
1.18 More walking and biking paths
1.19 Developing a non-motorized recreational trail from Charlevoix to Acme
1.20  Pickleball/Tennis Courts on Township Property

* Section 2- Public Services
On a scale of one to five, please indicate the importance of the following to you. Importance can mean support of or in opposition to the service or activity. Survey responses with a of high level of importance might place the topic on radar.

  1- Least important 2 3 4 5-most important
2.01 Availability of township facilities for resident use
2.02 Someone at the Township hall every weekday
2.03 Township-based ambulance service
2.04 Township-based fire protection service
2.05 Township Cemetery

* How often do you or your family use these Township supported facilities each year?

  Never 1 to 12 times 12-24 times 25-50 times over 50 times
2.06 Central Lake Compacter Recycling Center
2.07 Central Lake District Library
2.08 Elk Rapids Library
2.09 Elk Rapids Recycling Center
2.10 Milton Township Sport/Recreation Fields

* Section 3- Infrastructure and Utilities
On a scale of one to five, please indicate the importance of the following to you. Importance can mean support of or in opposition to the service or activity. Survey responses with a of high level of importance might place the topic on radar.

  1-least important 2 3 4 5-most important
3.01 Availability of natural gas throughout the township
3.02 Availability public sewers throughout the township
3.03 Availability of weekly trash pickup throughout the township
3.04 Paved private roads throughout the township (via special assessment districts)
3.05 Improved cable television signal quality
3.06 Improved wireless availability
3.07 Improved high speed internet availability
3.08 Reliable Electrical Service
3.09 Wind Turbine Electricity Generators in the township
3.10 Highway lighting

* Which electrical company is your provider?

* Section 4-Farmland
On a scale of one to five, please indicate the importance of the following to you.  Importance can mean support of or in opposition to the service or activity. Survey responses with a of high level of importance might place the topic on radar.

  1-least important 2 3 4 5-most important
4.01 Availability of fresh farm products
4.02 Minimal 'strip' development along our Township highways
4.03 Preservation of farmlands and open space
4.04 Views of farmlands and open space in the Township

* Section 5-Conservation
On a scale of one to five, please indicate the importance of the following to you. Importance can mean "support of" or "opposition to" the service or activity. Survey responses with a of high level of importance might place the topic on the radar.

  1- Least Important 2 3 4 5-Most Important
5.01 How important are the impacts from the use of pesticides and lawn chemicals to our watershed?
5.02 How important is the impact of storm-water run-off in the Torch Lake watershed?
5.03 How interested would you be in programs to learn about the impacts of invasive species?
5.04 How important is land, forest and water conservation to you as a Township property owner?

* Section 6-Economic Development
On a scale of one to five, please indicate the importance of the following to you.  Importance can mean support of or in opposition to the service or activity. Survey responses with a of high level of importance might place the topic on radar.

  1-least important 2 3 4 5-Most Important
6.01 A major 'big box' store located in the Township
6.02 A major brand fast food restaurant in the township
6.03 A waterfront marina with gasoline service in the township
6.04 A small shopping center located in the Township
6.05 An industrial park located in the Township
6.06 Public transportation to and from Traverse City
6.07 Shoreline commercial development
6.08 Regulating abandoned trailers, storage Units or old semi-trailers

* Section 7-Ordinances
Please indicate how important the adoption of the following kinds of ordinances would be to you.  Importance can mean support of or in opposition to the ordinance. Survey responses with a of high level of importance might place the topic on radar.

  1-least important 2 3 4 5-most important
7.01 Crowd Control (i.e. "Sandbar Gatherings")
7.02 Junk or Dismantled Vehicles
7.03 Mandatory Underground Utilities for New Developments
7.04 Billboard Control
7.05 Noise Control
7.06 Private Road Standards
7.07 Outdoor Lighting Regulations for Protection of Night Sky
7.08 Septic System Inspection upon Sale of Property (waterfront and inland)
7.09 Wind Turbine Generator Regulations
7.10 Medical Marijuana provisioning centers, testing centers and grow facilities
7.11 Fencing height control

* Section 8-Additional Taxes
The following issues would probably require additional funding, please indicate the amount of extra millage you might e willing to support for each issue: (Note: one mil equals one dollar tax per $1,000 taxable value)

  None 0.10 to 0.25 0.26 to 0.50 0.51 to 0.75 0.76 to 1.0
8.01 Lake access enhancement
8.02 Park and Recreation Development
8.03 Preservation of farmlands and open space
8.04 Property purchase for business and/or industrial park
8.05 Public support of 'bundled communications' services
8.06 Public sewer to protect ground and lake waters
8.07 Public sewers and water to attract businesses
8.08 Road maintenance and construction
8.09 Upgrading Ambulance Services to "ALS" (paramedics)
8.10 Weekly trash pickup from your home
8.11 Privatizing Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
8.12 Keep EMS services a Township operation

* Section 9-Demographics
9.01 Are you a Township property owner?

* 9.02 Are you a registered voter in Torch Lake Township? 

* 9.03 Do you have children who go to school in Central Lake or Elk Rapids?

* 9.04 How many years have you lived in the Township?

* 9.05 How many years have you owned property in the Township?

* 9.06 Is your Torch Lake Township residence located.....

* 9.07 What is your age group?

* 9.08 Comments on Section 9?

* Do you utilize solar power or other off grid power sources?

* Do you have a back up generator?

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