Wednesday, May 21, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Dorchester Residents Want A Vote On Street Paving
The paving issue is not going away. That is the sentiment reflected in the latest Times' survey of Dorchester residents.
Earlier this month, we asked that only readers who reside in Dorchester's city limits answer our survey regarding support for paving more Dorchester streets. The request generated some interesting comments, which you can read in the comments section of this story.
Exactly 100 readers responded to the survey. In fact, there was such an overwhelming response that the host of the survey (Survey Monkey) shut it down at 100 votes -- which is why some of you had an "error" messages when you tried voting.
We asked: Should Dorchester residents be allowed to vote on the issue of paving, either on a block-by-block basis or for the entire village? Exactly 75% voted yes to voting on street paving, while 25% said that such a vote should not be allowed. There were no undecideds.
Then we asked: If you could choose between three options on the ballot, which would you choose? A majority -- 50% -- said they would vote to allow petitions for block-by-block street paving, while another 44% said they would vote for bonding to pave all Dorchester streets. Only 6% said they would vote for bonding to develop new housing with a paved street. (We were a bit surprised by that result.)
Finally, we asked: Will you vote for Dorchester Village Board candidates who support paving? A decisive 69% said, yes, they will vote for candidates who promise to support street paving, while around 13% said they would not. Another 19% said they would take several issues into consideration when voting on board candidates.