From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The city of Trussville was named a 2019 Leading the Way Award winner by the ETC Institute.
The ETC Institute conducted a citizen survey in August 2019. The company compared the results to more than 200 other communities that participated in a survey and found the city of Trussville stood out among many of the others.
“ETC Institute’s ‘Leading the Way Award’ was created to recognize local governments for outstanding achievement in the delivery of services to residents,” ETC CEO Christopher Tatham said in a letter to the city.
Tatham said the city of Trussville is truly setting the standard in many areas. For the following areas, the city was rated in the top 10% of all communities:
- Overall value of services provided to residents
- Enforcement of local codes and ordinances
- Enforcement of local traffic laws
- Overall quality of police services
- Overall value residents believe they receive for local taxes and fees
- Quality of public schools
The city also had the highest satisfaction rating among more than 200 communities that participated in a survey between August 2-19 and July 2020 in the area of enforcement of clean-up of trash and debris on private property.
Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said the recognition is an honor but he believes city employees are to thank for the award.
“I think this is really a true recognition of all of their hard work for the citizens,” said Choat. “From our department heads to all of our staff and support people around the city, this just makes me feel good that their efforts are being noticed not only in Trussville but also nationwide when we are compared to other cities.”
Choat said he was pleased with the results of the survey. He hopes this news comes as a Thanksgiving gift for the city.
“This time of year, it’s a reminder for us to just be thankful,” Choat added. “I am thankful that our people and all of their work is being recognized.”
The ETC Institute is a marketing research, demography, statistical applications company based out of Olathe, Kansas. The company has been conducting the DirectionFinder Survey since 1999 and has administered the survey to nearly two million residents in all 50 states.