Water and Light
Your trusted source of water and electricity for over 100 years.
Collected from November 13, 2012 through January 2013: 1,585 respondents. Click here for an overview of the project.
Report to the Columbia City Council on the survey: May 20, 2013 meeting
Reliable electric service: 9,232 or 16.2%
Option provides longest-term solution: 8,724 or 15.3%
Least cost to build/minimize rate impact: 7,207 or 12.6%
Proximity to residential homes (this includes apartments): 7,158 or 12.5%
Environmental impact (trees cleared, wetlands disturbed, etc.): 6,725 or 11.8%
Negative aesthetic impact on city, neighborhood, or recreational areas: 6,655 or 11.7%
Proximity to schools, day cares, churches, hospitals, and/or nursing homes: 6,419 or 11.3%
Proximity to commercial businesses: 4,927 or 8.6%
The preferences and concerns were entered into an algorithm in a selection matrix that assigns them a score according to their importance. Because most decision factors are negative or unfavorable, the option receiving the least negative score is determined to be the most publicly favorable. The results of the selection matrix are very close. The final score for all three options are within a single percentage point difference from each other.Option A: -36,341
Option B: -35,739
Option B-2: -35,528
Given the necessity for this project, if you must choose, which option would you prefer to see implemented?
OK to raise rates for undergrounding lines: 847 or 53%
NOT OK to raise rates for undergrounding: 738 or 47%
Do you understand why this project is necessary? 1,520 responded yes or 96%
Is your home or business within 150 feet of any of the final proposed routes? 187 responded yes or 12%
Is your home or business between 150 feet and 500 feet of any of the final proposed routes? 363 responded yes or 23%
Download the feedback data set in a Microsoft Excel file.