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Survey stalled by flub

White Hall residents who failed to mail a printed community center survey form to City Hall by the March 1 deadline have a good excuse. It seems a large number of the forms that were to be mailed to residents in early February by a North Little Rock company didn’t arrive here.

Mayor Noel Foster acknowledged Monday that a problem with the forms exists, adding the deadline to return completed forms has been extended to March 31.

“We’ve made a good faith effort, but we want to make sure every resident of White Hall has had an opportunity to comment on the community center,” Foster said in explaining the new deadline.

He said the North Little Rock firm was selected because it expertise in handling large bulk mailings, adding the municipality expected to save money on the postage by using bulk mailings.

“We have learned that not everyone got (a survey),” Foster said, noting that 195 forms have been returned to City Hall.

Residents can obtain a copy of the survey form at City Hall, Foster said, and return the form postage paid in the provided envelope. The survey may also be completed online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WHCC. The Advertising and Promotion Commission authorized the survey on what residents would like to see in the proposed community center, including questions about meeting rooms, a theater-style auditorium and a swimming pool, and the anticipated use of a number of optional facilities listed in the survey.

The commission indicated information obtained from the survey would be helpful in the design and construction of the center, noting the building might be built in phases.

White Hall has more than $3 million reserved to build a center southeast of the intersection of Dollarway and Hoadley roads. Revenues from the 2 percent tax on prepared foods and motels will be used to construct and operate the center.

The survey, which includes 19 questions, can be completed in a matter of minutes.

Individuals with questions involving the survey should call City Hall, 247-2399, Foster said.