Norwell: Selectmen dump online sidewalk survey for mail in option

Norwell selectmen have decided to take a different course in their quest to conduct a survey to see how the town feels about the controversial issue of constructing a long sidewalk down a portion of Main Street.

A questionnaire will ask if the town supports the construction of a sidewalk on one side of Route 123 from Norwell Center to the Hanover Line.

Selectmen first considered mailing out a postcard with questions and a link to an online survey, with the option of mailing it back.

However, the board now wants to scrap that online survey altogether and just go with a return mailing.

“The consensus was only to let people respond with the hard copy being sent back, so that we can make sure we’re not hearing multiple responses from the same people. We want to make sure we know where they’re coming back from. That means we won’t be doing the online survey, even though for a lot of people that would quicker and easier and more user friendly, but it’s harder to know for sure where the results came from and that you only heard once from each household,” Selectman Chair Ellen Allen said.

The next step is designing the questionnaire.

The board said they want to get the survey to residents as quickly as possible.

Town meeting voted to add funding to the Main Street repaving project to include designing a sidewalk one on side of road.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.