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City of Galena needs 51% survey participation to apply for CDBG funds

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Galena city officials say the city could receive more than $850,000 to fund more downtown improvements, but only if a majority of residents are willing to participate in a simple survey.
Walking in downtown Galena residents and visitors can see a city shaping up with new businesses such as the Streetcar Station coffee shop and Xtreme Wingz & More.
Improvements funded by the city's last Community Development Block Grant paved the way.
"Bringing more business in, brings more people in and it's a win win for everybody," said Danielle Murphy, Galena resident.
"I am just real enthused about what they're trying to do and I think they've done a pretty good job of pulling it together," said Melvin Hayward, Galena resident.
Previous improvements included new sidewalks, self-watering flower pots and music to listen to while strolling downtown, but city officials say they would like to do even more.
"We finished our first phase of Main Street, which was 7th Street, down north to 4th Street, so our second phase would be 4th Street all the way down to Front Street," said council member Ashley Qualls.
The only thing standing in the way of getting more CDBG funds is a survey of residents themselves, asking  their household incomes and basic background information.
The city lost out once already on applying for grant dollars in January because of not having enough surveys with its grant application. 
Officials need 700 residents to fill out the one-page survey, which is now available at several Galena restaurants.   
"It's actually going to determine a lot of whether or not we get this done," Qualls said.  "A lot of it is up to our own community."
"Everybody has a part in this, whether it's taking a survey, talking to a friend, sharing information, it just will benefit everybody," Murphy said.  "Everybody has a responsibility to make this place great."
Phase two also includes two blocks of 7th Street, re-surfacing roads and new sidewalks, plants and lights.
"I think just from a significant historic standpoint, that it would be a good investment to preserve as much of Galena as possible," said tourist Glen Berry.
Visitors say the revitalized downtown makes them want to stay.
"We'd like to see a 5-star hotel the next time we come back," Berry said.
City officials say it's one improvement at a time and starts with the survey.
The city needs 51% participation in the surveys.
Surveys are available at City Hall and the upcoming Galena Days event, as well as several other businesses including Liberty Hall, Streetcar Station coffee shop, Bumper to Bumper and Cars on the Route.
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