In Lewis County, The Survey Says...


Things are actually pretty good in Lewis County.

That's according to the sixth annual survey of the county done by the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College.

More than 400 residents answered a series of 70 questions.

And while no one thinks things are perfect, the majority surveyed are happier than in recent years when it comes to hot topics like the economy

"No one said it was excellent, but there was a higher percentage that said the availability of jobs was good," said Dr. Ray Petersen, director of the Center for Community Studies.

And it may come as a surprise, but the majority of 18 to 29 year olds surveyed agree good jobs are available in Lewis County.

"Much more positive about the availability of good jobs, the overall state of the local economy," said Petersen.

The future of Lewis County General Hospital is also on the minds of residents.

According to the survey, 58 percent of people would like to see the county keep ownership of the troubled hospital.

In fact, 79 percent of employees and past employees who were surveyed agree.

They too would like to see the county remain in control of the hospital.

"Lewis County spoke pretty clearly on that issue in terms of what they want to have happen," said Petersen.

Residents also had strong support for the school districts in Lewis County.

According to the survey, 87 percent indicating the schools are doing a good job of preparing students for the future.

County legislators will review the survey, hoping to figure out ways to keep the good vibes going.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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