SURVEY: How do you use downtown? (fixed link)

Published 8:20 pm Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Downtown Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey of people who work in downtown Troy.
Committee chairman Adam Drinkwater said the survey was an attempt to see how those who work downtown utilize the area, whether they frequent the businesses or have lunch in the downtown eateries.
“We’ve confirmed some things we knew and found some things we didn’t expect,” he said.
So far, the committee has had a good response. But, Drinkwater would like to see more people take part in the short online survey.

“If we can make a final push this week, maybe we can make a better sample,” he said during Wednesday’s meeting at Sips on the Square.
Members of the Downtown Committee had positive reports of TroyFest’s impact on business. Those in attendance came from throughout the state, ate at downtown restaurants and visited many of the shops.
Sips on the Square owner Lyndsay Taylor said the restaurant had such a successful Saturday that they had to cancel plans to open the following day.
“We ran out of food,” she said. “It was phenomenal.”
Patti Davis, owner of Milky Moos reported similar success and was already planning ways to improve service next year.
Like many of the local merchants, the Johnson Center offered free water and a respite from the heat. Executive Director Vicki Pritchett said the center had a lot of visitors during the festival, many who said they did not realize the center was there.
Pritchett reported two upcoming events at the Center. She said artist Mary Ann Casey has an exhibit this month and a reception would be held Sunday, May 18.
The Center is also planning a luncheon for May 21 that will include a small concert at 11:45 a.m.
Kathy Sauer, president of the Chamber, said April’s historic walks were a success, drawing in a diverse crowd.
Melissa Sanders, planning and zoning administrator for the City of Troy, updated the committee on plans to improve downtown sidewalks and add bike routes that would draw more people to the downtown area. She said bike racks were in the budget and locations to place them were still under discussion.
Sanders also discussed the City’s current clean-up campaign. Several groups have volunteered around the Square and she hoped to see more participation in the coming weeks.
“This is our community,” she said. “We need to take care of it.”

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