Council to discuss resident survey, protest ordinances

Christie Smith

Council members will consider questions for the 2016 Resident Satisfaction Survey and discuss ordinances addressing protesters during a meeting of the Ames City Council at City Hall on Tuesday night.

A meeting of the Ames Conference Board will begin at 5:30 p.m before the City Council meeting.

For the past 34 years, the city has partnered with Iowa State University’s Institute for Design Research and Outreach annually to create and administer a survey to Ames residents.

The survey is composed mostly of benchmarking questions, but typically includes a few questions about current policies or issues.

In recent years, the policy questions have addressed redevelopment projects such as those in Campustown, or transportation solutions such as a potential fare-free CyRide model for all Ames residents.

Council members will discuss options for this year’s policy or issue-related questions.

Ultimately, consultants with Iowa State will formulate the specific questions, said to Susan Gwiasda, Ames public relations officer.

Mark Lambert, Ames assistant attorney, will answer questions about potential protest ordinances at the council’s request.

Lambert reached out to several cities in Iowa to see how they regulate protesters, according to his letter to the council.

Lambert said that of the many responses he received, two cities “effectively” had protest ordinances — Iowa City and Fort Madison.

While Iowa City’s ordinance is specific to “picketers,” Fort Madison’s is a more comprehensive ordinance regulating both picketing and demonstrating.

Council members will also vote on resolutions to expand a shared-use path for bicyclists along the Skunk River Trail and to repair asphalt on several residential streets.