Chautauqua Property Owners Association survey highlights room for improvement

The Chautauqua Property Owners Association will host its first of two open general meetings at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Hall of Philosophy. The meeting will be dedicated to sharing and discussing the findings of CPOA’s survey that was sent out to its members during last season.

Barbara Brady, CPOA’s new president, said the association plans to use the results to better understand the wants and needs of its members, work toward strengthening its relationship with Chautauqua Institution and build a rapport with President Michael E. Hill.

“We’re taking advantage of both being new and doing a better job of working together,” Brady said.

This is the first time CPOA has issued a survey since 2004. The first section included questions related to the demographic characteristics of survey respondents. Those questions for the first section of the survey were largely drawn from the 2004 survey in order to allow comparisons of study populations, where relevant. The second section included questions concerning a number of issues of interest to property owners connected to life in Chautauqua, and the third section included questions concerning property owners’ perspectives of CPOA’s role, function and performance.

Of the 1,251 members who received the survey, a total of 625 responses were submitted, then analyzed during the fall and winter by Helen Habenicht, Jamie Klingensmith, Jeff Lutz and Bill Neches, members of CPOA who served on the Survey Committee. The majority of the members completed the survey online, with only a couple dozen opting to submit hard copies.

“We will use those results to improve CPOA in how we communicate with the community,” Brady said.

Aside from the general meetings, CPOA’s board meets five times throughout the summer. CPOA’s annual area picnics will take place across the grounds beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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