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MERIDIAN -- Meridian city leaders are touting the results of a recent survey.

But, those results also show that there is some work to be done, as the Boise suburb continues to be a boom town. With that boom, comes challenges in handling all that growth.

Meridian is Idaho's second largest city, or it's third largest, depending on who you ask. But, regardless of that, it's large, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the entire country.

Sometimes growth like that can be hard to handle, which is why city leaders are so happy with the overall results of a survey of hundreds of Meridian households.

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd said, The survey results are clear, Meridian residents believe we are a community for families and they value the services they receive from the city and its employees. And while these results are gratifying and confirm we're on the right track, we need to constantly be seeking ways to improve the quality of life in Meridian.

More than 90 percent of those surveyed rated Meridian as an excellent or good place to live and raise a family. Also, more than 90 percent of those surveyed rated overall safety in Meridian as excellent or good.

But, the results are not all sunshine and rainbows.

The city did fall well below the national average on just a few categories. One of those categories is satisfaction with education. Despite a slight majority being satisfied with the job the West Ada School District is doing, it's 11 percent below the national average.

Also, as you might expect with a quickly-growing city, satisfaction with traffic flow and congestion is 17 percent below the national average, and public transportation satisfaction is 22 percent below the national average.

So what should the city do about these concerns? That was in the survey too.

At the top of the list of what folks in Meridian want the city to work on is planning and zoning services. Second was traffic enforcement and third was programs for youth.

This survey wasn't just for show, City County President Charlie Rountree says the council will use this information as they work on the next strategic plan for the city. He says that will happen in the coming months.

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