Not everyone will get one, but those who do are asked to fill out the survey that will be sent soon through the mail in an honest and thorough effort to let the county's elected officials know what you would like this community to look like.

Earlier this year, the fiscal court made a decision to hire a branch of the Political Science Department at Western Kentucky University to seek input and compile data to get a broader picture of what the citizens of Logan County want as far as recreational opportunities.

This quality of life study was sparked after a group of community business leaders gave a presentation to the court in February about doing a feasibility study on a singular project that involved buying Rolling Hills Golf Course and turning it into a sports complex. Members of the court were interested in a study, however, the body wanted to open up more than just one possibility and decided to go out on its own to find out what those who live here want.

Joel Turner, a Professor of Political Science at WKU is leading the study. Turner has been employed at the university since 2007 and has an extensive background in data collection. Working with his colleague professor Scott Lasley, the two along with some graduate students, have compiled a questionnaire that will be sent to 4500 addressed in Logan County.

"The way you get a demographic representation is to do a random sample of a community," said Turner who has been working on survey contracts since graduate school close to 18-years. "When you do it randomly, you get a cross-section of the public." This is considered the scientific form of collection.

Another avenue the survey will appear online. One of the criteria noted in the contract with the county was to provide the survey to everyone regardless of the scientific approach. The link will launch in conjunction with the mailer. Then citizens will be able to access the survey from their computers.

"Not everyone will get a mailed survey," said Turner reiterating that everyone was on the list. "We start with the name of every single address in Logan county which is about 13,000. Then we randomly select from that. As long as you have an address in Logan County, you have an equal chance at getting one."

There are many questions on the survey, says Turner. The survey will only take between 10 and 15 minutes.

"It's not a huge investment to have a say in your community," said Turner.

According to Turner, there will be general questions on the survey about race, gender, income, marital status, kids, etc. and then questions about park and recreation and opinions about living in Logan County.

"I'm hoping to get all the data collected and wrapped up ready to present to the fiscal court sometime in September, assuming there are no setbacks," Turner added.

Answering honestly is very important to gauging community desires, said the Turner.

"The court wants community feedback on how to spend taxpayer money. They want more input and data to make better decisions. The more accurate the picture the more we can predict what the citizens of Logan County want," Turner said.

The survey is completely anonymous.

"One of the most common things we run into are fears of digging into personal lives," Turner said.