JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -

Jonesborough's Board of Mayor and Aldermen has asked researchers at ETSU to conduct a survey of the needs of the community.

The study will be submitted to the Community Chest organization, which is made up of representatives from the town, Washington County Schools, and the Kiwanis Club, among others. That group will be used to find out how to better provide services to folks in need as well as recreational activities around Jonesborough.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen decided to allocate the $6,500 to pay for the study, because they believe that investment will pay off. "It's certainly very appropriate for the town. We are constantly looking at ways to asses the needs of the community ourselves, and it gives us the chance to ask a few questions in terms of recreation priorities and other kinds of priorities for the types of services we provide," says town manager Bob Browning.

They hope the survey will help identify where there may be some overlap and inefficiencies in those services.