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City Council discusses redistricting wards

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Brazil City Council had its December meeting on Wednesday where they discussed the business of redistricting.

According to city attorney Traci Lawson, after each census, cities are supposed to redistrict to even out the population of every ward.

"Every 10 years we're suppose to go and use all the census information and check our districts," Lawson said, "and if they're not within a certain percentage (we must) redraw the lines."

The redistricting for the 2012 census must be done by the end of the year. Lawson has been working on redrawing the lines for Brazil's four districts.

"We have a total population 7,912," Lawson told the council, "so if you divide that by four the ideal population would be 1,978."

The current ward populations are as follows:

* Ward No. 1 -- 1,826,

* Ward No. 2 -- 1,706,

* Ward No. 3 -- 2,670, and

* Ward No. 4 -- 1,710

The Census requires that each district population be within 10 percent of each other.

"We (are) pretty lopsided," Lawson said. "We need to add something to each district except (Ward No. 3)."

Lawson wrote an ordinance that redraws district lines.

After redistricting, ward populations will be as follows:

* Ward No. 1 -- 1,967,

* Ward No. 2 -- 1,996,

* Ward No. 3 -- 1,970, and

* Ward No. 4 -- 1,979

After redistricting, each ward will be within 1.4 percent of each other.

The council has to amend the problem by ordinance, which will have its second reading at the next town council meeting.

In the mean time, the motion has to be sent to the County Clerk and then will be moved to the Circuit Clerk.

Other business discussed at the meeting includes:

*The second reading of the Fair Housing Ordinance was done and the ordinance was passed,
*Firefighter union 1453 obtained signatures for an increase in their Way of Life fund,
*A resolution adopting the notice provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was read and passed, and
*The discussion of insurance buyouts for former city employees was tabled until the next meeting.

The city council will have its last meeting of the year on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m.

The council regularly meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.



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