City to host hearing June 5

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Board of Aldermen set the city redistricting hearing for June 5 at 5 p.m. to redraw the ward lines.

After the 2010 census, the ward population shifts requires the city to redraw ward lines to equal out populations “one man, one vote” requirement.

The hearing will seek public input on two plans developed by the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District. The plans aim for an optimum population of 1,658 persons in each ward. The Ward must be less than a 10 percent deviation from the optimum population to meet U.S. Justice Department requirements.

The two plans that maybe viewed at the Louisville City Hall and will be discussed at the public hearing have a 4.28 percent deviation. Before redistricting Ward 3 is 190 persons below optimum which is an 11.45 percent deviation and Ward 4 is 174 persons over optimum which is 10.51 percent deviation. The two plans move all districts closer to the optimum number of 1658 persons.

The Aldermen have contracted with GTPPD for a minimum of three plans and have left one available to create based upon public input.

The new wards lines will be in place for the next city election.