Ward Reapportionment Committee to meet this afternoon

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | 1:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The Ward Reapportionment Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss two more trial plans. A final report is required by the committee by Sept. 15.

The committee has already reviewed proposals known as Trials A, B and D. On Tuesday, it will revisit those ideas and introduce Trials E and F.

Meeting Information

Day: Aug. 23rd

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: Mezzanine Conference Room

Daniel Boone Building, 701 E. Broadway

Details: The meeting of the committee is open to the public, but is not a public hearing.

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The committee is charged with proposing new ward boundaries in the wake of the 2010 census. The debate centers around how to add population to the First Ward, which has fewer residents than any other ward.

As the committee reviews its various proposals, a group of citizens has also met to discuss its own ideas for how to expand the First Ward. That meeting was organized by Pat Fowler, board president of the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association.

“We have to live with the outcome of the reapportionment for the next 10 years,” Fowler said.

Phillip Christensen, vice chairman of the Worley Street Park Neighborhood Association, attended the meeting organized by Fowler. Afterward, Christensen made a map outlining a different plan for ward reapportionment based on ideas discussed at the meeting.

Christensen's map would extend the First Ward to the western border of Columbia, which would eliminate its status as the only landlocked ward in the city and would allow it to expand over time. All the other plans created by the committee leave the First Ward landlocked.

There has been no formal discussion of this map by the Ward Reapportionment Committee.

Today's meeting is open to the public but is not a public hearing. The committee last met on July 28. Information from previous meetings is available on the city's website.

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Ray Shapiro August 23, 2011 | 4:44 p.m.

The only unbiased plan would be to divide this city up into representative segments similar to the quadrants Chief Burton implemented.
Dividing a town this size into four sections on a reasonable axis would solve a lot of problems.
The city council would eventually have 4 members and a mayor.
First ward would no longer be getting excessive attention and the mayor could work with "The District" agenda.

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Mike Martin August 23, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.

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