Dudley to discuss wards at library meeting

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 5:08 p.m. CDT; updated 10:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Even the room has been redistricted.

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley’s meeting with constituents on ward reapportionment has been moved to a larger room at the Columbia Public Library.

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What: Meeting with Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley

Where: Friends Room, Columbia Public Library

When: 4 p.m. Friday

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The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the Friends Room which can accommodate up to 100 people. It was originally scheduled in the smaller conference room B, but was switched to a larger room after Dudley publicly announced the meeting.

Dudley proposed a new version of trial map D — and also announced Friday’s meeting — at Monday night’s council meeting.

As previously reported by the Missourian, the amended trial was created by Dudley to fix contiguity issues in the original map. The amendment would leave Thornbrook in the Fifth Ward and add a small southwestern section of the Second Ward. The move would place less of the Old Southwest neighborhood into the First Ward.

Ward reapportionment has become a pressing issue for the city council. The council will hold a public hearing and vote on a final map at its next meeting Oct. 17. With the addition of Dudley’s new version of D, there are now five possible maps — the others are A, B, E and the original D — for the council to choose from.

The process began in May when the mayor called for a committee to be formed. The Ward Reapportionment Committee officially completed their work when Chairman Bob Pugh submitted his report to the council on Sept. 19. Now the final decision on how to redraw Columbia’s wards is left with the council.

Dudley — along with activist Karl Skala — will be appearing on KBIA’s "Intersection" program on Monday, when the discussion topic will be the ward reapportionment process.

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