By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
Last week the Floyd County Council unanimously approved a redistricting plan, and the three commissioners followed suit Tuesday night.
Under the new plan, the council’s four districts will become more even in population. The 2010 census revealed large discrepancies in the number of residents living in the four districts, which elect four council members every four years.
Before the redistricting plan was put in place, two of the four districts had more than 20,000 residents. Now the districts are much more in synch — District 1 has 19,527 residents, District 2 has 17,898, District 3 has 19,313 and District 4 has 18,108 residents. An effort was made to have less residents in Districts 2 and District 4 since they are potential growth areas.
Council members Brad Striegel, Jim Wathen and Steve Burks worked on the plan. Striegel said it took about two months to come up with the final version.
“We were lopsided [before redistricting],” Striegel said. “It was a pretty stressful task but in the end I think we did a pretty good job.”
The redistricting plan will only affect Floyd County Council races.
County voters will also have two new polling sites in 2014. Instead of voting at Greenville Elementary, residents will vote at John Jones Automotive Outlet along U.S. 150 while some Georgetown voters will likely vote at Georgetown Christian Church instead of Georgetown Elementary School. The NA-FC School Corp. asked that polling sites be moved out of the two schools, according to Don Lopp, director of operations for Floyd County.
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVES $71,850
The commissioners agreed to give the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department $71,850 in 911 funds to upgrade some of the county’s dispatch equipment.
Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills said during his presentation to the commissioners that the upgrades would help speed up response times. Mills said he reached out to the city police to see if they wanted to partner with the new equipment, but said they chose not to.
GREENWAY COMMISSION LOOKING FOR SPACE
Shauna Graf, project coordinator for the Greenway Commission, asked the commissioners if they had any extra space for up to seven meetings a month.
Lopp said he would check to see if space was available at the M.L. Reisz Building or Pine View Government Center for Greenway staff to have an office. The commissioners told Graf to check with their office about availability for meetings.