NEW ALBANY —
Update to voting district passes
An ordinance to update and divide the city’s six election districts passed 6-3 on the first two readings. As required following the 2010 U.S. Census, the council must have a new redistricting plan in place by the end of the year.
Councilman Kevin Zurschmiede introduced the ordinance and said out of the two plans considered, the one he proposed was fair and less complicated.
However, Sixth District Councilman Scott Blair said the plan made his district “more jagged.”
But Zurschmiede said the plan he favored “affected fewer people and brought the numbers closer together.”
Blair, Coffey and Pat McLaughlin voted against the ordinance on the first two readings.
Two ordinances up for third reading — one to appropriate funds for the restoration of the Second Baptist Church clock tower and a second to require filing of documents with the city clerk — were both tabled.