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Victoria council expected to nominate members to citizens advisory committee on redistricting

By Sonny Long
April 17, 2011 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHO: Victoria City Council

WHAT: Regular session

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Council chambers, 107 W. Juan Linn St.

INFORMATION: 361-485-3040 or go to www.victoriatx.org

A citizens advisory committee will help officials redistrict the city's voting precincts.

On Tuesday, the Victoria City Council is expected to nominate members to serve on the committee.

City staff informed the council that the re-mapping of voting district lines was a likelihood because population changes recommended naming a 15-member citizens advisory committee to assist.

Council members will appoint two members from their district and the mayor will appoint three at-large members.

"I do not expect the committee to formally be appointed until May," said John Kaminski, director of development services. That date has not been set.

The city council, citizens committee and the city's consultant, Allison, Bass & Associates, will work together on a final redistricting plan.

During the last council meeting, Kaminski, said the Department of Justice, which must approve any redistricting plan, looks favorably on getting citizens involved in the process.

In addition to the citizens advisory committee, at least one public hearing on redistricting must be held before a plan is submitted.

A final recommendation on redistricting needs to be approved by August so the consultant can submit the proposal for pre-clearance by September to the Department of Justice. The plan must be approved in time for the May 2012 municipal election.

Victoria's voting boundaries have not changed since 1992.

To see a complete agenda for Tuesday's meeting go to www.victoriatx.org.

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