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County moves to next phase of redistricting
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 07, 2013 | 188 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With new county district lines adopted, the work now turns to making sure Alcorn County voters are moved into the appropriate districts and voting locations.

The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a contract with Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell to enter all supervisors and state representative lines in the statewide election system. The updated information must be entered into the address library for every address that is being moved into a different district.

In addition to the changes for the county supervisor districts, Caldwell said multiple precincts are going to see state representative line splits. For example, a district will extend from Tippah County into Alcorn and split the Union Center precinct.

Caldwell will drive the district lines and verify that houses are placed in the correct district or precinct.

The first priority will be completing the split of the College Hill precinct, he said. The county’s largest box will now be split into two locations, College Hill and the north Biggersville fire station on U.S. Highway 45.

The changes must be completed by the end of 2014. The contract is for $7,500.

The justice court and constable districts are not seeing changes at this time.

The board also paid a $6,500 invoice from the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District on its work on the county redistricting, which was necessary due to population changes per the 2010 census.

In other business, Attorney Bill Davis updated the board on the situation with the failing water heaters at the justice center and regional jail complex. The manufacturer, Rinnai, is offering to provide replacement parts at no cost to the county but wants to be released from any further obligation. Also, Rinnai is now asserting that the units are not installed correctly and that there are issues with the water.

The county will await a response from the subcontractor who installed the units.

The board’s next regular meeting is 9 a.m. Oct. 21.
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