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Hearing set on proposed city ward lines
by Jebb Johnston
Nov 06, 2013 | 156 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a ward redistricting proposal in hand, the Corinth Board of Aldermen on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on the changes.

The hearing will be at the top of the agenda for the regular board meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Citizens will have an opportunity to comment before the board formally adopts the map.

City officials describe the changes as minimal overall. City Clerk Vickie Roach said the greatest population growth occurred in ward 2, which includes the northeast part of the city, and the city needed to balance it with ward 5.

The largest proposed shift will move the boundary between wards 2 and 5 west from Highway 45 to Forest School Road, with ward 5 taking in the 84 residents between those roads. Ward 5 also would take 21 from Ward 2 with the ward line moving east from Maple Road to Willow Road south of Magnolia.

GIS Planning Technician Kathy Brinkley with the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District said the wards had a population variance of 13.7 percent between the most and least populous based on census 2010 results, and the number needs to be less than 10 percent. The proposal on the table reduces the variation to 7.8 percent.

Ward 5 would go from a population of 2,760 to 2,973. Ward 2 would go from 3,160 to 3,088. Ward 1, at 2,862, and ward 3, at 2,953, would have no population change, while ward 4 would increase slightly from 2,838 to 2,869.

“We did as few changes as possible,” Brinkley told the board.

Corinth has five wards with an alderman elected from each.

The city plans to have the new ward lines in place ahead of the quadrennial general election coming up next year. Candidate qualifying is about six months away.

Alcorn County recently completed its redistricting process for the five county districts.
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