Wednesday, September 21, 2011

6th District Gets Public Hearing on Council Redistricting

   Though they weren't originally scheduled to, residents of Kansas City's 6th Council District will get their own public hearing on proposed redistricting that could change the ethnic and economic face of the 6th District.
   The Kansas City Redistricting Advisory Committee on Tuesday set times and locations for two additional public hearings on the redistricting process, one of which is in the 6th District: 

• 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Baptiste Educational Center, 5401 E. 103rd St., KCMO. 

• 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Mohart Center, 3200 Wayne Avenue, KCMO. 

   At first, only three meetings were scheduled, and none of those were in the 6th District, which could see neighborhoods moved into the 5th District on the east and gain neighborhoods along Ward Parkway in the west. 
   Sixth District Councilman John Sharp introduced a measure to have two additional meetings, one of which would be in the 6th District, which was unanimously supported by the City Council. The new meetings were scheduled at the committee's first public hearing 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Park Hills School District office north of the river.
    The committee will present no more than three maps to the City Council, who must approve any redistricting. Redistricting is necessary to equalize populations in the six council districts in light of the 2010 census results. 
   For links to video of redistricting meetings, redistricting maps, and further meeting information see the city's redistricting web page.

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