Thursday, October 27, 2011

Redistricting Update

The Kansas City Council took no action regarding new boundaries of City Council districts at its regular session today. Councilman John Sharp predicted in the Oct. 27 print edition that the council would act soon on redistricting, possibly as soon as today's meeting. That was not the case. Sharp has urged residents who are concerned about redistricting to contact the mayor and council members:

816-513-6501

816-513-3500

For redistricting basics, visit the city's web site redistricting page here.

Sharp hopes the City Manager's office will forward more than one potential redistricting map to the council for consideration. The current map favored by the KC Redistricting Advisory Committee splits the 6th District, putting much of it into the 5th and extending boundaries on the west into the Waldo area. Sharp, along with the South KC Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Communities Coalition, the KC Neighborhood Advisory Council, the 3-Trails and Martin City CIDs, and virtually every HOA in South Kansas City, has endorsed a "Community Map," which the city calls "Map No. 7," that preserves more of the 6th District boundaries. So far, the city has not placed the Community Map on its web site.

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