City of Natchez redistricting hearing set for Monday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2003

NATCHEZ &045;&045; Your address may not have changed, but your representation might under a redistricting plan being considered by the Board of Aldermen.

A public hearing on the proposed district lines will be held at 5 p.m. Monday in the city’s council chambers on Pearl Street.

Board of aldermen ward lines must be redrawn after every census to balance out the number of residents in each ward.

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&uot;They’re just minor changes, mostly,&uot; said City Attorney Walter Brown.

Proposed changes include:

Moving the north side of John R. Junkin Drive from Ward 3 to Ward 1.

Moving parts of Washington and State streets from wards 1 and 4 to Ward 3.

Moving an area including Dumas and Old Washington Road from Ward 5 to Ward 2.

Moving Park Place and surrounding streets, as well as part of Fatherland Drive, from Ward 3 to Ward 6.

Moving Alta, Espero and surrounding streets from Ward 6 to Ward 3.

Moving Virginia and Gaile avenues from Ward 4 to Ward 5.

Moving the west side of Passbach and Eastbrook from Ward 6 to Ward 5.

If there is no objection to the proposed lines, Brown will send them to the U.S. Justice Department and the state Attorney General’s Office for approval and then to the governor for his signature. The lines must be approved 60 days before qualifying for next year’s municipal elections, said City Clerk Donnie Holloway.

Statistics provided with the city’s old and new district maps showed that every ward lost population between the censuses of 1990 and 2000. Ward 3 lost the fewest residents, with a net decrease of 53; Ward 5 lost the most, with a net loss of 302 residents.