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December 22, 2013

Slight shift for city council ward lines

Street locations to be determined in Logansport redistricting.

Logansport City Council recently approved some minor redistricting of its council wards.

Federal law requires such redistricting in accordance with population shifts reflected in the U.S. Census.

Logansport Community Development Director Chris Armstrong and Logansport City Attorney Randy Head spearheaded the effort. They were tasked with redrawing the city’s five city council districts so that they contained as close to the same population as possible, which resulted in about 3,561 people per ward.

Armstrong and Head said they were able to keep the lines where they were as much as possible, but some minor changes resulted.

“They are roughly the same, but they are not exactly the same,” Head told council members at a committee meeting earlier this month. “We tried not to make anyone move too much. It has not been done to help or hurt anyone or make a race harder for anyone.”

The city uses streets as borders for its council wards. However, the U.S. Census Bureau goes by blocks, which are then split into tracts, the borders of which are determined by population. City officials were able to redraw the ward lines based on the population blocks, but it has yet to be determined which streets the ward lines have shifted to.

Armstrong said most of the changes occurred along the borders of the city’s 1st Ward, represented by Bob Bishop, and the 3rd Ward, represented by Gary Fox. There were also changes along the borders of the 3rd Ward and the 4th Ward, represented by Chuck LaDow.

“I don’t think it’s going to make a major change for any of them,” Armstrong said.

Fox said at a city council meeting Monday because the new maps have yet to include streets, he is unable to tell whether or not his residence is in his district.

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