SPARKS — The Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee will host a public workshop to gather citizen feedback and opinions on proposed changes to city ward boundaries. Citizens interested in providing input are encouraged to attend from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, located at 1200 12th St.
The redistricting process comes on the heels of last year’s census, which showed the population within certain wards throughout Sparks is not evenly distributed. In terms of population, each ward is required by city ordinance to be within 5 percent of the other. As an example, the city has a ward that is 26 percent greater than what the average should be, and another ward that is 16 percent less than what the average should be.
New ward boundaries could put Sparks residents in a different ward than they reside in now, which means the City Council representative they voted for might not be directly representing them when the ward boundaries change.
Concepts for the new ward boundaries will be considered in a workshop format at the Sparks City Council meeting on Monday. To preview the proposed concepts, go to cityofsparks.us, then click on “Agendas.”