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City Council to discuss bill to redraw voting wards
by Tribune Staff
Sep 12, 2011 | 2213 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS – A first reading of a bill that would redraw the city’s voting wards will be heard today during a regularly scheduled session of the City Council.

Municipal code requires that no single ward have a population that exceeds any other by more than 5 percent.

But the 2010 U.S. Census reports that population growth since 2003 — the last time the voting wards were redrawn — has upended this balance and triggered the necessary adjustments.

The city’s population currently stands at 91,057.

According to staff reports, when the total population is divided evenly among the five wards, Ward 1 is under-populated by about 10 percent; Ward 2 is under-populated by 3 percent; Ward 3 is under-populated by 16 percent; and Wards 4 and 5 are overpopulated by 26 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

In August, city staff presented three different redistricting concepts for the council’s discussion. Based on that input, staff focused on modifications to map 1C, which now includes the Stonebrook development and the area master-planned Tourist Commercial within the Tierra Del Sol zoning handbook into Ward 4, represented by Councilman Mike Carrigan.

No formal action will be taken today, only discussion. A public hearing on redistricting is scheduled for Sept. 26.

In other general business items, the council will consider continuing to participate in “Scope of Work for Business Licenses,” a measure approved by the Shared Services Elected Officials Subcommittee that aims to consolidate business and permit licensing services between Sparks, Reno and Washoe County.

Finally, the council is expected to accept the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, which reimburses the city to the tune of $42,863 for parks and recreation programming at Alice Maxell, Robert Mitchell, Lincoln Park, Agnes Risley and Kate Smith elementary schools.

The City Council meets at 2 p.m. today in the legislative chambers at 745 Fourth St.
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