Crown Point to look at redistricting one more time
By CArrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent December 8, 2012 7:30PM
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:33AM
CROWN POINT — A new redistricting of the city based on the 2010 U.S. Census will be considered during a 6:30 p.m. Monday special City Council meeting.
Members of the redistricting committee were still refining their plan at the start of the most recent City Council meeting when they deferred a decision on the map until the special meeting. The redistricting committee, which began meeting this spring, decided to meet one more time to finalize details prior to the council vote.
“I think we need more time,” Councilman Mark Schweitzer, R-At Large, said.
Redistricting to balance the populations of the city’s five districts is required by statute every 10 years following the census. The population of each district must be within 10 percent of each other. Officials have until the end of the year to ratify the changes that make that happen.
District 1, currently the district with the largest population, will see the most significant change with more than 3,000 residents redrawn into other districts. District 2 will also be reduced. Districts 3, 4 and 5 all stand to gain residents. The city council is divided into five districts and two at large seats.
Among the goals of the redistricting is dividing the districts in a more contiguous fashion while taking into account how the population may grow during the course of the coming 10 years.
Schweitzer said the committee has created a main plan and a back-up for officials to consider. The preferred plan splits up a number of precincts and committee members are not sure what the full council will think.
“We could not really achieve the population split we were 100 percent comfortable with by just moving precincts,” Schweitzer said.