Crown Point council approves redistricting plan
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent December 20, 2012 9:10PM
Updated: January 22, 2013 6:26AM
CROWN POINT — It is now up to the state to approve the final version of the city’s redistricting plan.
Council members in a special meeting Thursday gave their final seal of approval to the plan that divides five precincts and balances districts on based on 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population figures.
“I know it is a daunting task to make those numbers add up,” Mayor David Uran said.
Redistricting to balance the populations of the city’s five districts is required by statute every 10 years following the census.
Members of the redistricting committee said the challenge in the process was divvying up the city’s population more equally while making the boundaries of the districts more in line with major roadways of the city.
District 1, 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.
“This goes into effect next year,” Uran said, adding the plan must be sent downstate for review. The state has to put their stamp of approval on it.”
Locally the plan has been forwarded to both the city’s Democratic and Republican city chairmen for review.
Councilman Bill Feder, D-At Large, who chaired the redistricting committee, said both committee chairmen indicated they were appreciative of the effort officials took to redistrict the city.
Council President Andrew Kyres, D-3, thanked the committee for their effort.
“I know it took some time to work out all the details,” he said.