By Bonnie Culverhouse
Not only will the Minden City Council meet in regular session Monday night, but the following week, they will join for a special session held strictly to vote on reapportionment.
Since the total population of Minden has decreased since 2010, demographer Doug Mitchell told council members in a workshop that some district lines will have to be moved in order to comply with the law.
“In 2010, total population was 13,082,” said Mitchell, executive director of North Delta Regional Planning and Development District, Inc. “The plan in 2010 had a 9.2 percent deviation.”
In a redistricting workshop with the council, Mitchell said in 2020, total population was 11,928, a 26.15 deviation, with B and D that are “highest out of deviation.”
Deviation is one of the most important things in redistricting.
“You want to be 10 percent or less,” Mitchell said.
During the workshop, the council looked at Mitchell’s maps and agreed on the one pictured above, however, it will be officially voted at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14. It is the only item on the agenda.
The council will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 7 with the following items on the agenda.
- Condemned properties;
- An ordinance to amend home occupations permitted;
- Add Juneteenth to the city annual paid holiday schedule;
- Surplus properties;
- Amend 2021/2022 city budget;
- Bids for street improvements project;
- Bids for Robertson Drive lift station project;
- Bids to repair and repaint the 500,000 gallon water tank;
- Bids for 2 return activated sludge screw pump parts;
- Budget and financial report for January 2022; and,
- Police report for January 2022.
All meetings are held in Council Chambers at Minden City Hall. The public is invited to attend.
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