Jefferson City Redistricting Moves Forward Amid Lack of Public Comment
JEFFERSON CITY -The city council held a hearing Monday evening so residents could comment on a ward redistricting plan. But nobody spoke either in favor of or against the plan.
Federal and city law require the city to adjust its districts every 10 years after the census. The city settled on its plan early this year and held a total of four open houses in January so the public could look at the plan and ask questions about it. During the meeting, the city clerk noted only two people spoke during any of these events.
City councilman Ralph Bray, who represents the 5th Ward, said most of the city's population growth has been in the 4th ward. The ward boundaries are being shifted primarily to the southwest to accomodate this growth.