BAKER — The City Council on Tuesday agreed to consider two proposed redistricting ordinances that reflect changes mandated by the 2010 U.S. census.
The council, along with other political subdivisions, is required to reshape its voting districts every 10 years to reflect changes in population determined by the U.S. census.
William Blair of Redistricting LLC presented two plans — Plan 1 and Plan 2 — redrawing council district lines to meet U.S. Department of Justice requirements in advance of Louisiana’s March 24 municipal primary election.
Councilwoman Carlon Simpson’s District 3 and Councilman Charles Vincent’s District 1 would remain unchanged under both plans.
Under Plan 1, Councilman A.J. Walls’ District 2 would remain the same as it was in 2000.
Also under Plan 1, Councilman Jimmy Pourciau gains some of Councilman Fred Russell’s district.
Plan 2 gives Pourciau some of Walls’ district.
Voting for Plan 1 were Pourciau, Simpson, Vincent and Walls. Russell voted nay.
The council’s vote on Plan 2 reversed, with only Russell voting yes.
The council will hold a public hearing on the issue during its Sept. 27 meeting.
Other matters coming before the council Tuesday night included:
ROAD WORK: The council accepted the low bid of $1,290,600 for needed road work submitted by Barriere Construction, Franklinton.
Kevin Gravois, of PEC Corp., Baton Rouge, will notify the contractor to proceed with the project. The contractor would have 150 days to complete the job.
CEMETERY: The council, which acts as the board of commissioners for Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, agreed to hold a work session at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, to discuss increasing the cost of grave spaces, interment fees, mausoleum crypts and vaults.
SWIMMING POOL: Chief building inspector Jack Gleason reported a swimming pool at 3806 Charry Drive poses a safety and health hazard.
The council agreed to initiate condemnation proceedings.