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Redistricting discussion may come during census
from The Concordia Sentinel
April 17, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

The Concordia Parish Police Jury may look into redistricting once the 2020 census is underway, but for now jurors are opting to take no action on the matter.

Jury Secretary-Treasurer Sandi Burley said during the regular meeting Monday that Parish Planner Oliver Schulz reported that several issues must be considered before a restructure plan is put into place.

The discussion followed a request two weeks ago by former Police Jury secretary-treasurer Kevin Friloux to reduce the board structure from a nine-member body to one that includes only seven members or five. He said five single districts would save the parish $100,000 annually while a seven-member structure would save $50,000 annually.

Burley said Schulz explained it would cost $12,000 to research changing the structure, a move that typically is done in connection with the release of the new census figures. That cost is split with the School Board, which is also a nine-member body and mirrors the Police Jury structure.

Schulz also noted, Burley said, that state statutes from 1972 require no less than two minority districts in the parish, making it more difficult to establish a five-member district than a seven-member district.

Burley said Schulz indicated that the only area in the parish that has shown growth is Lake St. John.

As an example, Schulz outlined potential boundaries for seven districts parishwide based on a population of approximately 3,000 per district:

District 1, Ferriday; District 2, Clayton and Dunbarton areas south to U.S. 84; District 3, the lakes (Concordia and St. John); Districts 4 and 5, Vidalia; District 6, the area south of Ferriday and Vidalia and generally east of Cocodrie Bayou to the southern boundary of the parish; District 7, Wildsville-Stacy southward and generally west of Cocodrie Bayou to the southern boundary. District 6 and 7 would encompass three-fourths of the parish geographically.

Jury Vice-President Joe Parker said he didn’t foresee any major population changes in the parish.

In other business, the Jury approved an occupational license for Sundance Studio (hair salon), Jimmie Little, 299 Hwy. 569, Ferriday.

Jurors also voted to ask Derrick Means, DMV Trucking LLC, 125 Freeman Road, Vidalia, to attend the Jury’s next meeting to discuss his business operation before a vote is taken on his occupational license application.

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