On Monday, October 17, 2011 the Duncanville City Council held their Town Hall Meeting regarding the redistricting of the single-member council districts at the Duncanville Library and Community Center meeting rooms.
In the October 3 City Council workshop members developed a proposed redistricting map to facilitate public discussion and input.
Attorney Bob Hager explained that after each census the council must look at the population distribution of each district and the variance cannot be more than 10% between the least populated and most populated districts.
Currently the difference between District 1 and District 4 is 13.8%, according to the 2010 Census.
The United States Department of Justice requires that when looking at redistricting, two things must be taken into account;
At that time the floor was opened up for citizens to address the issue of the proposed redistricting map.
The following citizens spoke on the issue:
No other persons asked to speak and the public hearing was closed at 7:17pm.
The council members were given an opportunity to address the issue.
Grady Smithey moved to approve map B modified and have the city staff draw up the ordinance to be reviewed and voted on by the council in the first meeting in November.
Freeman seconded the motion, but questioned why this was necessary for only 13.8% deviation. Hager explained that the Department of Justice required it if it was over a 10% deviation.
Jameson that asked why you just couldn’t pull from district 4 and move them to district 1. Hager explained that you can’t move lines and hurt the chances of an incumbent being reelected.
The council then voted and the motion and it passed 5-2 with Jameson and Thomas voting against.