By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Corinth has set a Dec. 3 public hearing for comments on a new ward redistricting map as it prepares for a 2014 municipal election under the city’s special charter.
Redistricting was required after the 2010 U.S. Census showed a variance of more than 10 percent in population among city wards.
Primarily Wards 2 and 5 were affected, where the population variance was almost 14 percent, said Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District spokeswoman Kathy Brinkley.
Brinkley presented the new proposed map at a regular city board meeting last week and asked that a date for a public hearing be set before a final map can be adopted.
The realigned wards have a population variance of about 7.75 percent, with populations under new ward lines as follows:
• Ward 1 – 2,862 (from 2,862)
• Ward 2 – 3,088 (from 3,160)
• Ward 3 – 2,953 (no change)
• Ward 4 – 2,869 (from 2,838)
• Ward 5 – 2,973 (from 2,760)
A notice of the public hearing will be published in the local newspaper several times, and a copy of the proposed map may be viewed at City Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.