Corinth sets public hearing for redistricting map

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.

Ward populations

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.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com