City council to eye redistricting Wednesday


Proposed new boundaries: The Greenfield City Council Wednesday will discuss new city district lines, which determine the geographic area residents are represented by various council members. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in city hall. Representatives on the city council: District 1, Gary McDaniel; District 2, Mitch Pendlum; District 3, John Patton; District 4, Jason Horning; District 5, Kerry Grass. Council members Greg Carwein and Judy Grass are at-large members. No current council members would be displaced with the new boundary lines. (graphic: Brian Davis/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — The lines dividing Greenfield into five city council districts could be shifted soon, switching for thousands of residents the council member who represents them.

The Greenfield City Council Wednesday will discuss redistricting, a process done every 10 years based on census data.

The council has seven members. Five represent geographic areas of the city, and two are elected at-large.

Because of Greenfield’s growth, the districts became lopsided: The First District, on the city’s east side, grew to have too many residents; the Fourth District, on the west side, has too few.

Proposed new lines would mean roughly 4,000 residents for each of the five districts.

While district boundaries would remain in the same general area, more than 3,900 residents – about 20 percent of the city – will be in a new council districts.

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