City Council To Review Ward Changes
The city's six wards must be altered every 10 years after the census is taken.
The Woodstock City Council will mull proposed changes to its six wards as part of the redistricting process during its meeting on Monday.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall Annex, which is located at 12453 Highway 92 directly across the street from Walmart Supercenter.
Redistricting occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census is taken. Community Development Director Richard McLeod said based on the city's 2010 population of 23,896, each ward ideally would have 3,982 residents, or 16 percent of the total population.
The city has to stay within the mandated 5 percent range, which means each ward could have between 3,783 to 4,181 citizens.
"There are some significant changes in neighborhoods due to the dramatic growth in certain parts of the city," he said when asked if the changes could mean shifting some neighborhoods.
The council will also hear from Wayne Spencer of the Woodstock Downtown Homeowners Association. Spencer will speak on the council’s decision not to reimburse the HOA for street light payments they made.
Other items on the agenda include consideration to ratify the decision to move forward on establishing a self-insurance fund for employees’ health insurance and approve amending the city’s land development ordinance to include a section on form-based codes.