City Council to decide Tuesday

Re-Districting Maps Almost Wrapped Up

By Maureen Mespell

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A balancing act to try and ensure all Fort Wayne citizens get equal representation is the goal behind drawing up new maps for city council districts, a job that could wrap up Tuesday night.

District boundaries are regularly being re-shaped, to reflect population shifts, and population shifts are taking place, one of the southern districts is going to move further north.

Because the 2010 census showed faster growth in the third district in Northwest Fort Wayne, the fifth council district is being moved further north to take in new residents so population is more evenly distributed.

Dr. John Crawford/(R) Fort Wayne Council At-Large, who has taken a lead role in the process, insists neither political party, is being taken advantage of. " If you've ever looked at some really bizarrely redistricted state things, for example, where they have Rorschach test looking shaped districts, we didn't want to do that. So, there are always going to be little bumps and grinds, but these are pretty symmetrical, compared to how it could be."

Amoung other significant changes, the sixth district in Southeast Fort Wayne, is shifting a little further west with the new maps.

Re-districting has to happen within two years of a new census, the last of which took place in 2010, so this has got to be done.

Crawford says citizen input lead to some tweaking of the maps, he says council members have not raised a fuss about the composition of the redrawn districts.

He says don't expect any friction at Tuesday's vote.

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