Thursday, June 13, 2024

Redistricting on Monday, May 8th Town Council Meeting

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The Stratford Town Council will conduct a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers of Stratford Town Hall.  The Public Forum will begin at 6 p.m.

On the agenda: Redistricting.  According to the agenda:

“Whereas, the Town Charter requires the Town Council to appoint an Election District Revision Commission to rearrange the boundaries of the existing ten election districts of the Town; and,

Whereas the Town Charter requires the Town Council to enact an ordinance to establish revised election district boundaries in accordance with said Commission’s recommendations; and,

Whereas, Connecticut General Statutes require that any such municipal reapportionment plan shall be based on population data for such Municipality from the most recent decennial census of the United States.

  • 11-2 of the Town Code of the Town of Stratford is hereby repealed and the following substituted in lieu thereof:
  • 11-2 Election districts established.
  1. For the purposes of the regular and special Town elections, the Town of Stratford is divided into ten (10) districts. The boundaries of said districts shall be as set forth herein and shall continue to be the boundaries of the election districts in the Town until different boundaries are adopted in the manner set forth in the Charter of the Town of Stratford.
  2. The election districts shall be as set forth in the census block assignment file which is based on the most recent United State Decennial Census information and which is attached hereto and made part hereof, which is incorporated by reference into this ordinance.

RESOLVED: that the first reading of the above entitled Ordinance be and is hereby dispensed with as copies thereof have been previously furnished to each member of the Town Council, and that the same be adopted as a first reading and referred to the Ordinance Committee.”

Editor’s Note:  the Election District Revision Commission sent the new redistricted map to the Town Council with a factorable recommendation, there was no map presented.   Several Town Council members were called, as well as both Registrar of Voters for clarification on members of the Public being able to view the new redistricted maps, as well as being given an opportunity to weigh in.

According to the Town Council agenda: “the first reading of the above entitled Ordinance be and is hereby dispensed with as copies thereof have been previously furnished to each member of the Town Council, and that the same be adopted as a first reading and referred to the Ordinance Committee.  The Ordinance Committee meets on May 22nd.

We have been unable to verify if the Ordinance Committee will allow a public hearing.  Information we have verified is that Beth Daponte was the demographer; District 2 was consolidated; Longbrook is now in District 8.

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