Video: Reprecincting Committee, April 13, 2011; Ward 4 Has Excess People, Ward 2 Too Few

Here is a complete YouTube video of the 4/13/11 meeting of Northampton’s Reprecincting Committee. This video is 49 minutes long and was recorded by Adam Cohen.

The committee’s maps, documents, membership and meeting schedule are online here. Much of the committee’s work, shifting census blocks between wards and between precincts, may take place at its next meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Mayor’s Office meeting room in City Hall. The public is invited to attend. Be advised the meeting may run past 6:30pm.

Jerry Budgar, committee member for Ward 3, said that residents of Bradford Street would like to return to Ward 3. They were assigned to Ward 1 after the reprecincting that followed the 2000 census.

James Thompson, GIS Coordinator for the City of Northampton, circulated the data below that shows today’s population in the existing wards. The population of Ward 4 has grown too large, while the population of Ward 2 is now too small. In general, however, the committee believes that changes to the boundaries for most wards will be modest.