Council sets committee to establish wards, districts
The proposed resolution by Alderperson David F. Bogdala to create a special leadership committee that will establish wards and aldermanic districts with regard to the redistricting process of 2011 was unanimously approved by both the Finance Committee and the Common Council Monday night.
Mayor Keith Bosman stated that preliminary drawings from the Council have been received. There is a meeting this week and also another meeting on May 9. The final drawing should be completed either on May 20 or 21.
Bosman said that, even though the County Board was reducing its numbers from 17 to 14, the number of aldermen would not be reduced. If there were 14 districts, that would mean 7,000 people in each ward. Currently, each alderperson has approximately 5,000 people.
Twenty years ago, Bosman chaired the Redistricting Committee, which was made up of the chairs of the standing committees. Ten years ago, the city Plan Commission became the Redistricting Committee. Personally, the mayor stated that his choice would be the Plan Commission this time around because he stated that he felt it would be good to get the city’s residents involved.
Bogdala agreed that the public should have their input. “People should not feel disenfranchised. All meetings need to be public.” His district has more than doubled. He has the fourth largest municipality in Kenosha County. He stated that there needs to be several meetings in the next 60 to 75 days.
Jeff LeBon gave the Finance Committee information on the three-step process. Phase 1 involves the county giving their tentative supervisor plan for the entire county. Then, the city has 60 days to create wards, then districts. Phase 3 involves both bodies coming together for finalization of the plan. The Finance Committee unanimously approved the resolution.