Craven commissioners still working on new district lines

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 08:32 AM.

New electronic tools make redrawing the lines while preserving the integrity of neighborhoods and protecting the required minority districts considerably easier. So far, five maps have been created in the process.

Democratic commissioners Johnnie Sampson representing District 3 and Theron McCabe representing District 5 preferred the districts makeup in the fourth map, although map five is not significantly different and does not dilute their districts’ minority population.

Map 5 does, however, leave a neighborhood divided down the middle of the street in Trent Woods that was not divided in an earlier version accepted by Commissioner Scott Dacey.

He is requesting that oversight be rectified in a map version 5A and that will require another resolution to be approved by the board before a public hearing date is set.

Attempts are being made to consider changes Sampson and McCabe wish to include so the board can present a unanimous plan to county residents for their consideration.

There is no firm timetable on completing the process.

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