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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011, AT 12 O’CLOCK NOON, IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS/ COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR, CITY HALL, 401 NORTH TRENTON, RUSTON, LOUISIANA
A regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ruston was held Monday, April 18, 2011, at 12 o’clock noon, in the Council Chambers/ Courtroom, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana. A quorum was present, notice having been duly served. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Elmore Mayfield, Jim Pearce and Alderwomen Glenda Howard and Marie Riggs were present. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 12 o’clock noon. The invocation was delivered by Alderman Jedd Lewis.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. HEAR REPORT FROM DR. GARY JOINER RELATIVE TO REDISTRICTING PLAN FOR THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Dr. Gary Joiner, demographic consultant assisting with the remap process, was present to give a report relative to a redistricting plan for the City of Ruston. He said the 2010 Census numbers had revealed all five of the City’s districts are malapportioned and discussed the criteria for reapportionment which is demanded by the Justice Department and added that this is a very democratic process and citizen participation is encouraged. He said that each district must be within five percent (5%) of a perfect number for each district. There can be no fewer minority districts and each district must be viable from the standpoint of being intact. He said that you can have a part of a district separated from the rest, creating an island and each district must reflect neighborhoods, commonality of interests, race and ethnicity. A copy of the Preferred Proposed Plan (#6) with a Population Summary Report was distributed.
B. PUBLIC HEARING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 12:08 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 12:08 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
C. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING SECTION 12.1, CHAPTER 12, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, PROVIDING DELINEATION OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, BASED UPON THE 2010 CENSUS.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderwoman Marie Riggs.
III. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 12:09 p.m.
May 2, 2011
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: May 6, 2011

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