The Pierce County Redistricting Committee met Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 to discuss the newly released census numbers and a draft of new district boundaries.
As committee members looked to redraw and alter Pierce County district lines, census numbers showed each district population needed to be within 5% of 2,483. With a sub committee recommendation to stay at 17 supervisors, there were no districts added or subtracted.
The committee took action to approve a Tentative Supervisor District Plan, revisiting with two alterations on Sept. 2, approving a second version of the plan.
In an attempt to best follow the school district boundaries in district 8 and 12, the board adjusted that line to account for more accurate census numbers.
Second, the City of River Falls has plans for an annexation to occur later in the year. The redistricting committee voted to be proactive and maped districts in accordance to that anticipated annexation. It was stated during the meeting that addressing that now would alleviate any unnecessary splits through aldermanic districts and extra ballot deviations.
The map will be sent to the County Board Supervisors, municipalities and made available online, at the county clerk's office, and is on display in the courthouse.
The Pierce County Board will take action on version two of the Tentative Supervisor District Plan at the Sept. 15 meeting and public hearing.
Districts 3, 5, 8 and 11 would see some substantial adjustments if this tentative plan is approved.
Districts 9, 10 and 17, the east end of the county, would see very little, if any, change.
One question from the redistricting committee on the tentative plan was if any incumbent supervisors would be displaced. The answer was no -- everyone would be kept in their respective districts.