In August, the City Council was presented the work completed by the ward redistricting committee. This committee was made up of the Mayor, Councilor Nedelka, State Representative Watters, myself and the City Clerk. We met over the month of June and reviewed the opportunities we had to ensure that the ward populations were as even and balanced as possible. This ensures as close to possible a one person, one vote equation.
I know that I had two previous blog entries and a few Dover Downloads about the ward boundary changes, and want to present one final entry today, in hopes of describing the
proposed charter change that the public will
vote on in two weeks.
To summarize, the process, after the 2010 census data was received,
we broke that data down to identify the population of each ward. According
to documentation from the Attorney General's office the ward
populations need to all be within a range (approximately 4800 to 5100
residents). The ranges for the existing wards was between 4535 and 5775.
As it turned out wards 5 & 6 had a population above the range
and wards 1 and 2 have populations well below the range. Ward 3's
population is on the border, and ward 4 was right on the money.
shifting of population is such that Ward 1 gains from ward 6, and gives
to ward 2. Ward 2 receives from ward 1 and ward 5, and gives to ward 3.
Ward 3 takes from ward 2. Wards 5 and 6 give and do not receive, and
ward 4 stays the same.
Below are detailed explanations. For a full presentation of the information, please click here.
Ward 6 to Ward 1
there is a boundary between wards 6 and 1 running approximately along
Horne Street, and also along a portion of Glenwood Avenue. Under the
proposal being considered, the boundary shifts from approximately Horne
Street to the Spaulding Turnpike. The boundary along Glenwood Avenue
will now stretch for almost the whole length of the road.
area to be adjusted, containing 785 residents, will be between the
Cochecho River, Glenwood Avenue, Horne Street, and the Spaulding
Turnpike. This area includes parts of Hough Street, Hull Avenue,
Hillside Drive, Redding Street, Whittier Street and other streets in the
Ward 1 to Ward 2
there is a boundary between wards 1 and 2 running approximately along
Washington Street, between Central Avenue and Belknap Street. Under the
proposal being considered, the boundary shifts from approximately just
behind Washington Street to the Cochecho River.
area to be adjusted, containing 356 residents, will be between the
Cochecho River, St Thonmas Street, Belknap Street, and Chestnut Street.
This area includes parts of Atkinson and Belknap, St Thomas Streets and
other streets in the area.
Ward 5 to Ward 2
there is a boundary between wards 5 and 2 running approximately along
Arch Street, between Washington and Silver St. additionally, Rutland
Street and Fisher Street are border areas.
area to be adjusted, containing 448 residents, will be between the B
& M Railroad line, the Spaulding Turnpike, Central Avenue,
Locust Street and the Fisher Street, Rutland Street area around Woodman
Park. This area includes parts of Towell Avenue, Parker Street, and
other streets in the area.
Ward 2 to Ward 3
area to be adjusted, containing 264 residents, will be along Silver
Street, Elm Street, Locust Street and Union Street. The area between
Union Street and Central Avenue towards the intersection with Court
Street will now be in ward 3.This area includes parts of Locust Street,
Summer Street, and other streets in the area.
Should the public vote to enact the
charter change, the wards would remain as they are today until June of
2012. This will allow time for outreach and education to those who are
shifting wards. Also, it will occur after the Presidential Primary in
As always, if you have questions, please feel free to ask them.