During the 5 p.m. public hearing held prior to the City Council meeting, Hefner said the redistricting plan would have no problem securing Justice Department approval.
To meet the plus or minus five percent deviation from the ideal population of 1,998 person per district, Hefner recommended a portion the residences in the Edgewood Subdivision be shifted from District 1 to District 4. District 1 would remain a black majority district.
In turn, District 1 would encompass a section south of Edgewood and add an area south of the railroad tracks to Fourth Street and West Perrodin.
An area bounded by Hutchinson, Elizabeth and Jeff Davis would be transferred from District 3 to District 4.
None of the aldermen voiced any objections to the voter shift, and unanimously introduced the enabling ordinance during the Council session.
In other action, the Council approved a variance requested by Mary Solomon to open a snack shop at 706 Reynolds Street and a request by Wallace Simon to place a house trailer at 614 S. Eastern Street.
A street drive was approved on Dec. 9 and 10 for the Rayne Health Science class to finance medical supplies used in the EMT-B and first responder course.
A liquor license requested by Elton Landry for Big Daddy’s was approved, but the Council denied a request by Nathan Joubert for a liquor license for Pallo’s Seafood.
In his report, City Engineer Tim Mader told the Council and Mayor he expects bids for enhancement of Adams Street from South First Street to the railroad tracks should be bidded out within six months. In the first phase, the street between the railroad track and Edwards Street were improved.
Mayor Petitjean said he will ask the Development of Transportation and Development to reduce the sharp curve on American Legion Drive when the bridge is replaced. After the bridge and roadwork is completed, the street will be maintained in perpetuity by the city. In addition, Zaunbrecher Road will be maintained by the Acadia Police Jury.