City Manager Brad Hulsey said at the State of the City address last week some other cities found the process to be “like World War III.”
“We didn’t have that issue,” he said.
Hulsey said the city hired reapportionment “guru” Linda Meggars, paying $300 for four hours work to rebalance the population of the city’s three wards in accordance with the 2010 census.
“It was much simpler than I anticipated,” he said.
Ward 1 City Councilwoman Cheryl Sarvis agreed, although she loses 7,000 residents.
“The lines just happen to fall in a way that looked logical,” she said.
Ward 2 City Councilman Al Thurman, who gains 7,000 residents, said it was an amicable process.
“There was no controversy,” he said. “We looked at the options and, based on what we could see, it made sense.”
Not only was it painless, it was quick, according to Ward 3 City Councilwoman Nancy Hudson, who with a gain of 370 residents, has the least amount of change.
“It was very easy,” she said. “It took about an hour.”