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Posted: January 25, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Social Circle approves redistricting map

Courtesy of the city of Social Circle/

This PDF shows the final redistricting map approved by the Social Circle City Council.

The Social Circle City Council unanimously approved a redistricting map Jan. 17 after reviewing multiple iterations the past few months.

 The council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance that alters the map of the city’s council districts. Social Circle’s four districts had to be redrawn because they became imbalanced when the city grew by 664 residents to 4,262 from 2000 to 2010.

 Ideally, each district would have 1,065 residents; however, black voting power must be preserved under the Voting Rights Act and incumbents should not be drawn out of their districts. Social Circle had 1,521 black residents, according to the 2010 Census.

 The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission drew the maps and created several iterations based on feedback from the council.

 In other city news, the council approved the purchase of a new chipper for $29,907 after the city’s current chipper broke.

 The low bid came from Mason Tractor Company. City Manager Doug White said the city had been renting a chipper for $630 per week to perform daily pickup. The money will come from the gas department’s reserves to enable the purchase to be made without requiring a loan.

 City Clerk Susan Roper and City Attorney Joe Reitman were also reappointed Jan. 17.

 Finally, Utilities Superintendent Robby Miller gave an update on the planned installation of a water line on South Cherokee Road, saying the city was waiting on the state to approve permits. White said work would begin when the permits were approved.

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