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Redistricting plan adopted by 3-2 vote
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – Following hours of moving county precinct lines back and forth and numerous failed attempts at getting a motion passed to accept new redistricting lines, San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court fi nally adopted a plan by a three to two vote. The adopted plan is contingent on getting approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ) because one census block in Precinct 2 near Hwy. 59 was split. The county’s redistricting legal advisor Syd Falk told the court that he thought the DOJ would accept the splitting of the census block. The plan adopted by Pct. 3 Commissioner Butch Moody, Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno and San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner is a modifi ed version of Plan 2 of two plans proposed by the court for consideration. The plan has Pct. 2 taking the north tract along FM 2666, with Voting Box 4 going to Pct. 1 and Voting Box 13 going to Pct. 1. Preliminary fi gures indicate that Pct. 1 will have about 6,691 persons; Pct. 2 about 6,401 persons; Pct. 3, the fastest growing precinct in the county, will still have the largest amount of persons at about 6,964 persons and Pct. 4 will have about 6,328, still the lowest amount of persons in the county’s four precincts. Most revisions in the plan were made in Precincts 1 and 2 with Pct. 1 Commissioner Laddy McAnally and Pct. 2 Local Weather Wed 9/14 102/69 Intervals of clouds and sunshine. Near record high temperatures. High 102F. Thu 9/15 100/69 A few clouds. Highs 98 to 102F and lows in the upper 60s. Fri 9/16 97/67 A few clouds. Highs in the upper 90s and lows in the upper 60s. Sat 9/17 94/68 More sun than clouds. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the upper 60s. Sun 9/18 94/68 More sun than clouds. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the upper 60s. ©2009 American Profile Hometown Content Service Commissioner Donny Marrs abstaining from voting on the motion that was passed. McAnally attempted to get the court to consider pulling the precinct line from Pct. 4 down to Hwy. 150, taking some of the population from Pct. 3 to no avail. “That would give everyone a fair shake,” McAnally said. The adopted plan has to be cleared by the DOJ prior to Nov. 12 when county candidates begin fi ling for the 2012 elections.