Linden continues vote district remapping research

Published 9:47 am Friday, September 27, 2019

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Council Secretary Bruce Ward updated the Linden City Council on Sept. 17 on his latest research into the city’s options for redrawing districts based on the 2020 census data.

After speaking with Brandy Wilkinson with the Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission, he learned that Tuscaloosa’s Craig Remington can perform similar services that were presented by Bobby Skipper, an independent voting district mapper that offered his services to the council during their Aug. 20 meeting.

However, Remington’s services would cost less than $500, and Remington told Ward that redrawing districts would only be necessary if the city annexed any property within the last 10 years, as the city’s election would actually be over before the 2020 census results are available.

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Councilor Bryon Vice also thanked city workers for installing the new flagpole at the entrance of Scott Park. The flagpole was installed and dedicated by WoodmenLife South Alabama to honor the victim of the 9/11 attacks and current police officers and firefighters. Vice is the Linden Chapter 672 secretary.

Mayor Charles Moore said he has gotten requests to add lights so the flag can be seen at night, and he set Public Works Supervisor Wallace Walker to the task of checking the costs.

Other items discussed by the city council include:

  • Dinning sent letters to letters to owners of dilapidated properties.
  • Moore informed the council of two upcoming equipment expenses. A tractor’s motor is currently undergoing repairs, and a bush hog will need to be replaced after it was damaged in a collision with a semi-trailer truck. Moore said on Sept. 4 that the individual driving the tractor was in good shape.
  • Ward announced that a new business will be located on S. Shiloh St. RBC Enterprises will be relocating from its Demopolis location and storing lumber in Linden.

The Linden City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at city hall, 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, September 25 issue of the Demopolis Times.)