Taylor ‘committed’ to keeping district intact

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2011

State Sen. Bryan Taylor made a quick stop at the Troy City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon and spoke briefly to the council and those in attendance.

Taylor was in Troy to attend the public hearing on Legislative redistricting, which is required every 10 years. House and Senate districts will be redrawn based on the 2010 Census data.

Taylor said that Pike County is a “community of interest” meaning that the municipalities work well together.

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Taylor said that he doesn’t know what District 30, which includes Pike County, will look like once the districts are redrawn but he wants Pike County to “stay at home” because of the close relationship of all the communities. He also mentioned that Crenshaw County shares a close relationship with Pike.

District 30 includes portions of Autauga and Elmore counties and Lowndes, Butler and Crenshaw counties. The district is near target population size but Autauga and Elmore counties have experienced tremendous growth while the southern part of the district has lost some population.

“I am committed to do what I can to keep District 30 as it is,” Taylor said. “I will support a plan to keep it that way. I don’t want it to get carved up.”

However, if that is not possible, Taylor said that he will do all that he can to make sure the lines are drawn fairly so as not to break up communities.

In city business, the council approved the amending of two zoning ordinances for a RR (Reserve Residential) and A1 (Apartment Residential) zone in the 30.19-acre Oak Park development and the single family definition for RR and PH-50 (Patio House) zones as a single family related by blood or two unrelated single families.

The council also approved the Flood Damage Prevention ordinance to include wording to match the FEMA definition.

Mayor Jimmy Lunsford reported that he attended the Legislative reapportionment public hearing and said that officials from the county’s municipalities wanted to maintain the integrity of Pike County by keeping it intact.

“We have a common interest and we need to stay together and we want to keep Crenshaw County with us,” he said. “There is a commonality in District 30. Nothing was proposed today but I think it was a good meeting.”