Brundidge council drafts two sets of lines

Published 6:39 am Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Brundidge City Council members and other city officials met with state reapportionment officials in Montgomery Tuesday to redraw district lines for the city.

The district lines that had been drawn for submission to the Department of Justice used data that was flawed and, as a result, new lines had to be drawn.

Britt Thomas, Brundidge city manager, said two workable maps were the result of the meeting and will be presented to the city’s citizens for their consideration at public hearings at 4 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Feb. 7 at Brundidge City Hall.

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At those times, interested citizens will have an opportunity to review the maps, ask questions and give their input.

“Either of the maps will work for us,” Thomas said. “The city’s population is 2,076 so ideally each district would have a population of 415.”

Map One as presented has District 1 with a population of 419, District 2, 417; District 3, 408; District 4, 410; and District 5, 422.

District populations for Map Two are: District 1, 422; District 2, 417; District 3, 408; District 4, 415; and District 5, 414.

Thomas said greatest differences between the two maps are in Districts 1 and 5. There is a slight different between the two for District 4 and only minor differences between the maps for Districts 2 and 3.

The maps are available for viewing at Brundidge City Hall and will be available on the city’s website at

Thomas said citizens are encouraged to come by city hall and review the maps.

The council will vote on a map at its Feb. 21 meeting in order to have the map posted and passed for the state by Feb. 28.

In other business, the council met on Tuesday and reviewed the city’s financials for the month.

Thomas said financially the city is where it should be and where it is budgeted to be.

The council also heard an annual report from Police Chief Moses Davenport, who said that domestic violence topped the number of incidents in the city during 2011 at 81. Six hundred and 38 tickets were written by city police officers. The number of gas drive-offs had dwindled to only six.

All in all, the chief said Brundidge remains an area of low crime and his officers work diligently to keep the city safe for all its citizens.