The Brenham City Council unanimously adopted a final redistricting plan at its meeting today (Thursday).
After reviewing the map of the four redistricted council wards, the council voted to approve an ordinance proceeding with a redistricting plan that will take effect on January 1, 2023, in time for the May 2023 general election. No comments were made during a public hearing for the proposal.
Syd Falk with Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP said the biggest changes to the council ward map were made to address overpopulation in Atwood Kenjura’s Ward 3 and underpopulation in Albert Wright’s Ward 2. The adjustments were made by moving tracts from Ward 3 to Adonna Saunders’ Ward 4 and from Shannan Canales’ Ward 1 to Ward 2.
The plan was created after a special council meeting on May 5th, when Washington County Elections Administrator Carol Jackson said one of the proposed maps would move the American Legion Hall, a polling location, into Ward 2. Falk said the county has indicated the new map is acceptable and allows the city’s wards to suitably align with county precinct lines.
Falk said the new total maximum deviation between the city’s four wards, calculated by adding the deviation percentage between the least and most populated districts, totals 7.07 percent, which falls within the 10 percent deviation allowed by law. Prior to redistricting, the city’s ward deviation was 17.46 percent.
The second reading of the ordinance will be held at the council’s meeting on June 2nd.
Also at today's meeting, the council:
- Approved a service agreement with Bassco Services, Inc. for $232,012 for the design, construction and installation for the rebuild of the former Marathon Oil fuel farm and associated equipment from Alberth Aviation. The fuel farm and equipment was purchased and relocated to the Brenham Municipal Airport on March 15th, and includes two 12,000 gallon fuel tanks.
- Appointed members to the city’s Airport Master Plan Committee. Serving on the committee will be Ward 3 Councilmember Atwood Kenjura, Ward 4 Councilmember Adonna Saunders, City Manager Carolyn Miller, Development Services Director Stephanie Doland, Airport Manager Debora Pinto, Planning/Airport Technician Kim Hodde, Brenham Airport Liaison and pilot Randy Hodge, TxDOT Aviation Project Manager Mollie Klenzendorf, Washington County EMS Director Kevin Deramus, corporate aviation representative and pilot Scott Caggiano, general aviation representative and pilot Gary Snow, Blinn College-Brenham Campus Executive Dean Dr. John Turner, and Brannon Industrial Group President Blake Brannon.
- Accepted a $35,000 donation from the Fortnightly Club for the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library.
- Presented a Chief's Commendation to Brenham Police Officer Lawrence Garnett.