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December 11, 2012

Council redistricting on hold until 2013

WASHINGTON — At its last meeting of 2012, the Washington City Council approved several transfer resolutions and tabled a redistricting discussion until after the first of the year.

According to Mayor Joe Wellman, the new district boundaries the council recently discussed have created some worries in the Daviess County Clerk’s Office. He said there may be other options, and the councilmen agreed it would be best to coordinate with county officials before moving forward with a plan.

“We do have the luxury of a year without an election,” said city attorney Tim Dant. “The county clerk is concerned about Precinct 12 being split three ways. It makes it complicated to prepare ballots.”

He said the county is mandated to establish precincts by number of registered voters, with no more than 1,200 per precinct. The city, however, is mandated to structure districts by population.

Transfer resolutions were approved for several departments to get them through the end of the year. They included:

* $180 from other services and charges to machinery and equipment for the General IT Fund to help cover the department’s share of a new server;

* $1,000 from office supplies to machinery and equipment in the Mayor’s General Fund for an updated computer and desk chair for his office assistant;

* In the Parks and Recreation Fund, $3,000 from communication and transportation to improvements other than buildings, $500 from printing and advertising to improvements other than buildings, $500 from repairs and maintenance to operating supplies, $500 from rental to operating supplies, and $1,000 from other services and charges to operating supplies for work on a sidewalk, the Community Building floors, new tires and replacement Christmas light bulbs;

* $2,000 from utilities to machinery and equipment in the Swimming Pool Fund for a new refrigerator, freezer and storage cabinets for the concession stand;

* $2,500 from repairs and maintenance to machinery and equipment for the Police Department to cover unbudgeted equipment for new cars;

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