|Jury studying new redistricting map|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury viewed a preliminary redistricting plan Monday night that includes only minor changes to individual juror districts.
Parish Planner Oliver Schulz unveiled a map of proposed new political boundaries at the Jury's regular meeting Monday night. Jurors agreed to study the proposal and discuss it further at a special meeting next week.
Census figures show the parish's population at 20,822. Of that total, 1,181 are inmates held at the Hwy. 15 correctional facility, said Schulz.
A breakdown by district shows the following population base based on new census figures, according to Schulz:
District 1 (jurors Joe Parker and Carey Cook), 4,201 total (1,257 white, 2,886 black, 58 other).
District 2 (juror Willie Dunbar), 1,978 total (583 white, 1,359 black, 36 other).
District 3 (jurors Randy Temple and Whest Shirley), 4,575 total (4,130 white, 364 black, 81 other).
District 4 (jurors Jerry Beatty and Melvin Ferrington), 4,768 total (2,469 white, 2,192 black, 107 other).
District 5A (juror Jimmy Jernigan), 1,884 total (952 white, 906 black, 26 other).
District 5B (juror Red Tiffee), 2,235 total, (2,178 white, 30 black, 27 other). This district is the largest geographically in the parish, comprising about two-thirds of Concordia.
In other business, the Jury approved an occupational license for Lakeview Lodge, 1424 Fisherman Dr., Ferriday.