Legislators held off on a vote to reapportion the 10 Clinton County legislative districts until they can give the plan a further look.

Under the proposal, Areas 3 and 4 and Areas 8 and 9 would have to be changed to meet population requirements.

District lines must be re-drawn every 10 years based on population counts from the U.S. Census.

The county has a population of 82,128, according to the 2010 census. As a result, each district will have an average of 7,900.

The law allows for a deviation of 5 percent either above or below the average. Under that formula, districts can range from 7,490 to 8,280 people.

The county's Planning Department and Legislators Tom Sears (R-Area 3, Beekmantown) and Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain) put together a plan to meet the requirements.

AREAS 8 AND 9

The biggest change is slated for Areas 8 and 9 in the south end of the City of Plattsburgh and a portion of the Town of Plattsburgh.

Area 8 has grown to the point where there are 760 more people than the allowed amount. Area 9, which borders Area 8, is under by 270.

Area 9 could absorb the 760 from Area 8 and still be within the 5 percent requirement.

To accommodate the change, the plan would move the district boundary in the city's south end to include the area near Fort Brown Drive and Club Road on the oval of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in Area 9.

DAME SUGGESTION

But at the recent legislature meeting, Mark Dame, who won the November election and will take over as the Area 8 legislator on Jan. 1, 2012, asked for a change. He doesn't think it is necessary to move Fort Brown Drive into Area 9.

"That street has always been in Area 8, and it would be nice to keep that neighborhood there," he said.

County Deputy Administrator Rodney Brown said Fort Brown Drive could stay in Area 8, and the district would still be in compliance by just one person.

He said the committee did not make that change initially because there is property at the north end of Fort Brown Drive that could be developed, which could add too many people to the district.

AREAS 3 AND 4

The other proposed change is in Area 3, which is 41 people over the limit. Those would be absorbed by Area 4.

To make the change, a boundary line on Burke Road would be extended farther north.

Legislator Robert Butler (R-Area 6, Saranac) suggested the vote on the new plan be tabled because four legislators were absent from the meeting, including Sears and McManus, who helped put the proposal together.

The Planning Department, Sears and McManus will review Dame's request and make a recommendation before the Dec. 14 meeting.

Email Joe LoTemplio at:

jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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