SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
A reapportionment plan has been approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners, but it is not expected to have an effect on voting districts.
That's because a township consultant has recommended retaining voting districts and polling places.
At issue were Wards 2 and 3. Commissioner James Seagreaves, whose term expires Jan. 1, 2014, represents Ward 2. Commissioner Debra Brinton, whose term expires Jan. 1, 2016, represents Ward 2.
Consultant Robert A. Kreibel, Principal-Project Manager, Urban Research & Development Corp. (URDC), met with Brinton, Seagreaves, Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano, Lehigh County officials and State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18).
The township paid $8,900 to URDC to make a determination concerning redistricting. URDC was the lowest bidder. Other bids ranged from $18,000 to $31,000.
The possibility of redistricting came about as a result of the 2010 census. The ordinance reaffirms the apportionment and the ward lines without changes.
Based on the 2010 census, population is:
Ward 1: 2,704;
Ward 2: 2,793;
Ward 3: 2,491, with District 1: 1,075; and District 2: 1,416;
Ward 4: 2,604, with District 1: 1,423; and District 2: 1,181; and
Ward 5: 2,716, with District 1: 1,332, and District 2: 1,384.
Kreibel undertook a one and one-half year study. He said the difference in changes in the number of voters was less than 10 percent.
"We're really not changing anything. We decided to keep it the way it is," Kreibel said.
"All of your wards are within 10 percent of the mean," said Kreibel. "The standard deviations are very low.
"It's our recommendation that you don't do so [change ward voting districts] at least until 2020," Kreibel said.
Copies of the URDC report presented to commissioners at the June 13 meeting included maps of township wards and street listings,
"I think this was very well done," said Commissioner President James Brown prior to the vote to accept the report and the adoption of the Reapportionment Ordinance.
"It's so good we don't even have a question," said Commissioner Joanne Ackerman.
"I think it's very professional. Thank you," Brinton said.
Ackerman made the motion, which Brinton seconded, to bring the ordinance to a vote, approved unanimously 5 - 0.