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Town of Pelican voices concern over proposed legislative district map

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 09/14/2021 3:19PM, Last Updated 09/14/2021 6:25PM
Rhinelander - The Oneida County Redistricting Committee held a public hearing Thursday at the Oneida County Courthouse.

The hearing was designed to let members of the community comment on the county's tentative plan for redistricting legislative maps.

Last week the County Board approved a first draft of the municipality changes according to new census data.

The Oneida County Redistricting Committee has been working with the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to draw the maps.

During the meeting, county clerk Tracy Hartman read a letter signed by Town of Pelican Officials. The letter read, "The Town of Pelican Board asks you to reconsider your tentatively approved redistricting plan."

Among the town's concerns were that the tentative map separates the town of Pelican into three districts. Town of Pelican officials say adding a third supervisor would add extra costs and require more poll workers when there already is a shortage. Officials also worry voters will be confused.

Andrew Faust, the senior GIS analyst with the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission also spoke at the meeting, saying that the redistricting committee is in the second step of the process of completing the new supervisory maps.

"There's three steps: one, the county draws their tentative district plan, the townships divide into wards and make suggestions to the county's plan, then the county adopts their final plan and then you have your ward and your new districts moving forward for another decade," said Faust.

The plan is that the Oneida County Board and redistricting committee will consider any feedback heard at the public hearing.

The Oneida County Board will meet next week to discuss the plan for the new maps.
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