Commissioners’ tribunal hears redistribution proposals | New
The commissioners received two cards with the changes proposed by Hays County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Trahan and Republican Party Chairman Bob Parks. These maps suggested changes in towns such as Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley, Dripping Springs, and a few others.
“Among US counties with 100,000 or more residents, Hays County experienced the fastest growing from 2010 to 2020 with 53% growth according to US Census data,” Trahan said. “As the redistribution occurs every two years, there was a clear need to balance population growth between constituencies across the county… underpopulated… Ward 1 was nearly perfect and the numbers for Ward 4 were also close to equilibrium. “
Trahan and Parks both mentioned factors contributing to the map, such as minority and majority communities. Commissioners raised concerns after the presentations. Precinct 2 Commissioner Mike Jones has expressed his dislike of the card presented by each party president.
“To be honest, I hate both cards,” Jones said. “But if you told me to draw a map, I would hate the map I drew too. Losing 13,000 people outside of my compound is really hard. [have] deeply rooted in Buda and Kyle, I have always seen myself as representing these two areas. These two cards are difficult to take. “
Throughout these presentations, the commissioners continually congratulated the members of the committee for the work they were presenting. Committee members were invited to stand as Judge Ruben Becerra thanked them for their efforts and dedication.
No concrete decision was taken regarding the redistribution after the presentations.
The court also passed a proclamation observing the first Saturday of each month as Harvey E. Miller Day of Service.
Miller was described as a pioneer, community builder, and civil rights hero in the proclamation. The proclamation also called on the citizens of Hays County to recognize Miller’s contributions to the community and honor him by in turn serving the community.
“I really miss Harvey coming to our Commissioners’ Tribunal as he would from time to time,” said Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe. “It was really a joy to have and to know. I’m happy that I got to know him and just happy that we can recognize him in this little way.”
Commissioner Lon Shell also spoke a few words in remembrance of Miller.
“I’m glad I got to know him,” Shell said. “I got to know him when I was in the county judge’s office. He came a few times a year; he was a fascinating man to know. I think it is a great honor for him and his family. . “
Later in the meeting, Leia Boggs was appointed Deputy Reserve Constable and Travis Bertram was appointed Deputy Constable in the Hays County Police Station. Both were sworn in at the hearing in the presence of their families. These appointments took effect immediately,
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