Aldermen approve redistricting

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Board of Aldermen approved plan for redistricting of each ward in the city to meet the federal requirement of “one man, one vote”.

Under the approved plan, Ward 1 will have 1616 residents; Ward 2 will have 1655; Ward 3 will have 1693; and Ward 4 will have 1667. The population deviation between each ward is 4.64 percent under plan. The Department Of Justice requires less than a 10 percent deviation. The plan wil be sent for DOJ approval and upon approval will be put into place before the next city election.

“Plan 2 (the chosen plan) seems to fit better,” said Alderwoman at large Frances Ball.

Alderwoman Gwenita Mays noted she had spoken with several in the community and was not aware of any major issues with the redrawn wards.

Animal Shelter has positive year Jody Fulton, Louisville Animal Control officer and code enforcement officer, reported to the board the annual figures from the animal shelter which were in a positive year for the facility.

Fulton noted that the shelter in its sixth year had picked up 607 animals and had arranged adoptions for 358 of those animals and had 22 reclaim their pets. Fulton added that while the total number of animals was in line with previous years that adoptions were good and euthanasia of animals was way down.

The 2011 report showed the lowest amount of euthanasia with only 187 in 2011. The previous years for euthanasia were almost double that with 323 in 2010 and 439 in 2009 as examples.

Over the past six years, the animal shelter has collected over 4564 animals and adopted out 1889 of those animals.

Fulton noted that the shelter houses about 40 animals at a time and persons could come by the facility to adopt one of the pets. Fulton also complimented Mississippi State University for spaying and neutering the animals for the shelter. See a Pet of the Week in this week’s Journal.

New police policy on investigations The aldermen approved a new policy on investigations which outlines procedures for all investigators as well as a timeline for contacting victims of crimes on how the case is proceeding.

“It govern the call out of investigators and their duties at the scene as well as the follow up on each investigation,” said Mayor Will Hill.

Alderwoman Judy McLeod noted that it was important to keep those who were victimized apprised of the investigation. The new policy outlines a timeline for how to keep all informed of the case’s progress.

In other police matters, the board approved DARE and Chaplain training. In other business, the aldermen:

• Discussed the closing of Baremore and Railroad Avenue as work on the former American Creosote site has begun. • Approved payment on the issuance of the general obligation bonds they plan to use for street repairs. • Approved H.B. Hudspeth to serve on the Utility board for 5 years. • Approved Will Hill to serve on tourism board which is inactive at the moment. • Discussed zoning board appointments and plans for the new zoning ordinances. • approved cleanup of 114 Eiland Avenue by the city with the cost against the property’s lein. • Set a hearing on an unclean property for July 17. • Accepted Bids for supplies. • Void several unused checks. • Set date for budget and tax levy hearing for August 7 at 5 pm. • Accepted volunteer firefighter • Acknowledged the retirement of Harold Robertson from Parks and Recreation Department and notice of three part time seasonal employees leaving. Todd McCullough outlined his personnel needs to the board and noted the city would be hosting three youth baseball tournaments. • Discussed the ongoing clean up and salvage at the former Georgia Pacific plant. • Discussed the positive sales tax numbers for the city. •Set the next meeting for July 3 same days as Red White and Blue Parade.