Redistricting spurs questions from legislators

— Clinton County Legislators continue to look into a redistricting plan that would impact Areas 3, 4, 8 and 9.

At the Clinton County Legislature meeting Nov. 22, Mark Dame said he doesn't think Fort Brown Drive should be moved from Area 8 into Area 9. Dame won the November Election and will become the newest Area 8 Legislator on Jan 1, 2012.

The Clinton County Legislature re-draws district lines every 10 years based on U.S. Census numbers.

More than 82,100 people live in Clinton County, according to 2010 Census figures. Once the lines are re-drawn, each distirct would have roughly 7,900 people in them, some more, some less, according to a formula that allows either 5 percent above or below the average.

Areas 3 and 4 and Areas 8 and 9 must be changed to fall within population requirements.

Area 4 would take in some people in Area 3, which is 41 people over the limit.

Changes to Areas 8 and 9 have fallen under the greatest scrutiny. Area 8 has nearly 800 more people than allows, while Area 9, which borders it, has far fewer than guidelines permit.

The current plan, which could change, would shift the district boundary in Plattsburgh’s south end to absorb the area near Fort Brown Drive and Club Road on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base,

“The new boundaries of Area 8 have concerned me because they go down the middle of Fort Brown Drive and separate neighborhoods,” Dame said at a public hearing.

Plus, he said, there has been development there.

He wants to keep Fort Brown Drive and the tail end of Club Road in Area 8.

“I just ask that you take a look at that,” Dame said.

The Clinton County Legislature tabled the vote on the new plan. A recommendation will be made before the Dec. 14 meeting.

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