Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Dawson County district lines won’t be redrawn

LEXINGTON—Although population numbers have changed in Dawson County over the past 10 years, they have not shifted enough to force the county to redraw voting district lines.

Commissioners were relieved to learn from county attorney Liz Waterman that population numbers from the 2010 Census show the five voting districts remain substantially equal.

“Essentially, we dodged a bullet,” county clerk Karla Zlatkovsky said. “Not only would it be quite costly to redraw the districts but I think it would have ended up that some people from one Lexington district might have ended up voting in Sumner.”

Commissioners reviewed the districts and census numbers during their regular bimonthly meeting on Nov. 15.

While the districts are not equal in population, Waterman explained that the difference between the largest district and the smallest falls below the required 10%.

The last time district lines were redrawn was 1995.

In other business, commissioners:

received the monthly crime report from sheriff Gary Reiber.

approved a list of special conditions which the Dawson County Historical Museum must submit for a grant application that, if awarded, will be used to improve the parking area and provide better handicap accessibility to the museum and its outbuildings. The special conditions include an environmental review, financial management reviews, procurement standards, excessive force certification and fair housing.

named West Central Nebraska Development district as responsible for any state or federal aid applications.

referred four conservation easement requests to the planning and zoning commission. The applications are from James Guither, Dawn Daly, Jerry Herron and Carol Guither; Griffith Brothers Farm; and two from Darco Inc.