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City of Toledo apportionment board to solicit public input Three public meetings provide residents opportunity to offer feedback

The city of Toledo apportionment board will hold a series of public meetings to solicit community input on the redrawing of city council districts.

Residents may choose to attend any of three meetings to be held around the city.

May 3, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Highland Park shelter house
1865 Finch St.

May 10, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Lagrange branch library
3422 Lagrange St.

May 10, 2011 at 7 p.m.
West Toledo branch library
1320 West Sylvania Ave.

The city charter provides for the reapportionment of council districts every ten years so that all council districts may be as even in population as possible. The board will use community feedback from the public meetings and data from the 2010 Census in working with the Toledo City Plan Commission to establish new, equally populated council districts. Their work must be completed by May 15, 2011.

At their April 5, 2011 meeting, city council confirmed the appointment of the board as recommended by Mayor Michael P. Bell. The city charter requires that two Democrats, two Republicans and two Independents be represented in the apportionment process. The current apportionment board is comprised of Democrats Michael Beazley and Schylar Meadows; Republicans Phil Barbosa and Timothy Pecsenye; and Independents Ken Fallows and Andrew Newby. All are Toledo residents. Members of the apportionment board are volunteers and receive no salary or stipend for their time or work.