MALONE - Franklin County legislators accepted Thursday the redistricting plan they have been considering for the last few months, which keeps largely to the same layout the county used before the last census.
The plan moves one Malone election district from legislative District 2, represented now by David "Billy" Jones, to legislative District 4, represented now by Marc "Tim" Lashomb.
Dan Jenkins, who was one of several who successfully sued to overturn the county's redistricting plan after the 2000 census, commented to the board several times about concerns he had with the plan. Legislator Tim Burpoe, D-Saranac Lake, said board members asked county Attorney Jonathan Miller to make sure the county responded in writing to Jenkins concerns. Legislators responded to them verbally at their previous meeting, but Jenkins was not in attendance.
The newly adopted Franklin County legislative districts are numbered on this map, 1 through 7.
The current Franklin County legislative districts have been in place since 2003.
Burpoe said he also asked the county's election commissioners, Kelly Cox and Veronica King, why they are still using magic markers and photocopied maps of the county to illustrate the district layouts. He suggested using the county's geographic information systems mapping software to create more professional-looking maps.
"We have the capability," Burpoe said. "I don't know why we're still hand-drawing it."
Having such a map may highlight one of Jenkins' issues, that there's a line drawn through the middle of the town of Bombay to separate it between different districts, Burpoe pointed out. There are geographic as well as governmental separations there, even though the town doesn't have a population of 110 percent over the population average of the county, which is the normal requirement for splitting a town into different districts.
Burpoe said legislators asked for that map to be created by the time the county advertises the local law advertising the new district plans in local newspapers.
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