County resident Ed Allen was before the commission asking what the county commission intended to do about redistricting.
The commission voted down a motion 3-2 in April to hire a consultant for the redistricting process.
Allen complained that the county had not done anything concerning redistricting and was in violation of the Florida Constitution.
According to Allen, the constitution states that the county “shall” take action on redistricting.
He wanted the board to revisit the issue and take another vote moving forward with the redistricting requirement. In addition, he pointed out that by population the districts were unequal.
He said that District 1 had grown by 16 percent since last redistricting and that District 4 had dropped by 9.9 percent.
According to the state’s constitution, the county is required to hold a meeting on the redistricting issue. In March of this year, County Administrator Robert Presnell brought attorney Mark Logan to update the commission on the requirements.
Logan explained at that time that redistricting must be done in odd numbered years after the 2010 U.S. Census had been taken.
The commission postponed the redistricting issue in 2011. This year it would need to be dealt with or the county, according to Logan, would have to wait until 2015.
Logan explained that it takes a good faith, due-diligence effort on the part of the county to look at the districts.
Allen spoke during the “citizens’ items” portion of the meeting and no action was taken on the issue.
In other business, the commission approved a Joint Economic Development resolution with the cities of Chattahoochee, Gretna, Midway and Quincy and the Towns of Havana and Greensboro to promote working together on projects.
Presnell explained that the cities and the county would now be on the same team for economic development.
He went on to say that the schools were doing their part by improving their grades.
“I’m excited about this,” Presnell said about creating a working team with the city and town managers.
Plans, he said, were to have a meeting in the near future to develop a guide to move forward.