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PAWTUCKET – City Council is expected to approve a new map for local government districts in Pawtucket, narrowing the gap between districts by approximately 11%.

The city’s ad hoc redistricting committee voted for Map C, one of four proposed options for a new redistricting plan. A second confirmation vote will be required by the full city council at an upcoming meeting on April 20.

This decision will put an end to the discussions that led to multiple plenary sessions of the council and the ad hoc redistricting committee. Prior to giving their approval, Board members heard a brief presentation from Priti Mathur of ARC Bridge Consulting. Most of the changes to the new mapping result from the new mapping of the state’s Congressional and Senate districts.

“These districts determine how communities are represented at the local, state and federal levels,” Mathur said.

The redistricting process is required every 10 years according to the U.S. Census, which tracked Pawtucket’s population growth from approximately 71,000 in 2010 to 75,604 in the 2020 Census. The maximum allowable gap between the largest and the smallest district under the law is 10%. The current gap between District 3, at 11,798, and District 6, at 13,529, is 13.74%.

“We looked at the data and we saw here that District 3 had 803 people less than the ideal population,” Mathur told council members.

Having as equal a number of residents as possible in each district ensures fair representation on the city council. City District 1 is represented by Council Chairman David P. Moran, District 2 by Mark J. Wildenhain, District 3 by Terrence E. Mercer, District 4 by Alexis C. Schuette, District 5 by Clovis C. Gregor and District 6 by Marlena Martins Stachowiak.

According to Map C, the maximum gap between districts would be reduced to 2.75%, with each district in the middle range of 12,000. The aim is to maintain a balanced number of inhabitants in each district. Ideally, each neighborhood would have an equal number of 12,601 inhabitants, but this is an impossibility. In reality, the gap between neighborhoods according to map C will be between 80 and 95 inhabitants.

Proposed changes include a little more downtown placed in District 4, as well as a small piece of Broadway, around Burns Manor, moved from District 2 to District 1. This would essentially move everything on the west side of Broadway in District 1. , while everything on the east side would be in District 2.

Another area that would move would be the area around the Department of Public Works, moving from District 2 to District 3. This would include Jenks High School, Agnes Little Elementary School, and a largely industrial and land-rich area, including a cemetery. , and there are not many voters here.

The Prospect Heights housing complex would move from District 3 to District 4, due to the fact that local maps are meant to accompany state redistricting maps, with consistent representation. The complex has been in home district 62 and is moving to district 63 under the state maps.

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