Shreveport City Council votes on new district lines

Three Shreveport City Council members held a meeting June 6, 2022, during which members of the...
Three Shreveport City Council members held a meeting June 6, 2022, during which members of the public could view, comment on and ask questions about redistricting plans 6, 8B and 9.(Source: Destinee Patterson/KSLA News 12)
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 12:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 5:32 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Shreveport City Council members made their final decision Tuesday on new district maps ahead of the June 22 deadline.

This decision comes after questions arose about the redistricting process for the city. The council voted on amendment Plan 9B, over Plan 8B.

Plan 8B was set to be voted on according to the council’s agenda. The two other amendments listed were Plan 2 and Plan 9C. Demographer Gary Joiner previously told KSLA that Plan 8B follows previous patterns.

“Traditionally, you have three white, three Black and a swing district; 8B does that,” he explained.

Also, on the agenda: a final reading on a city donation of property to the Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce and an introduction to repeal of a surety bond with C. Edwards Concept LLC.

According to the agreement, the property donated to the chamber is currently considered surplus property. Therefore, the property “shall be used for the benefit of the public by spurring of economic growth and business opportunities for the benefit of the citizens within the City of Shreveport.”

“Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce has expressed its willingness to assume ownership of said property with the understanding that it will maintain the building and grounds in good order, and will maintain the structural integrity of said building and will make such updates and modifications as necessary to enable the building to continue to serve the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce,” it further reads.

As far as the repeal, it is expected to be read for the first time and will not be voted Tuesday night. It would repeal a surety bond previously added to the C. Edwards Concept LLC recycling contract.

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