Clay County now has new supervisor district lines with Monday's adoption by the Clay County Board of Supervisors of the redistricting map that was developed with the help of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.
Most of the changes reflected on the new map were made within the city limits of West Point.
The block where Sixth Street, E. Main Street, Cottrell Street, Clay Street and East Half Mile Street connect used to belong to District 1 but is now included in District 4. This move gave District 4 410 people from District 1.
The original plan showed where a block in District 3 where McClellan Street, E. Broad Street, E. Main Street and E. Jordan Ave. connect was given to District 1, but this block was given back to District 3. If this block had been put in District 1, the county's population percent variance would have been 3.37 percent, which is within the United States Department of Justice's requirement of a percent variance below 10 percent. But, with the block given back to District 3, the county's percent variance is now at 7.49 percent, which is higher but still acceptable to the Department of Justice. District 1 supervisor Lynn Horton and District 3 supervisor R.B. Davis agreed that the block should remain in District 3 since changes could be made elsewhere to bring the county's percent variance below the 14.25 that it had before the redistricting maps were adopted.
The block where the east side of Smith Street, N. Warrior Road, E. Brame Ave. and Dix Street connect was moved from District 2 and given to District 5. This move gave District 5 229 people from District 2.
The area within N. Travis Street, the east side of Court Street, the south side of Tournament Street and the west side of Grove Street was moved from District 5 to District 3. This move gave District 3 27 people. A small block where part of Travis Street, E. Broad Street, Marcade Street and the Kitty Dill Memorial Parkway meet was given from District 3 to District 2, and this move gave 74 residents to District 2 from District 3.
There are still three minority districts with these changes. District 1 went from having a black population of 65.2 percent to having a black population of 62 percent. District 4 went from having a black population of 77 percent to 78.8 percent. District 5 had a slight black population change from 63.1 percent to 63.4 percent.
Because District 4 and District 5 had populations that were under the ideal population of 4,127 people for each District, these District received the most people in the changes made in the new maps, helping bring each District as close to the ideal population number as possible.
The new map will not affect the county elections for this coming fall but will be used during the next county election season. Toby Sanford, GIS manager with the GTPDD said it may be a week before the new map is sent to the Department of Justice, which examines the maps and lets counties know whether or not changes need to be made.
Justice Court and constable district maps for the county will be discussed and adopted at a later time.