PARKERSBURG - A public hearing on a proposed redistricting plan for Wood County's three magisterial districts is scheduled for 10:30 today.
The hearing is being conducted in the county commission offices on the second floor of the courthouse.
Wood County Clerk Jamie Six said there is some question whether the code requires a public hearing.
"But we opted to go with the hearing to make sure everybody would have a chance to speak if they have a concern, or want to voice a differing opinion or have any questions," Six said. "The county commission will take input from any concerned citizen who may be affected by the changes."
The clerk said his office had not received any comments so far, positive or negative, regarding the proposed change.
The option to be discussed at the hearing would move Precinct 38 (population 327) from District A to District B, and Precinct 69 (population 797) from District C to District A.
This option will not affect any sitting county commission or board of education members, the only public offices that require candidates to reside in magisterial districts to run. The three commissioners must each represent one district, but are voted on countywide. No more than two BOE members can be from the same magisterial district.
"Once the commissioners make a decision and enter an order, we will make the changes," Six said, noting while there doesn't appear to be a requirement all those affected by notified in writing, he will recommend that be done.
"It's a way to make sure no one can claim later they were unaware of the change," Six said.
"We usually go above and beyond on notification," Six said.
The clerk said the proposed option the commission chose for consideration is the least invasive.
"In an attempt to go below one percent variance, so far it's just set in motion, they have not made their final decision. They could choose to make no changes and would be within the three percent variance, with these changes, it would make it less than one percent," Six said.
The redirecting options were presented as a result of population shifts reflected in the 2010 census.
The proposed changes do not affect any current sitting elected official.
The only effect the changes might have in the future would be on possible board or county commission candidates. Filing for office for the 2012 election begins in January.