SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 13, 2001
A special meeting and workshop of the Terrell City Council was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 in the City Council Chambers at 2:00 P.M. with the following members present:
COUNCILMEMBER #1 HENRY C. MADGWICK
1. Call to Order.
Mayor Henry C. Madgwick called the meeting to order.
2. Discuss and Consider Ordinance No. 1932 - Tourism Board.
City Manager Gordon Pierce presented to Council for discussion and consideration Ordinance No. 1932 - Tourism Board. Council debated the problems the Tourism Board has and the stated objectives in the Ordinance. Council by consensus agrees that the ordinance does not provide sufficient direction to the Tourism Board and needs to be revised. Members of council also expressed concerns over differences between members of the Tourism Boards and the contractors receiving funding.
Council by consensus agreed to place this item on the November 20, 2001 Council agenda.
3. Discuss Redistricting Plan.
Leslie Johnson, demographer, and Dorkus Green Attorney presented to Council for discussion Redistricting Plan. Mrs. Johnson commented the City does not have to do anything. City Manager Gordon Pierce introduced Councilmember Tommy Spencer representing District 2, Councilmember Lee Schaeffer representing District 4, Councilmember Rick Carmona representing District 5 and Councilmember and Mayor Pro tem Frances Anderson representing District 3. Mayor Henry Madgwick was elected at large. Councilmember Tommy Spencer expressed a concern for a future loss of a minority district. Mrs. Johnson asked Councilmember Spencer if he is prepared to maintain a safe African American district even if it means going from two African American districts to one. In the 80's and 90's the City was able to draw two safe African American districts. With the increase of the Hispanic population and the percentage decrease of Anglo population the City is no longer able to do that because the Hispanic population is increasing and proportionately the black population is decreasing. The current number will not allow the city to maintain two safe minority districts or safe black districts. Councilmember Lee Schaeffer indicated the City needs to stay on top its district lines and stay away from changing lines. Councilmember Rick Carmona commented he was comfortable with things for the next 10 years and did not feel the need for change for now. Councilmember Frances Anderson commented she was not sure about the current district lines in the Blanche Street area and she felt that her district would be split by 2010 anyway due to people moving in District 3. Mayor Henry Madgwick commented that he did not see any reason for change now. City Manager Gordon Pierce recommended the item be placed on the next agenda for the Council to make a definitive decision. Councilmember Tommy Spencer expressed that while he was concerned he did not now see a need for change. Council consensus is to not change their respective districts.
There were no other matters discussed or acted on at this meeting. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.
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