UPDATE: Change in City Population Means Changes for Charleston Council

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

UPDATE 11/13/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Population changes in Charleston mean some changes are headed to City Council.

Charleston City Council's committee on redistricting is considering a proposal to eliminate one of its 21 wards.

City officials say the ward is no longer needed because the population on the West Side has gone down, and it's on the rise in South Hills. Officials say they plan on making changes to the legislation that would allow a decrease in the number of wards.

The redistricting committee plans on meeting again to talk about the proposal before any action is taken.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A shift in population in the city of Charleston means changes in the way the city is represented.

On Monday night, City Council members named a new committee to focus entirely on redistricting the city's wards.

Nine members will be responsible for discussing changes that will result because of the population shift.

City leaders say it is needed because the population on the West Side has gone down, while it is growing in the South Hills area.

The group is expected to discuss the plans at the next meeting.

A meeting to discuss the final plans will take place before the end of the year.

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