NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Commission will begin an analysis for the county’s redistribution and mapping following the 2020 census results and subsequent actions by the state legislature earlier this year.
The commission, meeting Wednesday morning, approved a proposal from Atlas Geographic Data Inc. to perform the analysis and mapping at a cost of $ 5,000.
Barb Ross, the county’s chief election clerk, was on hand to explain the project.
“With the 2020 census, there was a redistribution for the whole of the state”, Ross said, noting that each county is also responsible for changing constituencies and main districts.
Ross said she knows changes will be made, although until the scan is complete, she’s not sure how big it is.
“Until we see the GIS, I have no idea what changes to make” Ross said.
Ross noted, as an example, the district changes for the House of Delegates. According to information from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office, the District of House 1 will include much of Hancock County, as well as part of northern Brooke County, dividing the town of Weirton.
House District 2 will include the rest of Weirton and some unincorporated areas of Brooke County, while District 3 will include Follansbee, Wellsburg and the rest of Brooke County as well as part of northern Ohio County.
Atlas’s work will include an analysis of current electoral district boundaries, county voter registration lists and county addressing data, as well as district boundaries for the Senate and House of Delegates of the State and US Census data.
As part of Atlas’ proposal, a first draft will be submitted to the county by December 6, with final versions completed by January 14.
Commissioner Eron Chek asked if the county would receive reimbursement for the study, with Ross explaining that she had heard of a verbal agreement from Governor Jim Justice to do so, but had not received anything official .
In other cases, the commission accepted Naomi’s resignation letters “Willie” Balt and Mary Thorn of the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Council. The commissioners thanked both for their service on the board.
On the recommendation of Commissioner Jeff Davis, the commission tabled the ad to fill the vacancies, Davis saying he would like to speak with the other board members about the concerns he has.
Other cases submitted to the Hancock County commission on Wednesday included:
Approval of a contract with the West Virginia Division of Administrative Services, Justice and Community Services for the 2021-2022 Victims of Crimes Act grant program
Schedule a 1 p.m. hearing on January 27 for the removal of an executor from the estate of Marleen Mallicone Lorello
Letter of Support Approved for Funding Request for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Improvement and Safety Program for Weirton Border Crossing Project
Has agreed to post an advertisement for a community position with the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission, with a term expiring in January 2024.
Approved the retirement of Leah Loar-Mays as a full-time dispatcher, effective December 1, and to pay for the remaining accrued vacation
Agreed to advertise for a representative of the wider community on the board of directors of CHANGE, Inc ..
Approved final disposition of the 2020 Sheriff’s Outstanding Land Sale
I agreed to post an advertisement for a position of Assistant Clerk in the County Assessor’s Office.
Approved reimbursement of $ 198.52 to Commissioner Paul Cowey for travel expenses. Cowey recused himself and left the room during the vote.
The next committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. on December 8.
(Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)