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Beaumont closes in on changing neighborhood maps after census shows population drop

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Around 3,000 Beaumont residents may soon have a new council member.

The town of Beaumont has not taken its official vote on how the proposed neighborhoods might change, but it has not made progress toward approving new maps.

Beaumont City Council conducted its first vote on proposed new neighborhoods on Tuesday.

Council voted for the second draft map, also known as “Ward Map B”, which was presented at the July 26 meeting.

The scheme was created after the council and residents of Beaumont asked them to avoid splitting the ward off from Caldwood. The new map includes all of Caldwood in Ward II, instead of the previously proposed division, which placed some residents in Ward IV.

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“Several constituents in the Calwood area have contacted me and expressed their preference that they continue to have me as their councilor and wanted to know if we could redraw the maps,” said Mike Getz, ward council member. II, at the July 26 meeting. “The numbers don’t change much.”

As part of the process to adopt a new map, council must vote two more times, according to acting city manager Chris Boone. Voting will take place during city council meetings at 1:30 p.m. on August 9 and 16.

Although these meetings do not include a formal public hearing, residents will still have the opportunity to speak on agenda items at the start of the meeting and on any topic at the end.

The new maps were necessitated by the 2020 census which showed the city’s population had decreased by 3,014 since 2010.

“This decrease in population triggers the City Council’s responsibility to assess the impact of this decrease on the city’s four current single-member electoral districts,” Boone said previously.

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