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Meeker Co. board to review redistricting plan
May 7, 2012

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to review the adopted redistricting plan after receiving a Writ of Mandamus ordering it to either adopt a new plan in compliance of state statute or show cause before the court.

During the public comment portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting, concerns were raised regarding closing that meeting to discuss the matter privately.

Attorney Stephanie Beckman explained it is attorney/client privilege to privately inform commissioners of the court’s order and the legalities.

The commissioners closed at meeting briefly to discuss the order with the county attorney.

Upon reconvening, the commissioners announced that the board would meet Tuesday, May 8 at 8:30 a.m. to review the adopted plan.

The Writ of Mandamus was filed by Kingston resident Mike Housman and signed by Judge Steven Drange April 26.

The Writ was a result of the approved redistricting plan that Housman said does not meet the statutory requirements of being regular and compact in shape and having nearly equal population in all districts.

A court date has been set for Thursday, May 10 at 2 p.m., at which time the commissioners will present a new plan or reasons for adopting the current plan.

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