Baraboo approves new wards, district maps | Government & Politics

  Baraboo approves new wards, district maps |  Government & Politics

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“We turned this around pretty quick, but I think the end product is something that is certainly more than reasonable,” Pinion said.

“The census defines a certain geographic area,” Nelson said. “In the downtown area, where we have a grid system, a census block is basically a block and you can look at that and say, ‘There’s 52 people that live on this block, there’s 47 people on this block,’ but when you get to some of the areas that are not necessarily in a grid structure, you get some wacky looking census tracts that you cannot divide.”

The census blocks caused problems for those outlining the maps at the city level just as they did for GIS planners at the county level.

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The number of aldermanic districts, and therefore council representatives, will not change. Though the common council members will see their ward numbers change. Some wards have larger populations than others, which dictated how many are within an aldermanic district. For example, the first district comprises Wards 1 and 2, which have populations of 668 and 676, respectively. The ninth aldermanic district only includes Ward 15, which has 1,348.