Map 'C' brings changes to Beaumont.

Beaumont City Council members passed a new redistricting map to be sent to the Justice Department for final approval. By a vote of four-to-three, council members chose Map C. 

Councilman W. L. Pate made a motion for the council to consider Map H. Councilman Mike Getz seconded the motion but the vote for Map H ultimately came up short three-to-four. 

Map C splits Old Town between three different wards. 

A final decision on a redistricting map is a week behind schedule. But Tuesday, a majority of council members spoke for Map C. 

Mayor Becky Ames, Councilmen W. L. Pate and Mike Getz voted against the map. Councilman Pate said Map C was not what the citizens wanted. 

"We need to think about the citizens and the road ahead," Councilman Pate said. 

In July, a homeowner in the Oaks Historic District spoke against Map C which divided Old Town into three wards. 

Tuesday Virginia Jordan, the President of the Oaks Historic District Neighborhood Association said she and her neighbors will see the bright side of the council move. 

"We have a voice through three council members. We are embracing it," Jordan said. 

But if Map C is approved by the US Department of Justice, it may cost Councilman Getz votes. The people of Precinct 65 were influential in his election. 

Now precinct 65 will be in ward one, not in ward two where Getz resides. 

Other notable changes with Map C, ward four in South Beaumont would now stretch to the center of the city, taking ground from ward one. 

And a portion of North Beaumont would be moved from ward one to ward three. 

Whatever the changes, Old Town homeowners hope others can also find a way to stay positive about them. 

"We believe our council members will do great for us and we will do great for them," Jordan said. 

All proposed maps were reviewed in advance by an Austin attorney to determine their compliance with legal guidelines. 


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