Pell City residents will be realigned into new council districts for the 2012 municipal election.

Council members and Mayor Bill Hereford have asked the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham for a contract proposal to draw the new district lines.  Brett Isom, the commission’s geographic information systems administrator, said the cost of drawing and preparing the maps will be slightly more than $10,000.

The city’s population has increased to 12,695, according to the 2010 census, boosting the number of residents in one council district by 44 percent, while three others showed declines of between 16 and 18 percent.

District 4, currently represented by Councilman Donnie Todd, has grown to a population of 3,673, while Districts 2, 3, and 5 – represented by James McGowan, Dot Wood, and Donnie Guinn, respectively – have dipped to about 2,100 residents each.

The standard district size is 2,539 residents, according to the planning commission.  District 2 contains the city’s largest concentration of minority residents, at 47 percent, and Isom said the new maps are expected to include one district with a large minority population.

The council must approve the maps at least six months prior to the next city election next August.

In other matters at its meeting on Monday, council members:

— Reappointed Robert Simmons to the library board and Mary Palmer, Sara Brazzolotto, and Tim Gulledge to the board of adjustments.

— Appointed Ofes Forman Jr. to the city’s industrial development board.

— Agreed to postpone until later in the month considering job descriptions for new city attorney, IT support specialist, and engineer positions.

— Approved spending $7,300 to match a radio grant obtained by the Pell City Fire Department.

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