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County corrects voting map errors


County corrects voting map errors
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney (from left) and Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker listen Feb. 27 as Dick Evins voices concerns over the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library’s Internet issues.


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The Wilson County Commissioners Court has taken action to correct an error on the county’s precinct redistricting maps that created a donut hole in Precinct 2.

Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney presided over the commissioners’ Feb. 27 meeting as commissioners Larry Wiley, Ricky Morales, and Paul Pfeil voted in favor of the change. Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. voted in opposition.

According to County Attorney Russell Wilson, the affected area includes a portion of Precinct 2 that was taken from Precinct 1 when new boundary lines were drawn last year. He believes that the law firm charged with making the maps, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, made the mistake. The error placed a small group of voters residing between U.S. 181 and C.R. 301 at the edge of the Floresville city limits in their own voting box, labeled as Box 210. They actually were meant to be in Box 207, Wilson said.

Gamez, who is Precinct 1’s commissioner, estimates the change affects 50 voters. He voiced disapproval of the change, because he initially understood that these voters still were in his precinct.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a second change in the voting box boundaries, which expanded Box 415. This was after Wiley said that box should include all of Encino Torcido and Live Oak. Both streets are located in the Wood Valley Acres residential subdivision, which is off C.R. 324 in Kicaster.

In other action, the commissioners voted unanimously to allow Library Director Nicki Stohr of the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library to continue the application process for an E-Rate grant for Internet service at the library. If the library is successful in obtaining the funds, Stohr said the program will pay 80 percent of the library’s Internet costs.

The library currently shares its Internet service with the county, which utilizes two T1 lines. County Auditor Ray Wolff said the county pays $1,000 per month for 3 megabyte-per-second download speed. An offer recently came in from Time Warner, in which the county could receive 10 megabytes per second of download speed for the same price, he said.

Stohr said if the library gets selected for the grant, it likely would have to sever its Internet ties with the county because only the library can use the funds. The severance of the arrangement also could allow both entities access to additional bandwidth.

Frequent library patron Dick Evins addressed the commissioners about the increasing bandwidth demand, which caused a service interruption in January. He urged them to work with the library in finding a solution.

 

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William J. Gibbs Jr.  
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March 1, 2012 5:12pm
 
Thankful, the video clip posted for this meeting is the entire video. We do not always take entire videos of every public meeting. If you are interested in full video recordings of the commissioners court meetings, state ... More ›

 
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March 1, 2012 4:45pm
 
county corrects voting map errors video posted says nothing about map errors just the libary subject what happend to the rest of the video webmaster

 
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March 1, 2012 2:30pm
 
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