ST. FRANCISVILLE — Three public meetings are set next week to discuss the redistricting plan needed to replace West Feliciana Parish’s police jury form of government with a parish council.
Voters last year approved a home-rule charter for the parish that calls for a parish president and a five-member parish council instead of the current seven-member jury.
The three meetings will be held in the Police Jury meeting room on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex, 4785 Prosperity St.
A meeting for Police Jury District 5 residents is set for 10 a.m. Monday, and a second is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday for District 4 residents, according to an announcement from jury Secretary Sherrel Johnson.
A meeting for District 6 residents is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the announcement says.
Demographer Cedric Floyd, of Kenner, is scheduled to attend the meetings to answer questions from the public.
The home-rule charter specifies that the council will have four members elected from single-member districts and one member elected in parishwide balloting.
Floyd submitted a proposed four-member district plan to the Police Jury in March that calls for two majority-black districts and two with white majorities.
If voters elect an at-large member who is white, the Parish Council will have three white and two black members, Floyd said.
He said he considers comparing the seven-member jury with three black members with a five-member council with two black members as “a wash” that the U.S. Department of Justice will accept when it reviews the plan under provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act.