District 4 City Councilman Gabriel Sterling

The Sandy Springs City Council will discuss redrawing some of the boundary lines of its six districts, but City Councilman Gabriel Sterling said the changes will be minor.

Sterling, who has worked on redistricting maps since the 1990s, drew the original maps for the city when it incorporated in 2005. He said the task naturally fell to him. He was first elected to the District 4 council seat in March 2011.  During the May 1 work session, the City Council will discuss two different map options.

“We’re just trying to redistrict based on the census and get as close to one man, one vote as you can,” Sterling said. “The lines will not change dramatically on either of the plans.”

By law the maps have to get as close to the “one person, one vote”  as possible, meaning each district has to have the about same amount of residents with some wiggle room allowed. The proposed maps have not yet been published on the city’s website. Sterling said the most substantive changes will be for District 3, represented by Chip Collins, District 5, represented by Councilman Tibby DeJulio and District 6, represented by Karen Meinzen McEnerny.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com