GARY │The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance changing all but one of the city's council districts.
Council Vice President Kimberly Robinson, of the 5th District, opposed the ordinance. She said the changes were not equitable.
“Ten years ago this was an issue and there was nothing done," Robinson said. "There are certain people who refuse to give up certain projects, so the proper changes are not being made fairly. Is there no room for change ever?”
Fourth District Councilwoman Carolyn Rogers agreed with Robinson.
“I represent the area from Clay Street over to Whitcomb. With the changes, the district will start going northbound and will be acquiring two precincts. It’s not fair that people are not willing to give up projects,” Rogers said. “It’s not about making people happy. It’s about being fair. This is something that we are going to have to live with for the next 10 years.”
The changes were approved in a 5-3 vote. One council member abstained.
Speaking in favor of the ordinance, 3rd District Councilwoman Mary Brown said the changes were necessary for Gary.
“We did what we thought was best for the citizens, and not everyone will be happy with the decision that was made,” Brown said.
Councilman Ron Brewer, at large, favored the ordinance.
“We had several meetings about this redistricting, and those members of the council who chose to come to those meetings came out,” Brewer said. “We had our chance to voice our concerns, so it shouldn’t be a surprise, when the maps for the redistricting were handed out months ago.”
Council President Kyle Allen said council members need to take action before someone else comes in and does it for them.