NEWTON — The Newton City Council narrowly approved an ordinance which would reduce the number of alderman in the city by 2015.
Following the 2010 Census, the city was made aware the population had dipped under 3,000 people. Following state codes, the city would need to reduce the number of sitting alderman from eight to six. In order to compensate for the reduced number of alderman, the city redistricted to create three separate districts with nearly equal populations. The change will go into effect in 2015, when two alderman whose terms are ending will not be replaced.
The council approved the change 5-3, including one positive vote from Mayor Mark Bolander. Rick Lindemann, Harold Bolander and Robert Reisner voted against the redistricting.