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MINUTES. <br />Be it Remembered that the Common Council of the City of South Bend, Indiana, met in <br />Special Session in the Council Chambers of the City Hall, Monday evening, November 20th, <br />1933 at the hour of 5 :30 o'clock P. M. All Members presents except Councilman Nelson and <br />Oakley. Vice -- President Grzeskowiak presided. <br />VATE OF INDIANA <br />ST. JOSEPH COUNTY SS: <br />CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br />CALL FOR SPECIAL MEETING OF THE k lm% <br />COMMON COUNCIL. <br />TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. <br />You are hereby notified that under and by virtue of the authority by law vested in us as <br />Councilmen of the City m is bzswby of South Bend, Indiana, a Special meeting of the Common <br />Council of said city is hereby called for 5 :00 o'clock P. M., on Monday evening, November <br />20th, 1933 or as soon thereafter as convenient x) for the purpose of receiving a Repbrt on <br />the Re— Districting of the City of South Bend, and for introduction of an Ordinance, which <br />Ordinance title is as follows: <br />An Ordinance establishing Oouncilmanic Districts in the City of South Bend <br />by dividing said city into six such Councilmanic Districts, and fixing their <br />Boundaries, and providing for the use of voting Machines in Elections for <br />nominating and electing officers of said City, and Repealing all Ordinances and <br />parts of` Ordinances in conflict therewith.. <br />Dated this 20th day of November, 1933. <br />Julius Altfeld <br />Geo. H. Goetz <br />Geo. F. Hukk <br />Jno. C. Hiss <br />I. W. Cripe <br />Members of the Common-Council of the City of South Bend, Indiana. <br />t: <br />COUNTERSIGNED: <br />1933• <br />( Official <br />Seal) <br />Rladys M. Monroe <br />1933. <br />On November 20, <br />1933. <br />City Clerk. <br />This grit came to hand <br />this <br />20 day of <br />November, <br />1933, <br />to each Councilman upon the <br />date <br />designated, as <br />follows: <br />John C. Nelson sick <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933. <br />Julius Altfeld <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933. <br />Grover D. Whiteman <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933: <br />Irwin W. Cripe <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933• <br />Earl S. Gustin. <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933. <br />Andrew M. Rokop <br />°On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933. <br />and I served by reading the same <br />and by leaving -a certified copy thereof at the last and usual place -of residence of such <br />members-as I was unable to find, as follows: <br />George F..Hull <br />George W. Goetz <br />Joseph S. Jaworski <br />Steve Grzeskowiak <br />XGlen L. Oakley (address <br />unknown) <br />John C. Hiss <br />On November 20, <br />1933• <br />On November 20,1933- <br />x.933. <br />On November 20, <br />1933. <br />On November 20, <br />1933. <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />x.933. <br />On <br />November <br />20, <br />1933. <br />Dated thin 20 day of November, A. D. 1933. <br />Perr & Nulf <br />Members of South Bend Police Force.' <br />The report of the Call was - accepted by the Council and ordered to be placed on file. Motion <br />carried. <br />REPORT. OF COMMITTEE ON RE— DISTRICTING CITY FOR COUNCILMANIC DISTRICTS. <br />South Ben &, Indiana, November 20, 1933. <br />To the Common Council of the City of South Bend: <br />Your Committee appointed to divide the city into districts instead of wards under the <br />new law of 1933, and to prepare an- ordinance for the consideration of ih a Common Council, <br />begs to report as follows:. <br />We have found it a difficult task to redistrict the city. The nw laaw of 1933 is a <br />radical departure in amy respects, including the provision.that all city councilmen shall <br />herwafter be elected-at large instead of by wards or districts, yet the strong concensus of <br />opinion, after having talked to many persons in various parts of the city, seems to be that <br />the present wards'should not be altered any more than becomes necessary, such as to <br />destroy the identities and traditions which have existed for years in various sections of <br />the city. <br />There seems to be a strong feeling that any changes should preserve these &denties of <br />long standing insofar as such may be possible. Also, it has been strongly urged that the r <br />naming or designationiof the districts, where possible, should remain unchanged. The Seventh..- - <br />and Eighth wards will of necessity habve to be renamed, since the city under the law is <br />now limited to six districts' <br />Under any system employed, it is impossible to divide the city so that the various <br />districts will be absolutely equaled numberically. To divide them somewhat equally according <br />to the registered vote of one eleotionamight find them quite unequal following another <br />election, since the vote varies: greatly in some parts of the city from election ato election. <br />The fact is, the law does not provide that the vote of any particular year shall be <br />followed, but seems to assume from its worAing, that the If number of electors" actually <br />existing or as estimated in a district sh4lj be the determining factor independent of any <br />actual vote in any particular election. <br />Too great a difference exists as the wards now stand, the Seventh ward, for instance, <br />now having 11,000 votes according to the 1932 election, and the Third ward having less than <br />2,000 votes. We have greatly remediesd these discrepancies, but we have been unable to divide <br />the districts absoLtu.tely equal numerically. We have not depended wholly upon the vote at <br />any particular election. To some extent we have employed figures shown by the vote in the <br />election of 1932; but also we have tried to determine the probable actual number of the <br />electors in a district, taking figures lof several past elections. Our figures to some extent <br />also are estimates, since we have of necessity divided districts in several casesmindependent <br />__ <br />