Cleveland City Council approves 2014 ward maps with 17-2 vote

CLEVELAND - Cleveland City Council members met Tuesday, voting 17-2, approving the new ward boundary map.

Two council veterans voted against the plan. Downtown Councilman Joe Cimperman and Collinwood Councilman Mike Polensek. The new map cuts the downtown ward into three and Polensek's ward has moved west to include part of Glenville.

"The Glenville community has always been two wards, not it's three wards and quite frankly a disservice to the folks there," said Polensek.

Most of the Glenville neighborhood will be in the new ward nine. The new ward consolidates areas that are now represented by councilman Kevin Conwell and Councilman Jeff Johnson. The two long time council members could now face off come November, still both voted for the plan.

"I voted yes because Glenville is being consolidated, probably about 75 percent is together. Ultimately, I would like to get the northern boundaries, but I didn't win that battle," said Johnson.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Cleveland City Council approved the redistricting of its council wards. The new map changes district, dropping from 19 to 17.

Council redraws the lines every 10 years following the census. The city charter requires the size of council to shrink by two seats because of population loss.

Click the following link to see the new ward maps: http:// 5.wews.com/jozYK

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