Proposal would redraw Ramsey’s Ward 1

Approximately 900 Ramsey residents may be moving from ward to another.

The Ramsey City Council has introduced a new ordinance that would redistrict 884 people from Ward 1, Precinct 1 to Ward 2, Precinct 2. The residents live between Nowthen Boulevard, Ramsey Boulevard, Alpine Drive and Sunfish Lake Boulevard. Source: City of Ramsey

The Ramsey City Council has introduced a new ordinance that would redistrict 884 people from Ward 1, Precinct 1 to Ward 2, Precinct 2. The residents live between Nowthen Boulevard, Ramsey Boulevard, Alpine Drive and Sunfish Lake Boulevard. Source: City of Ramsey

The Ramsey City Council March 13 introduced an ordinance to move some residents of Ward 1, Precinct 1 to Ward 2, Precinct 2.

The proposed change, which will shift 884 residents to the new ward, is based on population, said Senior Planning Tim Gladhill.

Redistricting is generally done every 10 years when the U.S. Census comes out, he said.

Ramsey has a population of 23,665 according to the 2010 Census, which was released last March, Gladhill said.

That is approximately 5,155 more people than in 2000.

Once the census came out, city staff started to work to break the wards into smaller voting areas, City Clerk Jo Thieling said.

When the city first began using wards in the 2002 election, there were 11,801 registered voters, she said.

In the last election, there were 13,667 registered voters.

The city redistricted the wards to balance out the population evenly, within 10 percent, by following major roads, Gladhill said.

With the change, there will be roughly 5,900 people in each ward.

If the ordinance is adopted March 27 by the council, the area between Nowthen Boulevard, Alpine Drive, Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Ramsey Boulevard will become part of Ward 2 starting in the upcoming election.

After the new legislative boundaries were released last month, Ramsey’s redistricting also adjusted a precinct boundary to correspond with the new House District 35A.

This redistricting does not impact the current ward council representatives, said Thieling.

Residents in the new area will be receiving notification this summer.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com


  • eric z

    For a town the size of Ramsey it seemed pretentious to go to a ward system at the time that decision was made.

    It still seems pretentious.

    All the cost of redistricting, and part of the council stipend cost could be eliminated by changing back to a mayor and four, all elected at large.

    The more the merrier? Who says? It’s not looked that merry lately. Not that harmonious, with a series of ongoing 4-to-3 Flaherty splits.

    Perhaps a divided council reflects a divided community – those pushing growth and change, and those liking what Ramsey had offered with larger lots and space between homes. One thing is certain. Folks in the community would like to see more high paying jobs in town, not requiring a Northstar ride anywhere. I wonder if that thought has percolated to the council table. At least the mayor found something local, ending the commute.

  • JOe

    At-large voting is a waste, it is very difficult to knock at-large council members off the council and they tend to represent only the area in which they live. With a ward system the elected official must answer to their neighbors. Would you vote for someone that charged you $11,000 for a road? People that vote in at-large cities have no idea what is going on outside of their neighborhood. If they do not need a new road they do not care until 10 years later when their road must be replaced.

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