Census Will Change County Council Districts
Three municipalities are expected to be in new districts next year.
This fall, voters in Williams Township will have to decide whether to keep incumbent Mike Dowd on Northampton County Council or replace him with challenger Robert Werner.
But no matter who wins, they won't be representing Williams Township, which is part of council's second district.
Similar scenarios would play out in the communities of Freemansburg and Bath.
All three municipalities would move into other council districts at the end of 2011 under an ordinance council will consider later this month.
Under the county's home rule charter, all four council districts need to have roughly the same population.
The 2010 Census showed Williams had grown by 31 percent, which means it's moving into District Three, which currently includes the boroughs of Bath, Nazareth, Northampton, Freemansburg and North Catasauqua, and the townships of Allen, Bethlehem, East Allen, Lower Nazareth and Lower Saucon.
But council's ordinance will change that make-up as well. Bath moves into District Four, which is currently made up of the Slate Belt communities, as well as places like Chapman, Walnutport, Moore and Lehigh townships.
Freemansburg, meanwhile, will move out of District Three and into District One, which is currently made up of Bethlehem, Hellertown and Hanover Township.
Council is expected to discuss the ordinance at its July 21 meeting.