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District OKs new division boundaries

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Calaveras County Water District directors approved new boundaries for the five divisions within the county at their board meeting yesterday morning.

The new layout was approved 4-1, with Don Deem casting the dissenting vote.

It was the fifth board meeting at which directors discussed boundary changes to more equitably divide population and CCWD customers among the five divisions.

The board had until today to finalize the new boundaries under the state elections code.

Perhaps the most dramatic change is moving Murphys from Division 4 — Deem's area — to Division 3, represented by Bertha Underhill. That change means Deem now lives outside the zone he represents on the CCWD Board.

Deem said, however, that the change does not concern him, though from the beginning, he has said he didn't feel the redistricting was necessary. After yesterday's meeting, he said if redistricting needed to be done, an outside source should have been in charge, and that is why, when the roll-call vote was taken, he answered "none of the above," meaning no.

During the meeting, Deem said he sees himself and the rest of the division representatives as taking care of the whole district.

"If someone from West Point Calls me, do I think they are not in my division? No. I listen to what they have to say," he said.

Deem said he will continue to represent the people in Division 4 until his term is up in December 2005.

Before the final vote was taken on the boundaries, Board President Jeff Davidson said he was pleased with the new configuration.

"We've accomplished spreading out the customers a little more," he said.

The largest shift in customers — 2,825 of them — is from Division 5 — Davidson's area — to Division 4.

Another 334 customers were shifted from Division 5 to 1, to be represented by Charles Hebrard.

Davidson offered to hold meetings in Copperopolis to introduce Deem to his new constituents.


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