A committee will begin examining Gahanna's four Ward boundaries next week to determine whether they need rebalanced in number.

A committee will begin examining Gahanna's four Ward boundaries next week to determine whether they need rebalanced in number.

Gahanna council president Brian Larick announced the formation of the committee during the July 9 council work session. He said Wards 2 and 4 have grown in population while Wards 1 and 3 have decreased.

At-large council member Karen Angelou will serve as the chairman of the committee, and at-large council members Ryan Jolley and David Samuel will serve as members of the group.

Larick said at-large council members would be the most neutral.

Ward 2 councilman Brandon Wright said he would like to have been consulted before moving forward with a committee.

"I have a problem with the lack of communication with the rest of council on how this would go about," he said.

Ward 4 council member Beryl Anderson agreed with Wright, saying she also would like to have a say in the process.

"I think we can be objective," she said.

City attorney Shane Ewald said any recommendation would go before the entire council.

Angelou said she would take input from everyone.

"I think it's wide open," she said. "We're transparent in what we do here. The last time I did this was probably the last time it was done."

A special committee was appointed in 2001 to look at the ward boundaries, and Angelou was the chairman of that group. Although four people were on that committee, Angelou said, she and council clerk Isobel Sherwood did all of the work.

Sherwood said balancing the numbers in the wards was quite difficult in 2001.

Serious consideration was given in making sure that, while redistricting, the city didn't affect any of the sitting committee members for the area.

At that time, the committee noted that Ward 4 had the greatest ability for new voters because of the area for growth still available in that area of the city. Committee members then also thought any annexations would occur in the Ward 4 area.

In 2006, Sherwood said, Gahanna conducted a review of the numbers, but no changes were made at that time.

Source: City of Gahanna

Currently, a breakdown of registered voters in the four Wards is as follows: Ward 1, 6,246; Ward 2, 6,756; Ward 3, 5,910; and Ward 4, 5,501.

The total number of registered voters in the four Wards has increased by 85, from 24,328 to 24,413, since 2006. Wards 1 and 3 have decreased total voters, but Wards 2 and 4 have increases since 2006.

Angelou said she doesn't expect the process to take long to complete.