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Buckeye to realign voting districts


by Sara Clawson staff writer


The Buckeye Town Council has taken some initial steps toward drawing new voting districts. In May 2005, voters approved dividing the


town’s 600-square-mile planning area into six voting districts. The mayor is an at-large candidate, Town Clerk Lucinda Aja said. A contract for redistricting services was bid


Buckeye firefighters conduct practice drill — Page 2.


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and new districts were approved by a resolution in August 2007. The 2008 election was the first year district-representation was used. Results of the 2010 Census have necessitated a need to reconfigure voting districts so that the ratio of population to area is more balanced, said Douglas Johnson of National Demographics Corp.


The firm was hired by the town to determine criteria for reconfiguring the voting districts. He presented the plans for doing so at a special meeting of the Town Council on March 21.


living in Buckeye and the distribution of residents has changed in the last decade, Johnson said.


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Avondale may get fulfillment center


by Rich Ott assistant editor


investment firm has purchased 56 acres in Avondale with hopes to build fulfillment center-type buildings. Sixty-four-year-old Trammell Crow Co., a Dallas-based company with an Arizona office in Scottsdale, is looking to bring to Avondale what Goodyear has with its Palm Valley 303 business corridor.


While construction of the 600,000-square- foot distribution center for Dick’s Sporting Goods is currently under way at 4651 N. Cotton Lane in Goodyear (north of Indian


(See Fulfillment on Page 3) A major U.S. real estate development and


“Some jurisdictions have equal growth across the whole city or school district or whatever it may be and they might not need to redistrict if each one grows the same, then they’re equal in population,” he said. “No surprise, Buckeye is not that situation. We’ve had unequal growth rates in different parts of the town.” The demographics of the area have also changed. The Census found 50 percent of Buckeye’s population to be non-Hispanic White, 38 percent Hispanic, 7 percent non-Hispanic African American and 5 percent other. Fifty-four percent of the voting age population is non-Hispanic White; 34 percent is Hispanic; 7 percent is non-Hispanic Asian American and 5 percent is other.


voters in Buckeye. Voting age and demographics are considered in determining voting districts, Johnson said. Federal law says there must be an equal


There are now just fewer than 51,000 people


In total, there is an estimated 19,932 registered


(See Districts on Page 3)


Sprinkler helps limit apartment fire damage, officials say


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Avondale firefighters have credited a sprinkler system for limiting damages in an apartment fire that erupted last week. Nobody was home when the small blaze


Deadman said. There was minor water damage to the bedroom and to the apartment below, he added. Dave Strayer, a battalion chief for the


broke out about 5:15 p.m. April 4 in the bedroom of a second-story apartment in the 12100 block of West Van Buren Street, said Ron Deadman, a deputy chief and spokesman for Avondale Fire-Rescue. When firefighters arrived, they


discovered that a sprinkler system had activated and had kept the fire in check,


Avondale agency, said things would have been worse without the fire-sprinkler system. This was the 14th fire controlled by fire sprinklers in the last six years in Avondale and the third apartment fire controlled by a sprinkler, Deadman said.


The cause of the latest apartment fire remained under investigation.


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