The Omaha Public Power District’s changing election boundaries brought about by a Gretna lawmaker wouldn’t change much in Sarpy County.
The public utility has released its proposed election boundaries as required by Legislative Bill 646, which state Sen. John Murante advanced in hopes of bringing equal representation and opportunity to OPPD’s Board of Directors.
LB 646 required OPPD to draw up eight new districts, instead of the existing four, with a substantially similar population for each district
The proposal, approved by the board on Sept. 19 places the northeastern portion of the county — greater Bellevue and most of Papillion and La Vista proper — in Subdivision 3, with the area north of Gretna in Subdivision 7.
The rest of the county — including Gretna proper, Springfield and the LaPlatte area south of Bellevue — falls in Subdivision 4, which also includes six counties south of the metropolitan area: Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson.
In addition to some of the Millard area, Subdivision 7 also spans several counties, including all of Washington County and portions of Douglas, Saunders, Dodge, Colfax and Burt. Five other subdivisions encompass Omaha and its surrounding communities, with Ralston falling into Subdivision 8.
Each district has around 95,000 people, with a total population of about 760,000 people who live in OPPD’s service territory.
The boundary map must be approved by the Nebraska Power Review Board before it is official. The state board plans to consider the map at its Dec. 13 meeting.
Currently, Sarpy County is represented by Tim Gay of Papillion, who serves in the Suburban Subdivison (roughly the new Subdivision 3), and Chairman Fred Ulrich of Louisville, who serves in the South Subdivision (roughly the new Subdivision 4).