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Mr. Robert R. Dykes

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TRIAD Research Group

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TRIAD Research Group

2001 Crocker Road Suite 530

Westlake, Ohio 44145

United States

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We offer both qualitative and quantitative research services that are designed to strengthen your business. To find out more about how we can help you to make the most informed business decisions, take a look at our approach. ... more

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The proposed plan was prepared by ... [cached]

The proposed plan was prepared by consultant Bob Dykes, a senior partner with Triad Research Group. He said this is his third redistricting experience with Akron.

"I think Akron is more a city of neighborhoods than most cities are," Dykes said. "So we paid attention to the neighborhood boundaries."
After debating the proposed redistricting, Council members requested that Dykes bring in alternate proposals that could address their concerns.
"No matter where you draw a line, someone will always find a reason you should have drawn it somewhere else," Dykes acknowledged.
The city's population as of the 2010 census is 199,110, and the average number of residents in each of the city's 10 wards is 19,911, according to Dykes.

Charter Review 5-8-08 [cached]

1) Presentation by Bob Dykes of Triad Research Group on Council Reduction

Chairperson Phyllis Cleveland called the meeting to order at 8:43 AM and introduced Robert Dykes of the Triad Research Group to talk to the Commission members about rightsizing City Council.
Mr. Dykes provided to commission members the background of his work in the area of demographic analysis and redrawing city council boundaries. Robert Dykes has also indicated that he was involved in the last reduction of Council and did redraw the ward lines which were accepted by the Council and was not challenged in court. The Triad Group has also done work on other political districts at the local, state, and county level, and explained that the group has the background and ability to do this kind of work.
Robert Dykes also raised the question what is the right-size for Cleveland City Council. The question of exploring the right size of Council and how do we get to that point was raised by Robert Dykes to the Charter Commission.
Dykes mentioned that he was not aware that the neighborhood SPAs were not changed in 30 years, he would suggest that the Planning Dept readjust neighborhood boundaries periodically to make changes in the neighborhoods from time to time.
Bill Callahan raised a question if Robert Dykes was working for the Council at this time and Dykes indicated that a proposal was submitted for Council by Triad for review and they have to make revisions to it.
Callahan also brought up the matter regarding the timeline for the council right sizing issue and expressed concern about the length of time that would be involved for Dykes and his group to complete this project.
Dykes mentioned that determination would need to be decided by the Chairperson. Dykes mentioned that one of the recommendations may be that the city needs to periodically redraw the neighborhood boundaries.
Dykes mentioned that the decision would be with the Council in regards to redrawing the neighborhood boundary lines. Dykes mentioned that are several data companies that use population software to track population changes in an area over time and they can run models to estimate the population.
Dykes mentioned about a lawsuit brought against the city, which pertained to the one person one vote rule and the Supreme Court mentioned that the wards had to be redrawned, since that time in all cities that elect council members on a ward basis there is a protocol related to the range of population change in an area, if the population of any ward varies + or -5% then there is no change. It is the population that is the driving force. Driving force is to retain as much of an area in a ward or district according to Dykes.
Dykes mentioned that the rationale was a sense of fairness where the intention was to combine these wards where all Council members would have a chance of winning the election and 25 members voted in favor of that particular plan and the ward lines were redrawn in a fairly equitable way. Dykes indicated that he did not know how the 21 number was arrived at.
Dykes mentioned he could look at historical relationship between size of council and the city itself, and look at the rationale on what is being done. Omsbudman function was something mentioned by Dykes and he mentioned that he does not know if this is true in other cities. Dykes also added that he will look at some of the questions that come up in regards to council.
Roosevelt Coats mentioned that Dykes has the expertise to look at this issue.
Dykes mentioned that there are some cities where all council members are elected at large.
Dykes mentioned that one of the driving factors in the balkanization of the many ethnic groups, the council person could speak the language of the ethnic constituents in the neighborhoods and this was a big factor for the ward based system and the number of council persons who were in office during that time.
Dykes mentioned that the population estimations will be looked at as well.
Dykes further added that the courts are reluctant to make any ruling in regards to adjustment in the census. When the council is redrawing the ward lines the current law requires that census data be used, and you can adjust + or -5% factor if there is suspicion that the population may be higher in certain areas.
Ken Johnson mentioned about whether the models of companies that perform population estimation are more accurate and wanted Dykes to explain more about that.
Dykes mentioned that the companies rely on other information such as birth, death records and automobile registrations and this could be one of the reasons why they may be more accurate than the census.
Chairperson Cleveland mentioned that we are working to meet a timeline and that if anyone has further questions to get them to Mr. Dykes, and that the community public meetings that were originally scheduled for May will be pushed back to June after the Council recess.

NCS: News Release [cached]

Triad Chairman and CEO Robert Dykes and President Kathy Severinski will give a presentation to board members during the meeting. Education [cached]

The poll shows that mayoral control might survive a public vote, "but I think it will be a tough fight," said Bob Dyke of Triad Research Group, the firm hired by the Cleveland Summit on Education to conduct the poll.

Of those surveyed, 41 percent say school board members should be appointed by the mayor, as they have been since 1998.And 44 percent say the board should be elected, as it was until a state takeover in the mid-1990s.
Fifteen percent of the 500 Cleveland residents polled were undecided.
About 30 percent of those polled didn't know that school board members were appointed by the mayor.

They reviewed and discussed the ... [cached]

They reviewed and discussed the conclusions and comments of Bob Dykes of Triad Research, the costs, design, and location of a new building, and the impact on the fire department if the police station is not moved. Mayor Brick briefly commented on the Law Enforcement Accreditation Agency and the Baldwin Wallace Study with respect to the dispatch service. He reviewed the estimates from Horne & King Architects.

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