After deciding not to pursue an appeal of the 2010 census results, the city of Dickson will finally redraw its voting ward boundaries. Voting districts and wards must be redrawn after every census to stay within a certain range of population to each other. A new ward map will be presented for a public hearing and council approval on March 3. The city has not changed its ward boundaries since 2001 because it was considering an appeal after the 2010 census showed a 24.6 percent decrease in the city’s population. But a special census conducted by the city in 2012 failed to produce enough evidence to dispute the federal numbers. The 2010 census showed the city of Dickson with a population of 14,538, which represents a decrease of 4,763 residents from a 2007 special census that placed the city’s population at 19,274. In April 2012, the city reported its special census conducted door to door by local firefighters was coming up short of the federal numbers from 2010 and city leaders dropped plans to appeal the results. But that delayed drawing up a new map and the city’s 2013 municipal election was held under the old ward boundaries. Mayor Don Weiss reported at last week’s council meeting that a new ward map is being completed and will be presented to the council for approval next month. Planning and Zoning Director Jason Pilkinton said the new boundaries do not impact any of the current eight members of the city council, with all of them remaining within their current wards. “This map will show all new city limits lines and percentage numbers,” Pilkinton said. “We are almost perfect with the numbers for all wards, meaning they are equal.” Once approved, the new ward boundaries will take effect for the September 2015 municipal election of a mayor and one councilman from each ward. The four council seats that will be on the ballot are currently held by Betty Lou Alsobrooks, Scott England, Horace Perkins III and Dwight Haynes. The council scheduled a public hearing for the new ward map for its meeting at 7 pm March 3.