FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown Village Council welcomed several guests to their bi-monthly meeting Monday night, including one who spoke about the importance of participating in the upcoming census.
Chad Stover, a U.S. Census partnership specialist, spoke at the top of the meeting about the 2020 Census and what to expect when the time comes to be counted. He explained the many ways the “decennial” census, which happens every 10 years, will work this time around.
This type of census is a 100 percent inventory of the United States which was mandated by the Constitution and was started in 1790. Two of the main reasons why the census is so crucial is for accurate apportionment of the House of Representatives and for redistricting purposes on the local, state and federal levels.
The first census was conducted by the U.S. Marshal service and done by horseback. The 2020 version will use more contemporary means to accurately count the population.
“Our goal in the 2020 census is to count everyone once, and only once, and in the right place,” Stover said. “In the right place, meaning, in Knox County or Fredericktown and inside the village itself.”
There have been new technological advances since the previous census in 2010 and they will be incorporated into the information-gathering process.
The new census will feature an Internet self response, which will become operational around March 12, 2020. According to Stover, people will start receiving cards in the mail around March 12 (and thereafter) and the cards will allow you to fill out the appropriate information for the census online if you choose. If you procrastinate, you will be sent two reminders by April 1, which is Census Day, and then will be sent the questionnaire in the mail after April 1. People can still fill out the online form or the physical form or perhaps call in at that point, and if all else fails, after May 1, a census taker will come to the door.
For the safety of the census takers, local law enforcement will be aware of their presence in town and the ones working for the census will be local people who are conceivably familiar with the residents and the properties.
Stover repeatedly stressed that the information given to the census bureau will not be shared with anyone else – for any reason.
The census bureau will start hiring local people to work and help count people and the jobs will be in intervals of six- to nine weeks at a time according to the amount of work required.
Other activities in the council meeting included the mention of several pieces of old and new business.
It was mentioned that the Fredericktown Police Department will be one of the many groups that will participate in the active shooter exercise on June 19 at the Knox County Career Center. The scene at the school will appear as though it is a real shooting incident, but it will only be an exercise that will assist law enforcement in being prepared in case there is a real tragedy.
In the Administrator’s Report, Bruce Snell stated that, after an earlier council approval, a 2008 Impala car that was previously used by the Fredericktown Police Department was sold at auction for $1,207. Snell also stated that he and the village are still awaiting an answer on the grant application that was submitted in the amount of $922,235 to help fund the potential downtown revitalization project.
An accurate count in a previous decennial census helped bring about the ability to apply for that amount of money.