"Unfortunately, Loch Hill is located in a precinct that stretches from the Country Club of Maryland to Loch Raven Boulevard, and adding that back to my district would take the district's population beyond the legal threshold," Marks said.
Both Smith and Marks mentioned the possibility of splitting the precinct, something that Smith said would be "just a drop in the bucket in terms of population added to the 5th District."
At Monday's meeting, Marks asked Ed Criser, commissioner of the redistricting commission, why the commission didn't split precincts in the first place.
Criser said the commission didn't even consider splitting precincts because it was "a pet peeve" of his. As a public servant who has worked at polling stations, he noted there are complications organizing elections in split precincts.
"I thought it was a lot cleaner if we kept precincts together, basically," Criser said.
Criser could not be reached for further comment.
Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, who represents the 6th District that Loch Hill would be moving to, said that she doesn't see the neighborhood's outcry as a slight to her or her leadership.
When she took a look at the redistricting map, even she was struck by just how far away Loch Hill was from her home in Middle River.
However, after the meeting, Bevins checked back with the redistricting commission and was told there were no testimonies from Loch Hill residents on file from the public input meetings held by the commission. It was there, not at the public hearing after the recommendations were made, when residents voices could best be heard.
But now that the recommendations have been made, it's up to the council to make changes where it sees fit. Smith says he believes Marks will do whatever he can to keep them in the 5th District.
"It's really going to be up to the other council members to see whether they go along with it," Smith said.