Some Webster Parish voters will have a new place to go to the polls at the November 6 election after a special meeting Monday of Webster Parish Police Jury.
Precincts 43 and 43A will no longer vote in McIntyre Community House, located at 343 Old Hwy 80, but will now need to go to Webster Parish Fire District 7 Fire Station #5 located at 11217 Hwy 80 – both in Dixie Inn.
"Where they vote, there is a bad infestation which we've had problems with before," Juror Jim Bonsall said. "We thought we had taken care of it, but it's worse now than it ever was."
He said the building has become infested with bats and rats, and attempts to remove the pests were unsuccessful.
"(The fire station is) a very nice building and it's close to the old place," Juror Perry Kirkland said. "I think this will be fine."
WPPJ Secretary-Treasurer Ronda Carnahan added that the new location also has better handicap access.
The eight jurors present voted unanimously to approve the resolution, requesting a permanent change to the precinct 43 and 43A voting location.
The combined precinct borders begin in the northwest where the parish line meets Dixon Road (PR 18D) and continue east to Fuller Road, south to Greene Road, east to Doc Steed Road, south to Sausman Creek, east to Bayou Dorcheat, south to LA 164, west to the parish line and north up the parish line to the northwest corner.
Residents on the north side of Dixon Road, the east side of Fuller Road, the north side of Greene Road, the east side of the Doc Steed Road section, north of the Sausman Creek section, east of the Bayou Dorcheat section and south of LA 164 are all unaffected.
According to Carnahan, on election day signs will be posted at the old location with the new voting location and a person will be there to direct voters to the new location as well.
McIntyre Community House was also voted condemned at the meeting until the building's ultimate fate could be decided. All further use of the building is prohibited.
In other business, 32 in-vehicle and six handheld radios were voted to be replaced by broadband radios before Jan. 1, 2013 per FCC regulations.