The council discussed the possibility of moving the polling station a year ago as they were preparing for municipal elections. At the time, they couldn't move it because the elections were too close at hand.
It has taken nearly a year since that time to narrow down a new location, according to Mayor Johnny Smith and City Clerk Dot Wilson. Smith said several locations were discussed, including Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville Christian Academy and the Jacksonville Community Center. EaglePoint Church was chosen because its size will accommodate the necessary people and because the new location is so close to the armory.
The new location is also air-conditioned, making it a more pleasant place for the voters, 1,406 of whom voted at that box last November, as well as for the poll workers who have not only worked in the chill of November, but through hot summer days as well.
"I'm glad it's happening. I feel like the poll workers suffer in the heat especially," said Wilson. "On their behalf I thank you."
City Attorney Grant Paris said the change will now be submitted to the Department of Justice for approval.
The council chambers was filled for the meeting, thanks to two proclamations on the agenda.
Today, May 27, has been named Jacksonville Golden Eagles Boys Tennis Team Day and Jacksonville Golden Eagles Boys Soccer Team Day in honor of the second place finish each team had at their respective state competitions.
"We know it takes a lot of hard work to accomplish what each of these teams has accomplished," said Smith.
In other action, the council:
• Authorized the mayor to sign an application for FY2009 Large City Fund assistance for the sewer rehabilitation project on Alexandria Road SW. The project is expected to cost about $430,000. If awarded, the city's match of $42,958 will be paid by the Water Works, Gas and Sewer Board.
• Approved the restaurant liquor license for Casa Fiesta, LLC. A minor name change to add LLC to the name necessitated the application.