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Rodents force voter office to move

Manna House food bank also in new location

POSTED: July 31, 2010 11:09 a.m.
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The new voter registration office is in a former car parts store on Memorial Drive.

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Voter registration had to leave the building on Commerce Street because of a rodent infestation, said Liberty County Assistant Administrator Bob Sprinkel.
The Liberty County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office has moved from South Commerce Street in downtown Hinesville to a temporary location on newly landscaped Memorial Drive.
The office will now be housed at 204 W. Memorial Drive in an old NAPA Auto Parts store, next to the Hinesville branch of the Live Oak Regional Library.
“The move started several weeks ago,” Sprinkel said. “The conditions were not suited for them to be there. It wasn’t healthy.”
The county co-owns the Memorial Drive property with the Liberty County Board of Education, the assistant administrator said.
Manna House, the other former Commerce Street building tenant, relocated to a building on the other side of the library at 244 Memorial Drive, formerly the site of a bus station. Manna House passed along its clothing inventory to another charity because they don’t have room for clothing at the Memorial Drive location.
Sprinkel emphasized the voter registration office move is only temporary.  As soon as the new justice center opens and renovations are complete on the old Liberty County Courthouse, voter registration will have a permanent home, he said.
“Then they will move into the old courthouse,” Sprinkel said.
The assistant administrator said the justice center is tentatively scheduled for completion in February 2011. Renovations to the old courthouse may take six to seven months after the center is complete.
Sprinkel stressed it could be next fall or later before county offices and departments move back into a renovated courthouse.
“We’re real excited about renovations,” he said.
The county received a $194,100 Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant under the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority to upgrade the old courthouse’s HVAC system and to install energy-efficient lighting, he explained.
 “I’m all for saving taxpayer dollars,” Sprinkel said.

Joe Parker Jr. contributed to this story.
 

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