City Polling Locations Ready for Voters
The November General Election has kept some City departments busy, including Engineering, Facilities and Property Management and the City Secretary's Office. Staff worked in coordination with the County to improve 14 City polling locations.
Earlier this year, improvements were made to several facilities, including fire stations and gyms, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Seven of the polling locations were provided with needed improvements for better vehicle and pedestrian accessibility for the public and persons with disabilities. Improvements included repaving and striping parking areas and replacement of sidewalks and ramps at the following locations:
• Kiwanis Recreation Center
• Oveal Williams Senior Center
• Ethel Eyerly Senior Center
• Antonio Garcia Arts & Education Center
• Lindale Senior Center
• Greenwood Senior Center
• Ben Garza Gym
“The effort to make these improvements prior to early voting would not have been possible without the concerted efforts of City staff, the design firm and the construction contractors, in addition to the support and understanding of the facility staff and the citizens who use the facilities,” Engineering Project Manager Marisa Manning said. Some voting locations have temporary solutions in place to meet ADA compliance, but permanent improvements are planned for those locations after the November General Elections, including fixing the ramps at City Hall, Manning said.