Board of Elections relocates

By Vicki Hyatt | Jun 19, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone Elections Specialist Ann Boyd packs up some boxes to move to the new Elections Office on Russ Avenue.

The Haywood County Board of Elections will open in its new offices at 63 Elmwood Way, Suite A, in Waynesville on Monday, June 23.

The new location in the Haywood County Auxiliary Services Facility, which also houses Haywood County Recreation and Parks and Maple Leaf Adult Day Care, will provide the Board of Elections with more than 1,500 square feet of additional space.

The site, known widely as the former Bargains building, was part of the property acquired more than a decade ago as part of a Haywood County Council on Aging expansion effort. The agency became insolvent and the county ended up with the property on Elmwood Way in Waynesville.

The 11,800-square foot building building next to the Haywood Senior Resources Center was completely renovated for $1.1 million — about $120 per square foot.

The initial work was paid for by the proceeds of other property sales in the county, including two buildings in Waynesville on a 1.79-acre tract of land sold to a division of Smoky Mountain Center for continued use as mental health office buildings.

The parks and recreation department and adult daycare moved into the new building in March, but the election office move was postponed until after the May primary election.

Elections Specialist Doyle Teague said the staff would be making the final move over the weekend and everything would be in place by Monday morning.

The county elections department will occupy the front offices of the building — which include a boardroom, offices, front window for customers, voting supply storage, a kitchen area and bathrooms.

Elections Specialist Ann Boyd said the new office will put the staff closer to one of its one-stop shop early-voting sites at the Senior Resource Center. She also is looking forward to the new office space because it is well-lit and open with more storage space.

"The new office will allow us to have better organization for our archive records," Teague added.