Registrar of voters on the move

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, January 15, 2008

vidalia — Concordia Parish Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger got her wish.

On Monday the Concordia Parish Police Jury voted 8-1 to move Ensminger’s office into what is now the Concordia Parish Indigent Defender Derrick Carson’s office.

At their Dec. 11 meeting, Ensminger told the jury her office was simply running out of space.

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The jury’s decision would essentially swap Ensminger’s and Carson’s offices.

Juror Randy Temple said the decision to swap the two offices just makes sense.

“They (voters) need more space,” he said.

Temple said the registrar’s office first proposed the swap approximately six years ago.

One of the biggest reasons for the swap is upcoming legislation that greatly opens the eligibility for early voting.

“That office was crowded,” he said. “In the future they are only going to get more crowded.”

Temple also said the new registrar’s office will provide for better handicap accessibility since it will be located on the first-floor of the courthouse.

And while Ensminger was not at Monday’s meeting, Carson was.

“I’m trying to figure out what the based their decision on,” he said. “Right now we’re basically being evicted.”

However during the meeting the jury’s reasoning was clear; it was about the money.

Temple said the alternative to the office swap was to enlarge an existing office for Ensminger.

“Just the enclosure was around $7,000,” he said. “This saves the taxpayers money.”

Jury President Melvin Ferrington said the total cost of the new office would have been approximately $10,000.

At Monday’s meeting jurors also voted to send a notice to condemn the homeowner of 110 Edmund James Road.

The parish wants to condemn the house.

Jurors voted to give the homeowner 15 days to reply to the juror’s letter.

The home must be brought up to code or it will be demolished by the parish.

Jurors also reelected Melvin Ferrington as president and Red Tiffee as vice president.

In addition, jurors welcomed their newest member, juror Jerry Beatty from Ward 4A.

Beatty said he plans to start work on drainage improvements and roadwork.

“I’m ready to get stuff done for my district,” he said.