A ribbon cutting was held Monday (January 13) to commemorate the Catawba County Board of Elections office moving from the first floor of the Catawba County Government Center to the County’s former animal shelter. The new Board of Elections office is now at 145 Government Drive in Newton, next to the parking deck on the Government Center campus.
Beginning June 2019, the 6,877-square-foot former shelter was remodeled to house offices for Board of Elections staff and a large training room for election volunteers. An adjacent 1,500-square-foot building was converted into a secure storage facility for voting equipment, including a loading dock and wraparound driveway to allow for more efficient movement of the equipment during elections.
The move was officially celebrated Monday with the ribbon cutting and reception for Board of Elections members, staff, and Catawba County Commissioners at the remodeled facility. The former shelter buildings had been vacant since the completion of the County’s new animal shelter in 2014. The remodeling project was undertaken by architecture firm YCH and Wilkie Construction and overseen by Catawba County.
Pictured in photo, L-R: Catawba County Commissioners Dan Hunsucker, Sherry Butler, Kitty Barnes, Vice Chair Barbara Beatty, and Chair Randy Isenhower; Board of Elections Chair Barry Cheney; Board of Elections Director Amanda Duncan; Board of Elections members David Hood, David Abernethy and Geniey Yang; and Board of Elections staff members Marvin Bentley, Donna Jones, Michelle Hollar and Trudy McSwain.