Winona moves polling place due to flooding at Madison
WINONA — If you are used to voting at Madison Elementary School in Winona, you will need to take a detour to cast your ballot on Nov. 8.
At Monday's council meeting, the Winona City Council approve a change in the polling place for Ward 2, Precincts 3 and 4 to the John Nett Center at Cotter High School, 360 Vila St., said City Manager Steve Sarvi.
Due to flooding in the gymnasium at Madison, the floor at the school, which is usually used for voting booths and election business, was damaged, and the Winona Area Public Schools cannot guarantee the school will be ready in time for election day.
Signs will be posted at Madison on election day to remind those who went to the old polling place, Sarvi said. The city will also send postcards to households in the affected precincts to tell residents of the change.
In other business, the city council approved a proposal to hire ISG, an architectural and engineering firm, to provide design services for the Levee Park project, Sarvi said. ISG will produce the schematics and other documentation needed to send the project out for bid.
The city is hoping to let the bidding this winter in order to get a contractor hired and get the project underway as soon as possible in 2017. "And we get better bid prices that way," Sarvi said.
Finally, the council approved the purchase of three new SUV-type police cruisers from Sugar Loaf Ford. The cruisers will cost $94,523, and the new vehicles will replace old vehicles in the Winona Police fleet.