No Voting Next Week At North Side Improvement League

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People who usually vote at the North Side Improvement League are being told to cast their ballots at Sacred Heart Church next Tuesday.

The Jefferson County Board of Elections announced it has changed the poll site location.

Republican Elections Commissioner Jerry Eaton said the change was made because of the uncertainty surrounding the North Side Improvement League.

"While we didn't really want to move the poll site," Eaton said, "we couldn't have any doubt about the staus of a poll site -- the building, the structure, water issues."

Last week, the city turned off the water at the Mill Street building due to an unpaid water bill from the previous March, which led to speculation that the financially-troubled league was in danger of closing.

After 7 News reported the water situation, a representative from the league paid off the bill, prompting the city to turn the water back on.

However, Eaton said there was still uncertainty about the building being accessible on Election Day.

The change in polling stations affects voters who live in Watertown's 14/1 and 15/1 election district's on the city's north side. 

Officials said the change affects roughly 2,500 voters who have previously voted at the league.

Voting will be conducted in Dostie Hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on West Lynde Street. 

Parking is available behind the church and on Thompson Street next to the church. 

Voting on November 5 will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If voters have questions or concerns, they should contact the Jefferson County Board of Elections at 785-3027.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the president of the North Side Improvement League released a statement about the state of the organization.

In the statement, Joseph Parker said the league has obtained "an interim loan to address our cash flow issues and we are now exploring our developmental options for this club at this time. We will no longer be having Bingo at our facility as it has not been very prosperous."

Parker also said the league will continue with its benefit fundraisers.

Friday, April 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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