Mold concerns could end voting at Frayser community center

Mold concerns could end voting at Frayser community center

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Is something at a local community center making people sick?

Shelby County Administrator of Elections Linda Phillips said there is, and she wants to pull her workers out of a Frayser polling place.

"Has Ed Rice been a problem in the past? Yes, it was," Phillps said. "We thought they were going to solve it. It's an old building and it's got water damage and mold. It's a problem."

It's so much a problem that Phillips is recommending they take Frayser's Ed Rice Community Center off the list of places voters can cast their ballots.

"We had another poll worker quit because their allergies wouldn't allow them to tolerate the building," Phillips said.

Ed Rice Community Center has seen better days. The facility has been around since the 1960s.

"The building been in the community a long time and it do probably do need some improvements in the building, but I've never heard any complaints about it," said Leslie Williams, who uses the community center.

The city hasn't heard any complaints either.

In a statement to WMC5, a City of Memphis representative said:

The complaints that we have of this facility is that the building is out of date and not related to mold. We have Capital Improvement funding for next fiscal year funding a design for a replacement for the building, not because of mold or other issues, but because the building is antiquated and no longer meets the recreation needs of the community.

Either way, Phillips is convinced it's time to move on until the city can solve this problem.

"So we're going to look around and see if we find a church that really is in a better location, in that same neighborhood," Phillips said.

WMC Action News 5 investigators asked the city the last time they checked for mold or there was a thorough cleaning of the building. So far, that question has yet to be answered.

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