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Iowa Lakes Building Projects, Grant Applications Move Forward

By Staff | Dec 16, 2008

ESTHERVILLE – Despite the inclement weather, the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 9, in Estherville.

The Trustees took action on two building projects. The board approved the specifications on an addition to the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology building, set Jan. 16, 2009, as the bid deadline, and made plans to hold a public hearing at the scheduled board meeting in January. They also authorized staff to proceed with design work for a Construction Technology building at the Emmetsburg campus.

A proposal to share space in the new college wrestling facility and locker rooms with the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District was also approved. The board also approved the gift of a boat, which is being given through the college foundation.

Over the past few years, the college has been evaluating the value of an active computer portal. The addition of a portal would enhance communications in all aspects of the college. The Trustees voted to proceed with the project.

The board also approved four grant applications to the Palo Alto Gaming Development Corporation. The college has asked that the gaming group partner with Iowa Lakes on the projects. The first grant request is at the Smith Wellness Center for the Aerobic Room, which needs to replace the carpet flooring with hard wood flooring. The second application is for an automated door in the city/college library. A third request is to re-equip the cardiovascular center with updated equipment as the current equipment has been in use for more than a decade. The final application is for a marketing and recruitment campaign on behalf of the RSVP Volunteer Program. The RSVP Program seeks to recruit more volunteers in Palo Alto County, ultimately benefiting the county. The college would match all grants at 25-percent of the cost.

The board briefly discussed the situation with the Spencer Senior Center/Spencer Area Activity Center and agreed to work with them on an arrangement that will allow the Activity Center to keep their doors open past Dec. 31, and until such time as a formal agreement can be negotiated.