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College Trustees Move Ahead On Building Projects

By Staff | Jan 27, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – The members of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College moved ahead on two building projects during their meeting Jan. 20. 

The first project was an addition to the Wind Energy building on the Estherville campus. Bids on the 6,200 square foot facility were opened Jan. 16. The Trustees voted to accept the bid from Christensen Construction of Estherville for $550,300. It is hoped that groundbreaking would occur sometime this spring with construction completed by September of 2009. This will allow the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program to accept more students starting this fall.

The other building project is still in the planning stages. At the December meeting of the board, the Trustees agreed to hire an architectural firm to prepare the design and spec work on a Construction Technology building planned at the Emmetsburg campus. College staff and students could then complete the expansion project, saving the college money. The Trustees told staff to proceed with the project as the 2009 ACE infrastructure venture. The plan is that this facility would expand ‘green’ building curriculum to the current course work. Pending state approval on the ACE dollars, Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management will then return to the Trustees asking for permission to approve the specs and set a bid date. 

On the subject of facilities, Hiney updated the Trustees on the status of the Spencer Area Activity Center at Gateway North. The college is working with the Activity Center to allow them to continue to occupy their current space. It appears that the Activity Center has secured a potential buyer for their facility.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees approved an Actuarial Study and Agreement required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which measures post-employment benefits.  

In other financial action at the meeting, the costs for room and board at the college were updated. Starting in the fall of 2009, housing and food will cost $2,400 per semester with an option to include weekend meals at the Estherville campus. The increase amounts to nearly four-percent.

Early Retirement was a topic of the Trustees meeting. Eight individuals have submitted requests to be a part of the plan, which was approved in November. Those approved for early retirement include: Brenda Colegrove, Mary Gengerke, Darwin Grimm, Veloy Grimm, Carol Hartig, Lana Miller, Becky Simons, and Wayne Sunde. All of those who requested early retirement will be leaving the college on June 30 of this year.

The Iowa Lakes Report was given by Randy Beernink, Computer Center Director. Beernink talked about the College Administrative Software System. Along with the history of record keeping, Beernink gave a visual demonstration of Datatel Colleague and WebAdvisor, the current software programs used at Iowa Lakes.

Jo Rogers, Institutional Advancement Executive Director, updated the Trustees on scholarships. This year the scholarships are featured entirely online. The deadline for applications is Apr. 1 for more than 130 scholarships offered to students of Iowa Lakes.

In other business, the date of Feb. 17 was set for a public hearing for the FY ’10 published budget; the Trustees approved a job training agreement with an area company; and also heard routine reports.