August 19, 2013 Facilities Committee Meeting
Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community
College District No. 513 met at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Board
Room (C307) at Illinois Valley Community College.
David O. Mallery, Chair
Melissa M. Olivero
Board Members Physically
Larry D. Huffman
Others Physically Present:
Roelfsema, Vice President for Business Services and Finance
Vice President for Learning and Student Development
Director of Facilities
The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m. by Mr.
PROTECTION, HEALTH, AND SAFETY
PROJECTS FOR TAX YEAR 2013
list of Potential Capital Improvement Projects was recently updated by the
Operations Committee. The tax levy for
PHS projects will generate approximately $1.6 million. The first project being recommended is
Building A Chiller/Air Handler Replacement.
The budgeted amount for this project is $797,907 which includes the
contingency and the architect/engineering fees.
If the facilities committee is comfortable with this project, it will be
presented to the full board at the September board meeting and then the Illinois
Community College Board must approve it.
Mr. Mallery questioned the additional maintenance that went with the
last chiller. Cheryl indicated that PHS
funds cannot be used for maintenance contracts.
It would be a separate agreement that the College would enter into with
the contractor and would be an annual payment.
It would only be on the Building A chiller. The second project is the Cultural Center
Sound System Replacement. The budgeted amount for this project is
$691,700. When this project was looked
at in 2012, the architects did not realize the Cultural Centre did not have an
isolated ground. Ms. Olivero asked if
this was a necessity. This is a separate
electrical system that would eliminate interference with the Community
Technology Center around it. The current
sound system is down to one-third of its capacity. It would be a costly proposition to get the
old and new equipment melted together. Architect
Kurt Rimmele indicated he would do more research of what other options are
available. Ms. Olivero was concerned
with the College tightening its budget for other things and then spending
almost three-quarters of a million dollars on a sound system. The overall plan is to upgrade the Cultural
Centre at an approximate cost of $1.5 million.
If the Board wants the state-of-the-art Cultural Centre and something to
be proud of, then the College must move forward. The stage floor is being recommended to be
refurbished and this is an agenda item for the August board meeting. Mr. Rimmele will do more research on the
PROTECTION, HEALTH, AND SAFETY
PROJECT – BUILDING G WATER SYSTEM HEAT EXCHANGER REPLACEMENT
of a minor leak was recently found at the single tank heat exchanger in
Building G. Before this rises to the
level of an emergency leaving Building G without hot water, it was recommended
to replace the single tank heat exchanger with a multiple tank lead/lag
system. There are 85 heating fixtures
and this is taken into account in determining the size of the tank. If the tank went out, there would be a
five-week lead time in obtaining another one.
That is why the two tanks are being recommended. The committee wanted to decide on the single
tank vs. the multiple tank system after the bids were received. The Request for Proposals will be written
with two base bids – one for single tank and one for a multiple tank system.
2010 when the College was notified the Community Instructional Center Project
would become a reality, another RAMP Report was prepared which included
additions and renovations to the library and the fitness center. Architect Dominick Demonica met with the
library staff and a drawing of renovations to the library was made. It addressed instructional and
student/community resource space shortages.
The existing library space is technologically and physically outdated in
its efforts to offer appropriate resources to the College’s students and
community and technology continues to play a larger role in the library. The current needs of the library are
difficult to achieve in the space and Mr. Demonica came up with several
renditions and the drawing that was provided to the committee was the best
scenario. It still has
shortcomings. Planning space is very
difficult because technology is changing all the time. It is hard to envision where technology is
going. It was noted the RAMP report is
just to keep the College’s place on the capital list. This is the latest version, but it is a
project that needs to be reviewed by all stakeholders. Feedback is needed from the Board so that the
administration can update this report when it is brought back to the Board next
year. The other part of this report is
the fitness center. The need was
identified to enlarge the fitness center to incorporate new programs, more room
for free-weights, cross-fit exercise, and space for offices which was removed
when the installation of an elevator took place. There is no conference area for privacy
issues. The expansion would provide
students with more opportunities in the health and fitness areas. The question was asked if the Board approved
the Master Plan with the additional space for the fitness center. It was noted the Master Plan is just a
plan. If funds become available, it is a
vision for the College. Another board
member believes the Master Plan gives structure to a wish list. Ms. Olivero had
concerns with what the College needs vs. what the College wants. With the cost associated with the RAMP report
and the $691,000 cost of the new sound system in the Cultural Centre, the
College could build an Early Childhood Education center. The Early Childhood Education center is not
a priority and Ms. Olivero has accepted that.
As the College prioritizes for the future, this needs to be discussed as
a Board. The question was asked if the
RAMP report could be split. If the Board
was to make significant changes, the project could move forward but would have
to be resubmitted. It was suggested to
look at the bigger picture and decide what is the best use of the district’s
money. Ms. Olivero stated she is looking
at the bottom line and trying to justify it during these economical times. Dr. Corcoran suggested a Board Retreat be scheduled
to prioritize projects.
CITY OF OGLESBY PROPOSAL –
ARMED POLICE OFFICER ON CAMPUS
The Board had
authorized the administration to pursue a proposal from the City of Oglesby and
the LaSalle County Sheriff’s department for the cost of providing a police
presence on campus for at least 20 hours per week. A draft of the Intergovernmental Agreement
was reviewed by the board members present.
The administration met with officials from Oglesby and also with LaSalle
County Sheriff Tom Templeton. The dollar
amount was significantly more with LaSalle County. Sheriff Templeton noted that even if LaSalle
County was not selected to provide the service, LaSalle County would work with
the College in having more of a presence on campus. A majority of the employees are
overwhelmingly in support of a sworn officer on campus. The board members present were all in
agreement with the recommendation to have police presence on campus for 20
hours per week and agreed to move forward with the recommendation to the full
Board at the September board meeting.
SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL FIELD
softball and baseball fields are in need of improvements. The condition of the
baseball field is not acceptable. If the Board decides to continue with
athletics, there has to be some minimum quality. The Board has talked about water out to the
fields, but the price was overwhelming.
Cory Tomasson, softball coach, suggested doing some extra fundraising
and having volunteers do the work. It is
important to have a licensed contractor on site with volunteers. The softball program could be an example of
what the College could do in other areas.
It was noted in order to keep the field in good condition; water must be
extended out to the field. The absence
of a bathroom is a concern, also. Tracy
Morris brought forward the idea of using the Dickinson field in Oglesby for
this year until improvements could be made on the baseball field. The cost of using the Dickinson field would
be $3,250 for the season. Oglesby would
set up the field and the equipment would be provided by the City of
Oglesby. In order for the baseball team
to play on the Dickinson field, Dr. Morris needs approval from the Board and
then she would need approval from the NJCAA.
This process is time sensitive. The
concern was that other groups use the field and if there was a conflict in
schedules, IVCC would have to use its own field and still pay for the Dickinson
field. Dr. Corcoran will contact Oglesby to find out if there is a conflict in
schedules. Athletic facilities will be
another topic for the Board Retreat.
Cultural Centre Stage Extension is not a Protection, Health and Safety
Project. The sound consultant noted that
if the Board wanted this option of extending the stage another 11 ft. over the
orchestra pit, there were concerns that it could change the acoustics. Therefore, if the Board wants the extension,
it should be in place before the acoustic study. Ms. Olivero still had concerns with not
increasing the coaches’ salaries, not filling positions, and struggling with
wants and needs. Mr. Steve Alvin stated
at a minimum the College needs a sound system in the Cultural Centre. The College is opening a brand new building
and the Cultural Centre is a part of it and it is not functional. Ms. Olivero just wanted to see a less
expensive solution to the sound system problem.
Mr. Rimmele will look at other options to save on the cost.
It was moved by Mr. Mallery, seconded by Ms. Bonucci, and
carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 6:54 p.m. Motion passed by voice vote.