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IVCC Board 4-3

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:50 p.m. CST

OGLESBY — The second phase of construction on the Peter Miller Community Technology Center (CTC) project was the primary focus of the Illinois Valley Community College board’s facilities committee on April 3.

Facilities reviewed bid documents for the CTC’s $4.7 million Phase 2 to include demolition of east campus buildings, reconstruction of parts of two buildings and construction of a maintenance building. Phase 2 bids will be released April 12, and bids will be opened May 10.

The committee also discussed a brick walkway at the front of the CTC. The walkway would be funded, in part, by donors purchasing named bricks, benches and plants as part of the CTC capital campaign.

Architect Paul Basalay updated the committee on CTC construction saying G building work on the therapeutic massage area is ahead of schedule, demolition of F building is “a tad behind” despite work being done Saturdays and Sundays, and construction of the building’s foundation is ahead of schedule.

The committee was updated on the plan to resubmit to the ICCB the RAMP document for renovations to Jacobs Library and a fitness center expansion. Total cost of the two projects is estimated at $8.2 million; the state’s portion is $6.15 million, and IVCC’s is slightly over $2 million.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran announced the University of Illinois Extension office representing LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall counties is considering locating an office at IVCC following the opening of the CTC in 2014.

One possible site for the Extension is Financial Aid, a program moving into the CTC.

“IVCC is an ideal location, and financial aid is the area we found most suitable for our needs,” said Jill Guynn, Extension county director. “We’re very grateful and excited.”

Guynn said the Extension provides “unbiased, research-based information and educational programs to people where they live and work.

“In addition to offering cutting edge research, we work with local advisory committees and communities across the four counties to address issues of local concern. Some of the programs people are most aware of are 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists,” said Guynn. The agency’s offices in Princeton, Ottawa and Henry will remain open.

Corcoran said the move would bring to campus many of the 60,000 individuals served by the Extension annually.

The audit/finance committee also met Tuesday and will recommend to the full board the college contract with McGladry & Pullen for auditing services for the next three years and with Centrue Bank for banking services.

In addition, in a move to trim costs, the committee will recommend to the board the college eliminate men’s and women’s tennis as soon as all commitments to current players have been honored. The committee will further recommend a one-third reduction in all waivers for an approximate savings of $50,000.

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