Aug 222014

By Linda Kor

In a meeting of the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board Tuesday, Vice President of Administrative Services Blaine Hatch looked to the board for support to move ahead with funding campus improvements.

The board gave approval for an additional $2,852 for pavement improvements at the Northeast Arizona Training Center in Taylor. Last month the board approved an amount not to exceed $35,000 for the project, but the amount of material needed to complete the crack sealing for the asphalt surface was more than projected.

“The amount of material required to complete the crack seal was initially estimated at 65 units, but the actual number of units was 172,” explained Hatch, who added that the contractor, Hatch Industries (a company not associated with Blaine Hatch) adjusted the pricing from $78 per unit to $45 per unit as a result of the change in the amount of material, with the additional amount of the total cost being the transaction privilege tax cost.

The board also voted to award a $604,000 contract to Lake Powell Construction and Development for exterior and roofing improvements to the multipurpose building at the White Mountain Campus and the Performing Arts Annex at the Silver Creek Campus.

According to Hatch, the improvements will add longevity to both buildings and greatly improve their appearance. “The building at the White Mountain campus is 30 years old and the performing arts building was built in 1978, so it’s been quite awhile,” said Hatch.

The board also approved the purchase of mechanical equipment from Mechanical Products Southwest in the amount of $125,509 to remove and replace the roofs on both the Blunk Building at the Little Colorado Campus in Winslow and for the Whiteriver Center.

Hatch informed the board that the construction bid will be recommended to the board at the September meeting, but the time frame for delivery called for materials to be ordered as soon as possible. He also added that the current three-year capital budget includes a deferred maintenance line item and funds are available for completion of the project.

In other business, the board heard from Betsyann Wilson, program director for NPC Friends and Family, formerly known as the NPC Foundation. Wilson is new to the position and excited about the changes that will be taking place within the non-profit organization, such as researching grants that would allow for additional equipment, programs and scholarships for the college and its students that had not been sought out in the past.

Wilson is also actively seeking individuals to take part on the NPC Friends and Family board who will represent central and northern Navajo County. Currently the board has representatives from Snowflake, Taylor and Apache County. “I want to have a representative from each area that is serviced by the college to ensure that everyone has a voice,” explained Wilson.

Wilson also has plans to move forward with efforts to sell the building in Holbrook owned by the organization. “We still have the old district office building located on Hopi Drive in Holbrook and once the college lease runs out in 2015, it becomes a liability,” she stated. Wilson explained that the building has been for sale for a while, but that she was informed that it was no longer an active listing. As she reviewed the circumstances she discovered that it was in fact still an active listing. She also saw what was being asked for the building. “The list price is $863,000, which is absurd for Holbrook. It was agreed to drop the price to $250,000 by the board. The Realtor has six months to sell the property or we’ll find a new Realtor,” stated Wilson, who added that a lease option could be considered, but that she didn’t see many people in need of 11,000 square feet of office space.

The board also approved intergovernmental agreements with the St. Johns, Red Mountain, Chinle, Joseph City, Whiteriver, Holbrook, Winslow, Ganado and Snowflake school districts that would allow for dual enrollment courses to be taught on those campuses.

The board held the first reading of a policy to establish a procedure for the review of board policies, and a policy regarding the powers and procedures of the district board, along with possible revisions of both policies.