Community College District
Prop 39 Citizens Oversight Committee Minutes
13, 2004 - 9:00 a.m.
Olinda's Restaurant - Los Banos
Chris Tafoya (Chairperson), Keith Groniga, Maggie Randolph, Mary Villalta
Brooks, Gerald Hoyt, Barbara Ward
Bob Edminster, Michelle Allison
Larry Johnson, Marvin Smith, Joe Allison, Terry Ruscoe, Robin Shepard,
Anne Newins, Sheila Flores (recording) Tony Dutra, Matt Peterson
The meeting was called
to order at 9:28 a.m. by Chairperson Chris Tafoya. Terry Ruscoe led the
Pledge of Allegiance.
- Hearing of the
(An opportunity will be given to citizens to address the committee on
matters of the bond process B a five minute time limit will be allotted
to each speaker, with a maximum of twenty minutes to each subject, unless
extended by the Chairperson.)
There was nothing from the public.
of Minutes from the October 4, 2003, Meeting
It was MSCU (Randolph/Groniga) to approve the minutes.
- Discussion and/or
- Selection of
Chris Tafoya reminded committee members that a request for a volunteer
to serve as co-chairperson was sent out earlier in the month. Maggie
Randolph volunteered to serve as co-chairperson to the Prop 39 Oversight
It was MSCU (Groniga/Villalta Brooks) to approve Maggie Randolph
as co-chairperson of the Prop 39 Bond Oversight Committee. Chris
thanked Maggie in advance for her assistance with the committee.
- Approval of
Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Committee Report
Joe Allison explained to the committee that the report represented
the same information included in the report presented at the last
meeting, except for the following additions/changes: More detailed
description of work performed by consultants and project order changed
to "actual sequence".
After discussion it was MSCU (Hoyt/Ward) to approve the 2002-03
Prop 39 Oversight Committee Annual Report. The report will be presented
as information to the Merced Community College District Board of
Trustees on April 6, 2004.
- Bond Election
Larry informed committee members that with the passage of Proposition
55, the following projects would be funded: Science Building Remodel,
Learning Resource Center, Los Banos Site Preparation and Building
One. The District will receive over $31 million dollars from this
election. The District will contribute over $10 million dollars
from the local bond sale towards these projects, for a total cost
of over $42 million dollars.
Mary asked when the dollars would be available to begin the projects.
Larry responded that the projects are included in the Governor's
Budget so as soon as the Budget passes, dollars will be released.
However, we will continue to "fine tune" the projects in anticipation
of the release of dollars.
- Los Banos Campus
informed committee members that the Los Banos Campus planning has
been ongoing for the past ten months. The Committee has made great
Anne reminded committee members that the campus will be built on
120 acres donated by Stonecreek - Anderson Homes. The new campus
will house computer labs, electronics labs, science labs, a tutorial
center, library, small child development center and administrative
facilities. There will also be an operations and maintenance facility
to house grounds and custodial operations.
Discussions are underway with Merced County Office of Education
(MCOE) to construct a small building on campus to house their Disabled
Adult Education Program. MCOE currently has a successful program
on the Merced Campus.
Anne informed the committee that she is particularly proud of the
fact that the campus is being designed following LEED (Leadership
in Energy Environment Design) specifications. This campus will be
built utilizing recycled materials, low emitting materials and drought
tolerant plants, in order to qualify as a LEED Project. Anne added
that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) public circulation period
ended March 4, 2004, and only two comments were received. District
personnel are responding to the comments. Construction on this campus
should begin Spring 2005.
Larry thanked Anne and her staff for their ongoing planning for
the new campus.
Larry Johnson referred to a handout which outlined the construction
projects currently in progress. Following is an update for each
of the projects in progress:
Interdisciplinary Academic Center - Under Construction
North Loop Road - Construction to begin Summer 2004
Science Building Remodel - Funded for Working Drawings and Construction
- Proposition 55
Merced Business Resource Center - Construction to begin Summer 2004
Learning Resources Center - Funded for Construction - Proposition
Lesher Building Remodel - Final Project Proposal Status
Allied Health Center Building - Final Project Proposal Underway
Los Banos Campus
Site Development/Permanent Educational Facilities - Funded for Working
Drawings and Construction - Proposition 55
Parking Lot - Preliminary Plans Underway
Academic Technology Building - Preliminary Plans Underway Vocational
Educational Building - Preliminary Plans Underway
- Date and Time
of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2004, 9-11:00
a.m. at the Tri-College Center Board Room, Merced Campus.
- Meeting Adjournment
Larry Johnson thanked everyone for participating as members of the
Proposition 39 Bond Oversight Committee. Special thanks to Gerald
Hoyt and his family for hosting the breakfast meeting.
Chris Tafoya thanked Dr. Johnson and his staff for their on-going
support and work to the committee.
The meeting adjourned at 10:26 a.m.
- Los Banos Campus
Committee members and guests were given maps and directions to the
new campus, so that they would each have the opportunity to individually
visit the site.