College campus looking to expand

Board business:

• CNCC Craig Campus filed a request for approval for phase 1 of its construction plan west of town, and opened bidding to engineers and architects around the state.

• The college is accepting nomination petitions for Board of Control seats up for election on Nov. 6.

• Classes start Monday, Aug. 27, including the new massage therapy and industrial electrician programs.

In other news:

• The Meeker, Craig and Rangely Chambers of Commerce tested the college's two-way audio/visual system, known as Polycom, Tuesday morning. The system worked, and the organizations look to have joint meetings in the future. The college is looking into letting people from the community use it if they need video conferencing.

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig Campus is looking to expand.

Officials want to build a residence hall and new facilities in the development west of town where The Memorial Hospital is building now, but do not plan to go to the taxpayers for funding.

"We don't anticipate we will ever do that," Bilodeau said. "Any money we look to build with will come from the money we get now, private donors. And in the event that we need anything more, we would look to the state to fill that need."

Craig Campus representatives met with the CNCC Moffat County Board of Control, which oversees the college's revenue, on Monday to discuss moving forward with its capital construction plans.

The college decided to file a request for approval for phase 1 of its construction plan with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, or SBCCOE. Phase 1 is an infrastructure plan to widen Ninth Street and create road access to the side of the development the college plans to build on.

It is a lot like the $2.7 million groundbreaking The Memorial Hospital did in early August, Bilodeau said.

The plan budgeted for about $2 million, and is the second budget priority for SBCCOE this year, which recommends its projects to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Bilodeau said. He expects the college to know if the funding has been approved by early fall.

The college put its plan on the state's online LISTSERV looking for an engineer and an architect. The LISTSERV is available for all state-approved firms, which can bid on the plan through the online system.

SBCCOE has not approved the construction plan, but Bilodeau wanted to move forward to allow for the preliminary process.

"If something were to happen, we would have to let it go, but we wanted to get the ball rolling," Bilodeau said.

Eventually, the college wants to build a 24-unit residence hall, a 15,000-square-foot technical building and a 75,000-square-foot multipurpose facility.

College officials hope the residence hall will be built and ready by fall 2008, Bilodeau said. The technical building and other classroom facilities would follow.

In other discussion at the meeting, four of the board's five seats are up for vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Two of those are for two-year terms, and those board members already have filed for petitions to run again.

The other two seats are four-year terms, and the board members currently filling those cannot run again because of board term limits.

Any resident of Moffat County can run for the vacating board seats. Those interested should contact Robin Brumback for a petition. Potential nominees must collect 50 signatures on their petition, and cannot sign their own.

Petitions are available now. They must be returned by 5 p.m. Aug. 30.

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