Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control Treasurer Karol Bullen looks over the numbers for the college's audit by Colorado CPA Services. The numbers in the audit have been incorrect and unable to be passed for two board meetings, which led to concern from board members at the monthly meeting Monday night. Next to Bullen is Gene Bilodeau, the college's newly appointed vice president of administration.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control Treasurer Karol Bullen looks over the numbers for the college's audit by Colorado CPA Services. The numbers in the audit have been incorrect and unable to be passed for two board meetings, which led to concern from board members at the monthly meeting Monday night. Next to Bullen is Gene Bilodeau, the college's newly appointed vice president of administration.

CNCC expands staff, frustrated with audit

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Gene Bilodeau has been waiting for this moment since 1994.

That's when Colorado Northwestern Community College looked at its administration needs and laid out a plan for what it needed. But budget constraints and cuts kept that plan from happening. At least, until Jan. 1, 2009.

"We are back to where we wanted to be," said the newly appointed vice president of administration during the monthly CNCC Board of Control meeting at the college Monday night. "We are in a position to make an impact on our community."

Bilodeau is being succeeded by Dan Minor, who is the new dean of instruction.

"(Minor) is knowledgeable of the Colorado community college structure, and I'm glad to have him here," Bilodeau said.

In his tenure at CNCC, Bilodeau said he has learned that when economic times are tough, the need for community colleges grows.

"The community members look to us," he said. "We are growing in a time when we can help the community even more."

Awaiting approval

Board treasurer Karol Bullen admitted that she had to take some deep breaths and cool down before Monday's meeting after she read through an audit of the college's finances by Colorado CPA services.

"There are simple math and recording errors," she said. "I'm not an English teacher, but there are also a lot of grammatical errors and missing words."

The audit was not passed for the second board meeting in a row because of the errors. Board accountant Missy Bonaker said it was the third round of the audit and that it had been a frustrating process.

The board had to apply for an extension for the audit to be passed to the end of March because of the status of the audit.

"That really means we only have one more meeting to pass this," Bullen said. "It makes me a little nervous because I don't know what we do if we don't pass it next month."

CNCC President John Boyd said that the owner of Colorado CPA Services, Matthew Scoggins, was a former employee of the college, and he vouched for him.

"Matt is good to work with, and I'm sure he'll do what it takes to get done," Boyd said. The audit was tabled until the Feb. 16 meeting.

Retained funds

Dan Jiroux, of Diversified Consulting Services, brought a letter to the board from Mike Anson, owner of Anson Excavating and Pipe, requesting that a portion of money being retained by the college be paid for services already be completed.

Jiroux said that the original plan was for the excavation to be completed in the fall with the understanding that inclement weather could postpone the completion until the spring. Weather did play a roll, and Anson's crew stopped in December with 92 percent of the job completed. The college retained $51,000 of the about $938,000 owed to Anson, which Jiroux said is a traditional retainer that is kept until the job is done.

"What Mike is asking for is that since he has three dead months until he starts up again that we pay some of the retainer to help him through those months," Jiroux said. "In my dealings with Mike, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't give him some of the retainer back."

A motion was passed such that after Jiroux checked on the work that had been completed and the requirements of the bond, he would pass on the information to board chairman Ray DuBois. The chairman then would make a decision on how much, if any, of the retainer would be paid to Anson.

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