CNCC board discusses new parking lot, personnel developments |

CNCC board discusses new parking lot, personnel developments

Lauren Blair
John Whipple scales Telluride's Via Ferrata earlier this year. Whipple

At its monthly meeting, the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control did the following:

• Unanimously approved an easement for a trail which currently extends from Ridgeview on the west side of Craig into Craig, crossing CNCC property. Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike presented the plan, which involves upgrading the current gravel trail to a paved trail and requires some minor rerouting.

“I’m all for increasing the foot traffic near and through our beautiful campus,” said board member Zack Allen.

The city of Craig is seeking a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation to complete the project. It must first be approved by CNCC, Moffat County commissioners and recorded at the Moffat County Courthouse.

• Unanimously approved a plan to construct a new parking lot directly west of the building next spring.

Representatives from Anson Excavating and Pipe, Robert Murray and Todd Myers, presented the proposal, which would provide 15 parking spaces near the west entrance.

“When the original design for this property was approved and constructed, it’s very unwelcoming for people with disabilities to be able to access the building safely and comfortably,” said CNCC President Russell George. “And we’ve been looking for a way to help that.”

The parking spaces will not be designated as handicap only, but are intended to provide easier access for the elderly and disabled. The board agreed to schedule the project for the spring.

• Heard a report from George on recent turnover, events and developments at the college.

— College controller, Lisa LeFevre, and administrative assistant to the academic dean and coordinator of Title 9, Priscilla Rose, recently accepted positions at other Colorado community colleges. CNCC will begin conducting searches to fill these positions.

— The search for a vice president for the college has been narrowed to eight candidates who will each visit the college for a half-day during the first week of December.

— A new human relations position has been created on the Craig campus, filled by Donna Secules.

— The student government recently submitted a petition to reduce the cost of textbooks. George expressed sympathy with their concerns and is working with the bookstore and business office to address their request.

• Heard from Dean of Instruction Donna Theimer about the recent success of Taste of Education despite a lower-than-desired turnout. She also announced that CNCC was recently approved for a contract to provide National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification.

• Heard from board member Dave DeRose about the creation of a scholarship by the Craig Kiwanis Club dedicated to providing tuition to a CNCC student.

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