OHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

Ohlone College

Room 1216

43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA

 

Minutes of Citizens’ Oversight Committee Special Meeting

October 20, 2003

Page 1 of   3 Pages                                                                                                                   ADOPTED

                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:       Pat Danielson, James Griffin, Emily Sawyer, Jim Laub, Christopher Gray, Dan Chang,  Ken Ballard

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:          Leo Hinkel, George Mathiesen, Jason Greenfield, Louis Willett

 

MANAGEMENT

PRESENT:                             Doug Treadway, President, Simon Barros

                                               

 

OPEN MEETING:                 The meeting was called to order by Pat Danielson at 6:45 P.M.

                                                She led the Committee in the Pledge.

Communications

from the Audience                  None

 

Communications                     Emily asked about statistics regarding enrollment previous to the bond election and

From the Committee              current enrollment. The Committee would like more accurate information in order to address any issues presented by the Public concerning bond campaign information.  Staff will research this further.

 

SCHEDULED ITEMS

 

 

1.                                                                 Master Plan Options for the Ohlone College Newark Campus

Presentation by Karen Cribbins-Kuklin and Joel Karr

 

Dr. Treadway outlined major concerns to be considered in the Master Plan for the Newark Site.  He emphasized traffic handling, site development costs, future development, and utilities.  He also talked about the District’s association with the neighboring owner, Sobrato Development Co., specifically because of the CC&R’s which exist on the site.

 

Karen presented proposed options to the Committee (Scheme A and Scheme B). 

 

Presentation:

Wetlands – educational use

Alternative Energy

Bus Traffic

Kidango Child Development & Care Center

Storm Drainage

Service Road Easement

Parking Lots

Wind Issue

Utilities

Square footage of building space in proposed plan(s)

Variables for Attendance

Efficiency of materials and landscaping

Traffic Flow

Potential for Amphitheater

Leeds Certification

 

James Griffin suggested that the Committee prepare a statement of support for the revised plans, based on consistency with the Bond Program as presented to the Community, as well as clarification of the relationship between revised square footage of the project and quality of supplies, equipment and landscaping for planned use.  His motion was as follows:

 

“The Bond Oversight Committee wishes to advise the Ohlone Board of Trustees of their support in principle of the revised schemes A & B for the Newark Campus Master Plan presented by MBT Architects, based on the committee's belief that the revised plans are consistent with the Bond Program as represented to the community and reflects subsequent demographic and economic changes that have since occurred; that utilizing the full street frontage for development of the campus would render greater identity for the college, and that restricting the development of the buildings to the front 600 feet appears to be the most cost efficient solution to the college's first phase development (which was approved in the bond issue).  As a part of this motion, the committee acknowledges that the revised square footage of the project relates to qualitative enhancements necessary to meet the program goals, and suggests that these qualitative changes be quantified and that cost 'trade offs' be established to account for the change so that the community is kept informed.”

 

The Committee approved this statement of support, and Pat will present it to the Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled meeting on October 22, 2003.

 

2.                                                                 Other

Dan expressed concern about the Public’s perception of the District’s reallocation of part of the bond funds.  Karen stated that this augmentation of additional funding for the development of the site had been approved by the Board in June, 2003, before the consideration of revision of the Master Plan.  Doug described the language used in bond campaigning, emphasizing that “overcrowding” is a key word used to acquire support.  He also noted that at any particular time, there could be overcrowding in one program while another program might be underutilizing space allocated.

 

The Committee expressed concern that the Public should receive updated information on the bond project plans, possibly through the local newspaper, but from the point of view of an insider rather than a reporter.

 

 

             The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 P.M.