OHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
6800 Mowry Avenue, Newark, California
Minutes of Citizens’ Oversight Committee Special Meeting
December 16, 2003
Page 1 of 2 Pages ADOPTED
MEMBERS PRESENT: Pat Danielson, Ken Ballard, James Griffin, Dan Chang, Emily Sawyer, Jim Laub
Jason Greenfield, Leo Hinkel, George Mathiesen, Christopher Gray
MEMBERS ABSENT: Louis Willett
PRESENT: Dr. Doug Treadway, President/Superintendent
Deanna Walston, Vice President, Business Services/Deputy Superintendent
Simon Barros, Director of Buildings & Grounds
OPEN MEETING: The meeting was called to order by Pat Danielson at 7:20 p.m.
The pledge of allegiance was led by Pat Danielson
from the Audience A member of the Waste Watchers Group spoke regarding concerns about the needs of the community and the difference in the economy since passage of the bond. This member also stated that after meeting with President Treadway and obtaining other information about the planned projects, this group supports the revised Master Plan for the Newark site.
From the Committee The committee was reminded that the next regular meeting of the Bond Oversight Committee will occur on February 2, 2004.
1. Review and Consideration of the current draft of the Master Plan for the Ohlone College Newark Site
There was discussion of the revisions to the previous plan. Emily asked if a library is planned at this site and was told that there will be a library, but not a joint library. Traffic issues were discussed briefly. Dan expressed strong concern about the transfer of funds from one project to another. He suggested the possibility of refunding some of the bond funds to the taxpayers. The question of possible cost increases was mentioned. It was noted that the District is planning to carry a 7% contingency for unexpected expenses. Leo stated that he prefers the idea of stepping up quality at the facility. Jim Laub reminded administration and committee members that a milestone chart should be established as soon as possible to track and control costs and timelines. Pat referred to the ballot measure text and noted that three separate amounts were stated in the text, representing three separate major projects. Doug reminded the group that the amounts specified in the bond text were indicated as estimates.
Ken Ballard remarked that he was impressed with the new plan and with the idea of affiliating with other education facilities, such as state colleges and universities. Jim Griffin stated that it was time for the committee (and the District) to make a decision regarding the plans. He stated that he felt that smaller, with better quality was okay, but he was not comfortable with transferring budget to support maintenance projects rather than build facilities.
George expressed the need for the committee to provide a consensus of the committee’s feeling regarding the revised plan. He questioned the role of the group in detailing the budget.
Chris asked the committee if they believed that the revised plan, based on information received, is consistent with what the voters approved. Further discussion resulted in a cumulative approval of the plan, but most desired the additional verbiage to indicate that cost and efficiency need to be quantified, and some did not support moving funds from the Newark project to the Fremont campus projects.
The meeting ended with the proposal to keep the budgeted amount of savings of the Newark project in reserve until further information is available on needs.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 P.M.