Two weeks ago, Missouri Valley College President Bonnie Humphrey along with several MVC officials, presented a proposed student center to members of the Board of Public Works.
That morning, board members considered how they could assist the college in its $6.5 million project and Tuesday, Feb. 28, came to a decision.
"We are so fortunate that we have this institution out here on our home grounds," said board member Jim Heinzler. "Nearly 100 years they've been providing education for this community. They have been providing money for the utilities that we've served them with over the years. We have some outstanding people that have come out of that institution, and right now we have an outstanding president ... "
Heinzler moved MMU donate the materials and labor costs necessary to establish utility connections.
Because the water department would not be able to sustain the donation, Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer suggested the electric department fund the water department's portion through its economic development funding.
"We always find money for these other things (projects)," Heinzler said, adding he'd support the interdepartmental funding.
According to MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs, the donation reflected as a dollar amount could also allow the college to generate matching funds for the construction of the building.
Board members approved the donation Tuesday morning.
Since 2010, MVC has added a dormitory for rodeo student athletes, updated Gregg-Mitchell Field as well as constructed Viking Villages -- four on-campus apartments buildings for eligible undergraduate students.
In other news, the name of the firm that's used by Bank Midwest to make MMU's investments has changed to LPL Financial LLC, and board members approved a resolution to reflect that change in ownership. They also approved the electric production department's request to replace five exterior doors using in-house labor.
This project is budgeted at $10,000, according to a report from Electric Production Director Jim Johnson. In 2004, the board had approved this project at an estimated cost of $8,000 for six doors, and one has since been replaced. The department plans to replace the remaining five, including doorframes and hardware.
After their regular meeting, board members went into closed session to discuss personnel matters. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.
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MVC presents utility board with proposed student center plans