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Bond issue, Orpheum repairs on Iowa Valley Board retreat session

$33 Million Vote Was Set For Dec. 11

November 7, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"Moving forward with the bond issue" is one of the discussion items before the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors when they meet in a retreat session at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Voting on the $33 million had been planned for Dec. 11.

The issue for a general obligation bond vote was postponed following the tornado which struck Marshalltown on July 19.

"We've decided it's not ethically or morally correct to do a bond issue vote in December," explained IVCCD Chancellor Chris Duree at the Aug. 8 Board meeting. "It wouldn't be fair to taxpayers in this community to ask them to support having their taxes raised when hundreds, if not thousands, of people are still dealing with homes and businesses that were obliterated. Our focus now needs to be on supporting the community. It's just the right thing to do we will get by and do what we can with the resources we have until the timing is more appropriate."

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Chris Duree

Improvements to the Marshalltown and Grinnell Community College campuses and the campus at Ellsworth Community College at Iowa Falls would result from passage of the bond issue.

Those are to include "deferred maintenance fixes" Duree explained according to The Marshalltown Times Republican.

Also among projects at MCC are renovation of the B.J. Harrison Library at an estimated cost of $1.5 million, parking lot project estimated at $1.3 million in cost and $875,000 in renovations to the math and science department facilities, including classrooms and the physics lab.

At Ellsworth in Iowa Falls, renovation of two residence halls and a new dorm building.

Orpheum, Eduction-Training Repairs

Also to be discussed is an update to repairs to the Iowa Valley Orpheum Theatre and Education and Training Center, both located in downtown Marshalltown. Both were hit by the July 19 tornado.

Cost to repair the buildings was set at "well past $1 million." The repairs are to be covered by insurance.

In addition the board will discuss:

Construction Trades Programs

Succession Planning

Reports from ACCT Leadership Congress Board President Johnson and Directors Brodin, Crosser, Hofer, and Jones



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