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Iowa Valley Community College District is seeking $32 million bond issue approval

February 28, 2019
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"We've been talking about this for a while, and the need is absolutely critical. It's not an easy thing to do, but we owe it to our constituents to take care of our facilities," said Iowa Valley Community College Board President Larry Johnson of Iowa Falls, last week. His remarks came as the Iowa Valley Board approved bringing a $32 million General Obligation Bond issue before district voters on April 2.

The issue actually was to have been before voters on December 11 of last year. However the vote was called off in August in the aftermath of the tornado which struck Marshalltown causing widespread damage in July.

At that time, IVCCD Chancellor Chris Duree told the board "We've decided it's not ethically or morally correct to do a bond issue vote in December. 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." The statement was part of the regular board meeting report submitted to the media by Robin Anctil, the district director of marketing.

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In the report of the board meeting last week, Duree is reported to have said, "We feel good about what we've done, and we recommend your approval. This estimated amount will be less (for taxpayers) than their 2017 levy rate. We've done a lot of work on this, and think that the estimated cost to taxpayers of $3.38 per month for a home assessed at $100,000 valuation is fair. This will help us immensely to get caught up on maintenance and repairs district-wide."

The Iowa Valley District website highlights what the bond issue will pay for are:

Safety and Security Upgrade security cameras, improve campus lighting, improve accessibility and entrances, improve ventilation, update way-finding signage, patch and repair parking lots and sidewalks, and update key/locking systems and fire alarm panels as needed.

Fact Box

April 2 special election details

From: Tama County Auditor

and Commissioner of Elections

Laura Kopsa

Tama County will be consolidating polling locations for this election:

-All voters in the South Tama School District- Civic Center, 305 Siegel St., Tama.

All eligible voters residing with the Iowa Valley Community College District are reminded of the registration deadline.

Friday, March 22, is the final day to pre-register to vote in the April 2, 2019, Special Election. The office of the County Auditor will be open until 5 p.m. on that date for eligible electors who wish to register in person. Completed voter registrations may be mailed to the County Auditor at P.O. Box 61 in Toledo, and must be received by the above deadline in order to be valid for this election.

Voters who are currently registered need not re-register unless they have changed residences from one county to another. A voter who has changed addresses within the same county as the voter is currently registered may change his/her voter registration address any time before the election or at the voter's new polling site on Election Day.

Iowa law now allows eligible persons to register and vote at the polls on Election Day. An Election Day Registrant must provide acceptable proof of identity and current residence in the precinct that is no more than 45 days old.

Absentee voting will begin March 4, 2019- Tama County voters living in the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) comprised of the South Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Districts: Poweshiek County voters living in South Tama school district and Marshall county voters living in Marion Vienna township, Gladbrook-Reinbeck school district may cast an absentee ballot in person.

Friday, March 22, is the final day to have an absentee ballot mailed to the voters. The office of the County Auditor will be open until 5:00 p.m. at 104 W State St. Completed voter absentee forms may be mailed to the County Auditor at PO Box 61, Toledo, and must be received by the above deadline in order to receive a ballot in the mail.

Voters may still come in person to the Auditor's Office at 104 W State St. during our regular office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to vote absentee ballots. Also, on Monday, April 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Polling hours on Election Day April 2nd will be from Noon to 8:00 p.m. We will be open for absentee voting from 8:00 am until 11:00 a.m. on election day. Then the voters must go to their polling locations to vote starting at Noon.

Voters residing in other counties containing portions of the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) should contact the Marshall County Auditor/Recorder Election Department at 641-754-6302 or their County Auditor for more information regarding Absentee Voting or other election information.

Learning Spaces Renovate numerous computer labs and STEM classrooms district-wide, expand/improve Marshalltown Community College Library and Student Success Center, develop MCC Utility Technologies classroom/lab area, remodel/upgrade Dejardin Hall and meeting rooms in the IVCE Conference Center, and expand lab space and create a secure area for the Grinnell Gunsmith program's Gun Repair Shop.

Living Spaces Renovate seriously outdated and worn Ellsworth Community College student housing buildings (Thompson Hall built in 1972 and Wall Hall built in 1964) and expand existing College Suites.

Infrastructures Repair/upgrade aging HVAC systems and electrical panels, replace worn carpeting and furnishings, replace leaky windows, rehab interior and exterior walls, update restrooms and locker rooms, repair roofing as needed, and remodel inoperable ECC pool into student space.

Technologies Upgrade telephone and clock systems, install backup generator for IT servers, and upgrade WAN/LAN systems (for internet connectivity) as needed.

Also reported by District Marketing Director Robin Anctil in a recap of the Feb. 6 board meeting:

elated to IVCCD finances, the Board recommended approval for filing the District's 2019-20 estimated budget and set a public hearing for the budget on Mar. 6. Vice Chancellor of Finance/CFO Kathy Pink explained that the estimated budget sets the District's level of expenditures for Funds 1, 2 and 7 and establishes the tax levy for the District's 10-county area. The 2019-20 tax rate will be .88409 per $1,000 taxable valuation for homeowners, which is a decrease of nearly 11 cents from the previous year.

Pink noted that districtwide, property valuations are up nearly 4.75% over the 10-county area.

In other matters, the Board approved the following:

-Eight voluntary early retirement plan applications for Ann Ersland, ECC Clinical/Nursing Faculty; Deb Hawks, IVCE Director of Business & Industry Training; Fonda Hopp, MCC Clinical/Nursing Faculty; Renaie Hutzel, MCC Executive Assistant; Cheryl Little, IVCE Director of Health Education; Judith Losing, IVCE Executive Assistant; Lauren (Beth) Severidt, WIOA Career Counselor; and Sandy Supianoski, IVCE Employer Relations Supervisor. Board President Larry Johnson said that the 10 retirees (two were approved in previous meetings) have nearly 200 years of service in total. "We thank them for their service they will be missed," he said.

-A re-roofing project for Thompson Hall at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls (estimated contract cost of $209,226) and a window replacement project for the same building (estimated contract cost of $211,000). The monies are coming from the District's Plant Levy Fund, and a public hearing on the two projects will be held at the March 6 Board meeting.

-An architectural services agreement with TSP Inc. for design and engineering related to IVCCD facility improvement and maintenance projects. The agreement will cover multiple small projects under one umbrella.

-Two architectural services agreements with TSP Inc., one for masonry cleaning, repair and tuck-pointing at Reg Johnson Hall on the ECC campus and the other for HVAC equipment replacement and upgrades at Reg Johnson Hall. Chancellor Duree told the Board, "These are high priority items that really cannot wait." Monies for the projects will come from the District's Plant Levy Fund.

-A revised IVCCD Facilities Master Plan, which provides more detailed narrative regarding facility needs and future plans.

-Three donations were accepted by the Board, including 1) $1,500 from JBS USA Food Company/UFCW Local 1149 to be used for JBS employee scholarships to attend Adult Basic Education classes; 2) 100 bushels of corn and 40 bushels of soybeans from Key Cooperative given to the ECC Ag Science Club to be marketed through the "Bushels for Ag" program, and 3) $50 from Don Smith for the Wellborn Scholarship Fund.

-The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be on Wednesday, March 6, at 4 pm in the District Administration building on the Iowa Valley/MCC campus in Marshalltown.

 
 
 

 

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