No decision was made, but a work team has recommended a possible referendum involving three projects deemed critical and five other projects at the Nicolet College LRC building.
The Board of Trustees assembled the team this summer after a proposal arose to use the maximum allowed borrowing authority without a referendum to remodel parts of the Learning Resources Center. When opposition to that approach surfaced, the work team met to recommend a course.
Board member Ron Zimmerman said the earliest any work could be done is 2015. The three critical projects...HVAC remodeling... getting the building to code and fixing the exterior... each were under the $1.5 million dollars threshold that did not require a referendum. But with the delay, he says, that changes...
"....the original projects, all designed to be under $1.5 million, are all now over $1.5 million. That's an extra $300,000 to be honest about it..."
The three critical projects come to $4.6 million in 2015, and $4.9 million in 2016. Five other projects .....library upgrade...four additional classrooms, technology upgrades, auditorium and food service work would be an approximate $1.5 million dollars total. If all were approved, it would be $6.3 million dollars for 2015 or $6.6 million for 2016 if delayed that long.
Zimmerman said the work team came to a recommendation to move forward on the projects, which would require a referendum.
The Board instructed President Libby Burmaster to begin looking at the requirements for a referendum and to report back to the board at a future meeting.