NCC moves forward with building project

Mark Brown, Northwest Iowa Community College’s vice president of operations and finance, talks during a regular meeting of NCC’s board of trustees on Feb. 25. Board members have approved a base bid of $664,000 submitted by H&R Construction of South Sioux City, NE, for a Building C renovation project.

SHELDON—Northwest Iowa Community College has found a general contractor to work on an on-campus remodeling project.

The Sheldon-based college’s board of trustees on Thursday, March 7, approved a base bid of $664,000 submitted by H&R Construction of South Sioux City, NE, for the renovation of a roughly 6,000-square-foot area located inside Building C.

“The space itself is cleaned out and ready to roll,” said Mark Brown, NCC’s vice president of operations and finance, during a six-minute special meeting.

The plan is for the renovated area inside Building C to house NCC’s welding program, which currently is located inside Building D.

“We expect work to begin, we would hope, within the next couple of weeks,” Brown said. “We feel like we’ve got it good to go.”

The project will be entirely funded by Accelerated Career Education Program dollars that have been allocated to the college by the state of Iowa.

The program assists with building expansions “for designated career programs that are deemed to be high-demand programs in the state,” Brown said.

The college has worked with CMBA Architects of Sioux City on specifications for the Building C remodeling project.

“In addition to doubling the square feet of educational space, the new location for the welding program will better synergize with our manufacturing programs and will allow for greater collaboration among the programs,” Brown said. “This project is expected to be completed by the start of the fall 2019 semester.”

Five other construction companies submitted bids on the Building C renovation project:

  • Poppema-Sikma Construction of Sheldon, with a base bid of $688,300.
  • Krull Construction of Orange City, with a base bid of $702,700.
  • L&L Builders Co. of Sioux City, with a base bid of $715,900.
  • Klinger Companies Inc. Sioux City, with a base bid of $716,700.
  • M&D Construction of Sheldon, with a base bid of $732,277.

BUDGET APPROVAL:

The Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees on Feb. 25 approved the college’s budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

“The college is required by law to annually hold a public hearing, certify its proposed budget and submit it to the controlling county auditor by March 15,” Brown said, referencing O’Brien County auditor Barb Rohwer. “This certified budget sets the levy rate for the year ahead.”

The certified budget approved by the board calls for a levy rate of 99 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

This compares to a rate of 79 cents per $1,000 valuation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The net increase of 20 cents is the result of a 25-cent increase due to the new general obligation bond levy voted by area taxpayers in April 2018, coupled with a 5-cent decrease in various other smaller levy categories, according to Brown.

“Based on the prior year’s infor­mation, when NCC’s cumulative general fund levy is compared to all other Iowa community colleges, Northwest Iowa Community College’s levy rate is the second lowest, with only Des Moines Area Community College having a lower rate,” he said.