October 13, 2011 Staff Assembly Minutes

Todd Hall


Call to Order:  2:05 pm

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2011 meeting; motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

New Business

  • Long Range Visioning and Planning Update (Erin Norvell)

The Long Range Visioning and Planning Committee (LRV&P) came about following results of the Foundation’s Feasibility Study.  The committee is co-chaired by community members Joe Morris and Patty Shea and comprised of members representing the community, NIC students and staff.  The committee’s charge is to review, revise and update the college’s mission, vision and values statements from which a new strategic plans will be directed.  Their timeline is to present their ideas to the trustees at the January meeting.  A draft is underway, which you can view on the LRV&P website link from the NIC homepage.  The committee is actively seeking input, which you can do via the feedback form on their website, by attending employee forums or the Senate meetings.  We encourage your participation in this process and your feedback will be heard. 

  • Division of Public Works Capital Budget Requests (Garry Stark)

This month NIC submitted our capital budget funding requests to the Department of Public Works in Boise.  Our first priority request was $21 million for a Joint Use Facility in the Ed Corridor in conjunction with the University of Idaho and Lewis Clark State College.  Our second priority request was $2.8 million for an addition to the Meyer Health Science Building, and our third priority request was $2.5 million to build on a PTE facility on our property out at Workforce Training in Post Falls.  Our alteration and repairs funding requests projects included replacing the gym floor, replacing carpeting on campus, repairing the foundation at the Lincoln Way storage building, maintaining streets and parking in the Ed Corridor, roofing at Workforce Training, and replacing worn seating at Schuler Auditorium.

  • Construction Projects Update (Garry Stark)

Weather permitting, we are scheduled to lay the second layer of asphalt on River Avenue this Friday and Monday.  The Corps of Engineers granted approval to re-route the Centennial Trail the other side of the seawall, which is a much nicer path.  The signal light at the corner of Northwest Boulevard is scheduled to be done by the end of this month.  We are keeping the street through the Higher Ed Corridor that runs by the sewage treatment plant closed for safety until the project is completed.  We are also in the process of re-roofing Lee-Kildow Hall, and their trucks may take up a few parking spaces on the south side of the building.

  • Dike Update (Garry Stark)

Engineers are analyzing the cost of driving sheet metal down through the middle of Rosenberry Drive as an alternative to cutting down the trees, but early estimates are that it would be a huge cost.  Bob Murray commented that the dike is 75 years old, and the tree root system is at least twice the size of the tree.  The city of Coeur d’Alene has two years to complete the dike project, and we are almost at the end of the first year.

  • Tobacco Free Campus Update (Erin Norvell)

Erin reminded Staff Assembly that the first year is an educational year; next fiscal year we may consider possible repercussions for people who disregard the Tobacco-Free guideline.  The Senate has requested a mid-year report in January or February.  There are plans for smoking cessation support and more advertising through Student Health Services.  NIC did receive kudos from Panhandle Health District on our signage and implementation of a tobacco-free campus.

  • Wellness Update (Erin Norvell)

As of this month, NIC has paid out $12,000 in HRA incentives for participation in our Wellness program, so keep up the good work.

Good of the Order:
  • The next Senate meeting is at noon on October 20th in the Blue-Creek/Echo Bay room and we will have updates on the Long Range Visioning and Planning Committee.
  • Communications and Marketing is researching what it would take to rebuild Faculty Finder; if staff would like to give input, please contact Erna Rhinehart.

Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.

Next Staff Assembly Meeting:  Thursday, November 10th at noon in Meyer Health Science building, Room 113.