College board holds off on Measure Q policy shift

By From page A3 | January 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College governing board put off action Wednesday on a temporary policy shift that could streamline Measure Q construction projects.

The idea is to temporarily grant authority to the college’s president/superintendent and “certain key staff” to approve certain construction change orders.

During the brief discussion on the issue, Jowel Laguerre, the board secretary and college president, suggested changing the initial proposal of a 10 percent threshold on change orders that he and others could approve to a fixed number. He proposed that threshold be $84,100, which is also the threshold for approval in the college’s general fund.

If a change order were to exceed the proposed threshold, it would still have to go before the board for approval. Likewise if several change orders are combined into one and exceed the threshold.

Board Vice President A. Marie Young requested that the $84,100 or whatever threshold the board agrees on be included in the printed document upon which the board would vote.

Trustee Denis Honeychurch said he wasn’t quite sold on the shift.

“I’m still not sure this is something the board should do,” he said, while noting that he remains open-minded about the shift.

The policy shift was listed on the agenda under Information/Action items, and no formal board action was required.

Board President Pam Keith said the discussion would continue and the board will take action at the Feb. 19 meeting.

In other action, the board unanimously approved an agreement to allow certain items to be renegotiated with Stationary Engineers Local 39. The college district and the union had previously reached a tentative agreement that includes a 1-percent salary increase for the 2013-14 school year, retroactive to July 2013.

The board also unanimously approved a lease agreement to move the college’s automotive program to Vallejo. The $748,696 lease agreement with nonprofit landlord Evergreen Cemetery Association grants the college a 16,144-square-foot space that allows the college to move the automotive program from Armijo High to its own space.

The three-year agreement for the building at 1301 Georgia St. can be extended another two years.

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  • General Fadi BasemJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    The College Bored has made a wise decision for a change. Some of their past decisions have been real financial stinkers. Like when they decided to pay the President waaaaaaaaay too much, then they give him an allowance for a car? He can't afford a car payment on his excessive salary?? What's next, a hooker allowance? But I digress...Now this President wants the Bored to allow him and "certain key staff" to pick our pockets, one project at a time. The Bored said "not right now, maybe next month". What they should have said was "NO FREEKIN WAY!!". This idea to allow the President or "certain key staff" to unilaterally inflate construction contracts is something that smells so bad that it should not only be rejected in no uncertain terms, it shoud also lead the Bored to question the continued employment of a President who would make such a suggestion.

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