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HCC seeks funding for land, expenses

November 02, 1999

By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

Photo by RICHARD T. MEAGHER / Staff Photographer




The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees wants about $715,000 to pay for land, fund increased operating expenses and renovate two buildings on campus over the next four budget years.

The requests were made to the Washington County Commissioners at HCC during a Tuesday joint meeting, which included a tour of a new $7 million, 58,000-square-foot Learning Resource Center.

The three-floor center, which includes a 12,000-square-foot library, is to open next spring.

The County Commissioners took no action on the requests. They were asked to:

* Share the $90,000 cost of buying a nine-acre property owned by Louise Beachley. The land is between houses on Robinwood Drive and 116 acres adjacent to HCC that the school bought earlier this year from Jack Young. The college bought Young's property for $1.4 million with a loan from the county.

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While there is an agreement to buy the Beachley property no contract has been signed, said Trustee Merle Elliott, president of the Washington County Industrial Foundation, known as CHIEF.

* Increase by 4 percent, or $170,000, the county appropriation to the college for operating expenses for fiscal year 2001, which begins in July. The increase would pay for raises and other inflationary changes, College President Norman Shea said.

* Temporarily increase from $500,000 to $750,000 county money for capital projects in fiscal years 2003 and 2004. Board members said they wanted to give the County Commissioners advance notice of the request.

The extra money would help pay for the $2.1 million cost of renovating the academic building and $4.32 million for renovating the career programs building. The state is to pay 62.9 percent of the cost of the two projects.

Commissioner William J. Wivell asked if there would be savings if the college shared some of its administrative work with the county.

Board Chairman William Reuter said there would probably be some savings and offered to have the college explore the idea.

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