Storm damages college beef barn

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The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees in its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18 heard about wind damages to the beef barn at the college farm five miles west of the Emmetsburg campus.

Executive Director of Facilities Management Delaine Hiney said the eastern 150 feet of the building were damaged by the recent storm that tore through Palo Alto County. Hiney said repairs will cost an estimated $296,112. The event came just before calving season, which presents an additional problem, and Hiney said a separate issue is replacement of the building’s interior curtain.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Soper said the building is fully insured.

In other business, Board President Jan Lund announced committee and other appointments.

In the treasurer’s report, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Soper introduced Danny Dekker of Williams and Company who issued a clean opinion for the fiscal 2021 audit. Dekker said the college received $1,716,648 from the Higher Education Relief Fund. The trustees accepted the report as presented.

The board also set a public hearing for the fiscal 2023 published budget. Soper also presented the monthly financial report and bills for board approval. The board also approved E-book fees.

In other business, Hiney said Room 102 of the Estherville campus, currently used as a photo lab, could be converted to a CNA lab. Hiney said she was also working with a contractor who is remodeling the Spirit Lake campus building for a career academy.

In other business, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations Jolene Rogers presented a 260 New Jobs Training preliminary agreement for board approval. Rogers said the agreement calls for eight new hires in a Kossuth County business.

Rogers also gave a community and business relations update and discussed a business round table the college hosted at the Algona campus Jan. 13.

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