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NCSD Board members Dave Applegate (chair), Rita Walsh, Pat Keefe, Kevin Christopherson, and Paula Reid comprise the Board Construction Steering Committee. On Friday, September 6 and Friday, September 13 the committee met to discuss construction issues throughout the District – focusing on concerns surrounding the temporary parking lot at Kelly Walsh High School.
The Board Construction Steering Committee’s purpose is to oversee and direct the District’s capital maintenance program and construction projects within the Board’s interests. The Committee will provide regular updates to the Board of Trustees.
September 6 Meeting
On Friday, September 6, Dave Applegate, Kevin Christopherson, Pat Keefe, Paula Reid, and Rita Walsh met for their regularly scheduled committee meeting. Superintendent Steve Hopkins, Executive Director of Business Services Dennis Bay, and Chief Public Relations Officer Kelly Eastes also attended the meeting. Communications Specialist Allen Bruggman was present to report on the meeting.
The committee discussed alternate/additional access points to the temporary parking lot on the Kelly Walsh High School campus. It was noted that the District has explored five potential alternatives to the S. Forest Dr. entrance/exit. They are as follows:
The committee discussed pros and cons of each option and planned to receive cost estimates from the KWHS civil engineers the week of September 9-13. A special Construction Steering Committee meeting was called for Friday, October 13 where committee members will direct staff on the preferred option.
Following discussion on the KWHS parking lot options, Superintendent Steve Hopkins presented the committee a preliminary timeline on the Bond Issue. Among the first items on that list is the formation of a citizen-led task force. The committee made a list of community members that potentially could be invited to comprise that task force.
Committee members then reviewed and discussed potential projects that could comprise the bond issue.
September 13 Meeting
On Friday, September 13, Kevin Christopherson, Pat Keefe, Paula Reid, and Rita Walsh met for a special committee meeting. Superintendent Steve Hopkins, Executive Director of Business Services Dennis Bay, and Chief Public Relations Officer Kelly Eastes also attended the meeting. Communications Specialist Allen Bruggman was present to report on the meeting.
Trustees planned to give a recommendation to staff on which option to pursue regarding the temporary parking lot situation at Kelly Walsh High School. Superintendent Steve Hopkins began the meeting by briefing the members about the neighborhood meeting he and KWHS Principal Brad Diller hosted on Wednesday, September 11. Hopkins shared the neighbors concerns regarding safety, drainage/flooding, and privacy. The Board members echoed these concerns during the meeting.
Hopkins also shared printed copies of an email from Thad Lienemann, Sampson Construction’s Regional Manager. In the correspondence Lienemann shared concerns regarding the potential usage of the existing 12th Street exit for access to the temporary parking lot. Safety was outlined as the main concern because of the mixture of student and construction traffic. Also, Lienemann pointed out that the view is restricted at that exit point because of construction fencing, making it a safety hazard for vehicles attempting to turn either way on 12th Street. The option also eliminates staging space for construction materials and would require extra quantities of dirt – making it a much more expensive option. After discussing these concerns the trustees agreed these were safety concerns that could not be overcome and removed the 12th Street access point from the list of options.
Through discussion the following options were also eliminated:
|Utilize road behind football stadium grandstand and connect it to parking lot||Cost prohibitive; would cause traffic congestion on Walsh Drive|
|Create a new road from existing Walsh Drive parking lot and follow the north side of the football stadium to connect to parking lot||Involves demolition of permanent structure; would cause traffic congestion on Walsh Drive|
|Connect a new road from E. 8th St. into parking lot||Involves property acquisition; cost prohibitive; would transfer one neighborhood issue into another neighborhood|
As a result of these discussions, trustees turned their attention to the construction of a new road west of the practice/soccer fields. Preliminary discussions about the road call for it to be a standard, 24-foot, paved, 2-way road. This option is safe, will have erosion mitigation and drainage built in, and will feature fencing on either side for privacy. The existing walking path near the fields will also remain. The extra access point will also allow emergency vehicles an additional entrance/exit – enhancing safety.
The trustees reached a consensus on this option and recommended that staff proceed with the steps needed to start construction as soon as possible.