Regents approve new contractor to remove asbestos

by Darin Allred | May 10, 2013 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - North Central Texas College regents approved a new contractor to remove hazardous materials from a building on the Gainesville campus at their monthly meeting held on May 9.

During the March 25 meeting, the board approved Five Star Environmental, Inc., as the contractor to remove hazardous material from the 300 building at an expense of $76,604. But on April 30, Five Star notified NCTC officials that "because of unforeseen circumstances" they would be unable to execute the 300 building asbestos abatement project.

So on Thursday, regents awarded the contract to Horsley Specialties, Inc., for $90,266.

The board also approved professional fees for EIKON Consulting Group to design and monitor the repair of the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts.

At their April meeting, regents approved the selection of EIKON and asked that the company submit a fee proposal. At this month's meeting, the board approved the professional services fee of 7 percent of the total cost of construction.

Regents then approved Jack Greene Construction as the contractor to renovate the north restrooms in the ASC on the Gainesville campus at a cost of $80,710. Those restrooms were constructed in 1959 and have never been totally renovated. They are located across from the food service dining area and are heavily used by students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The board then approved the use of discretionary board reserve funds to pay for the renovation of the restrooms, the abatement contract for the 300 building and professional services for the repair of the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts.

At the April board meeting, regents gave approval to a resolution establishing the NCTC Campus Police Department. In order to comply with Federal and State legal authority, the board has to adopt a new local board policy dealing with site management and security. They had the first reading of that new board policy Thursday.

The board also approved contract renewals for faculty who were employed in January but were not included on the January renewal list. They also approved the hiring of Brandy Fausel to the position of computer training specialist.

Thursday marked the final meeting for regent Ken Coolen, whose term on the board expired and he decided not to seek re-election. Board president Bill Ledbetter presented Coolen with a plaque to honor him for his years of service at the beginning of the meeting.