— By SALLY SEXTON
After a successful celebration of the Don Allen Health Science Building and the conclusion of the Weatherford College capital campaign, WC trustees met Thursday afternoon to talk business.
Board president Frank Martin kicked off the meeting with what he called a “somber announcement,” noting that Place 5 trustee Trey Cobb has tendered his resignation after serving for more than four years.
“This has been rewarding,” Cobb said. “I have gained a new appreciation for Weatherford College after serving my time here on the board.”
The board will appoint a replacement trustee who will serve out the Place 5 term until May 2015.
Trustees heard an updated report from Johnson Controls on the irrigation system around the main campus.
“If you haven’t noticed, there are no more trenches, everything is filled in,” representative Jim Swan said. “The second well [near the softball field] is drilled and cased.”
Swan said that workers would be coming in this week for clean up the area.
Trustees also heard a proposal by Doss Heritage and Culture Center executive director Heather Castagna. Under the proposal, Weatherford College and the Doss Center would exchange property leased to the Doss on the south side for a larger section of land west of the Doss Center for a Log Cabin Village.
WC and the Doss Center are currently about five years into a 99-year lease agreement, and approval of the exchange would require an addendum to the lease agreement.
“We have one cabin already deeded, which was built by William Barnett,” Castagna said. “We are also in talks with the city of possibly relocating the Holland Lake cabins as well.”
Castagna said the Log Cabin Village would provide several benefits to the college as well as the Doss, with several educational opportunities for students and a chance to showcase yet another piece of Parker County history.
The board also:
• Heard WC president Kevin Eaton’s recognitions to Brent Baker for his leadership with the capital campaign, Carol Eppright for her personal donations to the campaign, Donnie Purvis and Michael Endy, for their appointments to the Texas Association of Financial Aid Administrators and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Advisory Committee, and the WC business office for its efforts in helping an employee’s family raise funds after the flooding in Colorado.
• Awarded bids to C.D. Hartnett Foodservice, Ben E. Keith, Sysco USA and Oak Farms Dairy for food service products and supplies.
• Heard the progress of the Strategic Plan and Facilities Plan, presented by Eaton, as well as facility upgrades from recent years and new projects to consider for the future.