Classified Employee Council Minutes

July 18, 2002

Present: Bonita Brooks, Brenda Feltner, Tim Haines, Geraldine Hammond, Joy Phillips, Paula Scott, Dan Starliper, Peggy Swinston-Rivera, Deneatta Williams, and Karl Wolf. Guests: Ken Harbaugh and Nancy Roesel.

Tim Haines, chair, called the meeting to order.

It was M/S/P that the June 20, 2002, minutes be approved as distributed.

Advisory Council of Classified Employees
Tim announced that ACCE would be sponsoring a video teleconference on August 1 at 1 p.m. for all classified employees of higher education. This will be broadcast live from Marshall University and will include an interactive question/answer period with the following panelists: Dr. Michael Mullen, HEPC Chancellor; Mr. Tom Jones, HEPC Chair; Mr. Jay Mahoney, TIAA-CREF Senior Consulting Officer; and Mr. Tom Susman, WV PEIA Director. Tim is trying to locate a room for Shepherdıs classified employees.

Board of Governors
Dan Starliper reported that there was no July meeting. The next meeting will be August 8 at 4 p.m. in the Cumberland Room.

Staff Development
Nancy Roesel reported that they hope to meet in August. Gail Bedwell has agreed to replace Paul Allen on this committee.

No report.

Buildings and Grounds
Ken Harbaugh reported the following:
Computer rendered pictures of the proposed Route 480 bridge were distributed and reviewed. The Dept. of Highways has agreed to extend the sidewalk from the bridge to the location of the crosswalk. It is possible that after the walkway is installed, steps may be constructed that will lead up the bank replacing the path currently being used as a short cut to the Dining Hall. Work will begin on the bridge after the first of the year.
Changes to Parking Lots A and B were discussed. Parking Lot A will become a one-way loop and will have a new entrance across from White Hall. This will be used for commuter parking only. Parking Lot B will be for staff and faculty and will be gated at each entrance, requiring a card or keypad code to enter. Plans are being developed for a new parking lot in the Westwoods area. (The following concerns regarding the gated entrances were voiced by Council members: (1) safety of students crossing the entrance way near Ikenberry; (2) major traffic backup; and (3) manner in which gate will be activated. Council members see a problem, in general, with the lack of parking spaces on the east campus. After much discussion, Council members are not necessarily opposed to the gating idea, but directed Ken and Peggy Swinston-Rivera to take our concerns back to the Buildings and Grounds/Safety Committees, respectively.)
As development plans for Westwoods progress, it is likely that the Cuckler Building will either be moved to a different location or a new building will be constructed. It will be necessary to confer with architects and other consultants to determine the best use of the space that is available for further development.

Old Business
Tim asked for input as to future Council meeting dates. It was decided to meet on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Location will be announced with each agenda. (Note: Information was received that the Administrative Council meetings have also been scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Tim will be sending out an e-mail to Council members with some other options for the Classified Council meeting day.)

Tim is still trying to confirm meeting dates with our area legislators.

New Business
Karl Wolf announced that all the materials for the annual bulk mailing that the Council does each year for the Admissions Office would arrive in July. After discussion, it was decided to set August 24 as a tentative date to conduct the bulk mailing.

The housekeeping staff voiced concern regarding the cleaning of major construction dirt in Kenamond and Gardiner Halls after the remodeling is completed. Most of the cleaning staff suffers from severe allergies. It was suggested that they should be wearing masks and eye goggles for protection from all the dust. It was also suggested that in the future provisions should be made with the contractors to clean up the majority of the construction dirt. Ken was asked to bring up these concerns at the next Buildings and Grounds meeting.

There being no further business, it was M/S/P to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda J. Feltner
Classified Employees Council Secretary

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