In the continuing search for a new campus location, Clatsop Community College President Greg Hamann met this month with state agency representatives to discuss the Warrenton site - a piece of property owned by Henry Willener.
The group agreed that there are two potential issues with the site: the substantial amount of wetlands and its location in a tsunami hazard zone. Public buildings in tsunami zones cannot exceed 30,000 square feet, although Hamann said that rule can be challenged.
"I think that meeting has renewed conversations in Astoria to make sure we have reviewed all the sites in the city," Hamann said in an update to the board during its regular meeting Thursday.
Also during the meeting, Hamann pointed out Oregon ballot measures that could potentially impact CCC.
Measure 34, the Tillamook 50/50 plan, which requires balancing timber production and resource conservation in Tillamook and Clatsop state forests, could greatly impact the college's cash flow, he said.
This year state foresters told the college to budget for $650,000 to $850,000 in timber revenues. CCC actually received just over $1 million.
Part of that money is used to supplement the college's operational budget, while the rest goes into capital projects.
For example, timber revenues were used to create American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible bathrooms in the library, install automatic doors in three buildings, improve ventilation and create a fully-accessible nursing program.
The capital projects are part of the five-year campus improvement plan, an agreement created in 2003 with the college's accrediting agency, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, to improve facilities and access.
"None of those things would have been done (without timber revenues)," Hamann said. "If the funds were jeopardized it would create a difficult challenge."
The board elected not to take a stand on the forest plan, although chairwoman Marilyn Lane was concerned.
"We live in one of the two counties that will be mostly impacted," she said. "Other counties might not see the critical nature of it."
Measure 38, which abolishes the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) and distributes the surplus, could also impact the college. SAIF is the fund through which CCC provides workers' compensation insurance.
Also during the meeting, the board learned that a re-evaluation of the use of the Rochester Trust, which the college received in 1980 from meteorologist Thomas Rochester, is nearly complete.
The trust was originally intended to start a meteorology department at the college. When the college decided that was not sustainable, the money was directed toward nursing, science and math scholarships and used to support science programs at the college.
Pat Keefe, a physics instructor, suggested the college take a closer look at how that money was being used and if it was in line with the spirit of the trust.
After a review and meetings with the Rochester family, the college has agreed to use the trust to support meteorology classes and meteorology components of other classes - for example, maritime navigation - and to support scholarships for CCC students.
The trust, which was $140,000 when the college received it, has now grown to $675,000.
In other news, the college board:
Ratified the faculty collective bargaining agreement.
Approved financing of a new management information system. The current system has been in place since 1994.
"It's the way we do business and keep track of information and it's how we provide external documents," Deputy Clerk Lindi Overton said. "It's critical."