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College leases land for Nex-Tech Tower

Barton Community College’s board of directors on Tuesday approved leasing land to Nex-Tech for $4,800 per year ($400 per month) for five years so the company can erect a 230-foot self-supporting wireless communications tower to the east of the new Agriculture and Transport Complex this year. The tower will be placed 50 meters from the north and east borders. Dean of Administration Mark Dean said this action is contingent on zoning approval by the county and the city of Great Bend and that the contract will first be reviewed by the council’s attorney. The agreement can be extended for another five years with the approval of both parties. The council will have the opportunity to use the space on the tower if necessary.

There is already a 60-meter tower south of the campus and communications equipment has been installed on the university’s water tower.

• Trustees also approved the installation of a Salto electronic security system to replace traditional dorm locks in the residence halls. Nex-Tech previously agreed to install a test system on a number of doors selected by Housing staff. The proposal approved Tuesday was discussed during a board study session earlier this month. The estimated cost is $217,120 and the lock sets will be operational for fall occupancy.

Saltos Access Control System (software/hardware) installations are currently used by the City of Great Bend, Great Bend USD 428 and Barton County, as well as other locations in Kansas.

Staff

The trustees also approved the renewal of contracts for all administrators, management staff and head coaches. The hiring of three new employees was approved: Judith Knaple will become an instructor for the Adult Heathcare program, Marcia Williams will become a math instructor and KellyAnn Bonnell will become an instructor and coordinator of the Early, Elementary and Secondary Education program.

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