The Associated Students of Linfield College Senate voted March 7 to use its discretionary fund to help the college pay for lighting the pathway between campus and Albertsons. The ASLC Cabinet will also put its money into the project, bringing the total to $3,000 from ASLC.
The project will cost about $25,000, Glenn Ford, vice president for finance and administration, CFO, said. Senate will put up the remaining $692 of its $750 discretionary fund, and Cabinet will supply the remaining balance. The other $22,000 will come from Linfield’s capital reserve fund, Ford said.
“It’s nice to be able to work together to solve problems and to be able to enhance the lighting and the safety and the convenience for students,” he said.
The idea appeared on the Feb. 28 Senate meeting agenda for senator consideration, and senators agreed that the issue has been along-standing one among students. They said the unlit path is a safety concern.
ASLC President Colin Jones said that the college was willing to spend money to fix the lighting problem if the students would “put their money where their mouth is.”
On March 7, freshman Tylor Edison, club support and finance co-chair, suggested two other ideas for the fund’s use: purchasing new speakers for Ice Auditorium and revamping campus sidewalks, which flood with every rain, he said.
Edison said in an e-mail that he thought the latter was a more prominent issue than the lighting because there are other paths to get to Alberstons than the unlit one.
“The main argument for getting the lights on Monday was that since we already have a deal with facilities to pay for the lights, that we should buy them,” Edison said in an e-mail. “That should not be the reason why we buy things.”
Despite this, the Senate passed the proposal to fund the lighting with only two or three “nay” votes.
Jones said he brought the lighting issue to Ford in the fall, when it arose as a “Hot Topic” in Senate. Since then, Ford said he has been working with Dean of Students Susan Hopp and Sinn to solve the issue. He said a partnership with students on this solution is a win-win situation.
Ford said that had Senate not voted to use it’s fund on this project, then the project would have been setback, and the college would had to identify other funding channels.
Five lampposts, similar to the ones on the sidewalk to Nicholson Library, will be installed 50 feet apart on the Albertsons path, Brad Sinn, director of facilities and auxiliary services, said. He said the project’s timeline depends on when the school gets the lampposts.
“When the construction industry took a big slowdown like it did a few years ago — people don’t keep things on hand like they used to,” he said, explaining that suppliers may not have lampposts readily available.
But Sinn said installation will only take about two weeks once the lampposts arrive.
Ford said he’s hopeful that the project will be completed by the end of Spring Semester,but that it may get pushed forward into the summer.
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