Several comments in CESS were made again about the maintenance of our facilities, an issue not as evident in the last CESS survey. We made maintenance a high priority after the prior survey 6 years ago. Our facilities continue to age in spite of the millions of dollars we pour into maintenance and renovations and it has been a challenge to hire staff in this hot economic environment with its attendant labor shortage. So, in order to try to further address this important concern we are seriously considering a restructuring of our maintenance crews.
A plan is being drawn up to restructure how we maintain our buildings day to day and we will update you soon on that plan. It will be important for us to know how any new arrangement is working when it is instituted, so your feedback will be critical at that time. We also need time to work through the plan with maintenance staff, so it won’t happen as quickly as we might like but it will happen fairly soon. It has been a challenge for our existing maintenance staff to keep up given staffing shortages but we also should be filling two positions shortly. Nevertheless the prospect of finding good maintenance staff in this economy isn’t likely to improve any time soon, so we are hopeful that a restructuring will help. Staff on our day shifts aren’t likely to be impacted directly except to get more help.
Also in this category is the need to repair some roofs and other structures around campus. Funds will be in the major maintenance budget as ofJanuary 1 when the County passes its budget. Unfortunately the County is on a different fiscal year than we are. Some projects slated for this year, assuming we deftly manage the enrollment/revenue shortfall, are as follows:
>New flooring and paint in the main area of the LRC
>Masonry repair of walls and walkways in several locations
>Flooring in the atrium of AT
>Repair men’s locker room floor
>Replacing the green bollard lights outside Titchner where the entrance architectural feature was recently repainted
>New music rehearsal space
>New photography lab in Calice
>Patching of roofs next spring (when County matching funding is available) Note: we always investigate leaks when we have them but it can be a very involved investigatory process and sometimes we just cannot find the source of the leak. The
actual roof breach is rarely right above where a ceiling may be leaking. Wind also plays a role in some leaks and wind is constantly changing, so one storm may bring a leak while the next one may not.
There are several more projects on our list, the above is just a critical sampling. We will also be adjusting the reporting procedure for issues you run across in your day-to-day activities across campus. It isn’t unusual for us to learn about an issue that has been ongoing for a while but no one ever reported it.
Thank you again and please look for another update next week regarding CESS feedback.
Kevin E Drumm, PhD
SUNY Broome Community College