Reprinted here in its entirety.
During the work session prior to the December 20 meeting of the
Jacksonville City Council, the council heard from Dr. William Meehan, president
of Jacksonville State University, regarding the university’s current capital
The campaign is now about five years old and 79 percent of the current goal
has been met. Following the campaign surpassing its initial goal of $17.5
million in April 2006, the goal was raised to $25 million.
JSU is asking $100,000 from the city, to be spread over a five-year period.
The campaign will not end until December 2008, and they requested the city begin
donations prior to that date.
The funds will be used for capital improvements to include new academic
buildings and sidewalks in the hopes of turning the campus into a more
“We’re anticipating by that time, many years before that, our goal of 10,000
students, which we actually hope to achieve by 2010,” said Meehan.
The university’s ultimate goal, exemplified in its Master Plan for 2025 is
take all interior parking on campus and turn it into green spaces or buildings,
putting the parking on the fringes of campus and requiring students either use a
public transportation system or walk to get to class.
“I think you are aware that we have talked about a transportation system. I
know you are aware because you helped us achieve a grant from the federal
government for approximately $2 million to kick that off,” Meehan said to the
council. “We have the support of the students now. The SGA has ordered that
transportation plan. So I would imagine between 2008 and 2009 we would see that
implemented on campus.”
Mayor Johnny Smith put forth the idea during the work session that mutually
beneficial projects, such as sidewalks and tennis courts be built with any funds
given by the city.
The council is planning a finance committee meeting on January 10 at 2 p.m.
to discuss the matter.
In the council meeting, the council:
• Approved bid specifications for skateboard park equipment. Bids are due in
by 10 a.m. January 24. Every item requested by the skateboarders in a meeting
held December 3 was sent out for bids.
• Awarded bids for items needed to complete the 12-inch pipe extension from
Ann Street to the Big Springs pumping station on Spring Avenue to Vellano
Brothers, Inc. for the purchase of six-inch pipe at $4.42 per linear foot,
Empire Pipe & Supply for the purchase of 12-inch ductile iron pipe at $17.25
per linear foot and Jim House & Associates, Inc. for eight-inch and 10-inch
altitude valves in the amount of $5,094 and $10,247 respectively.
• Awarded a service contract to Vann Walker Construction Company not to
exceed $45,000 for their assistance installing the 12-inch pipe extension.
• Awarded the bid for 2008 street improvements project to McCartney
Construction Company, Inc. for $63.19 per ton.
The next council meeting will be January 14 at 7 p.m.
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