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CLC and Waukegan approve agreement for safety and maintenance of downtown

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 22, 2016


The College of Lake County Board of Trustees approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Waukegan at the CLC board’s Dec. 20 meeting. The agreement authorizes the college to provide improved police protection, maintenance and landscaping services for the city’s Madison Street Mall and alley properties located within the college’s Lakeshore Campus boundaries. The college and city will work together to plan and coordinate major activities or improvements to the area and share insurance coverage costs. The agreement will be revisited every five years.

“This agreement solidifies the college’s commitment to downtown Waukegan and is an example of how the college and city are working together to ensure a welcoming learning environment for our students while also enhancing the downtown area,” said Board Chair Dr. William M. Griffin.

CLC has made numerous safety and aesthetic improvements to the Lakeshore Campus in recent months. The projects include signage, streetscape beautification and security enhancements to the college-owned parking garage on Sheridan Road. The CLC Police now have a presence in a remodeled storefront at 128 Madison St. The Madison Street Mall between two CLC buildings on Genesee Street received landscaping renovations and increased lighting to improve safety and visibility.

President Jerry Weber remarked that the cooperation between the city and the college enabled CLC to quickly make changes. “I want to thank City of Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley and his leadership team for their excellent cooperation in supporting the College’s Lakeshore Campus improvements.”

On a related matter, detailed design work to complete final architectural plans on a new $48 million building to expand the Lakeshore Campus, an Illinois Capital Development Board-funded project, has recently been restarted after a year and a half delay in order to position the project for the release of funds from the State of Illinois Capital Development Board. The project includes 53,090 square feet of new construction and 19,704 square feet of renovated areas along Genesee and Madison streets.

Financial update

As of Nov. 30, the college has received one payment of $3,370,454 for the credit hour grant from the Illinois Community College Board for this fiscal year, which is 52 percent of budgeted revenue. The payment reflects 100 percent of the credit hour grant funds appropriated in the state’s 2017 stop-gap budget. The state has not yet passed a budget for the second half of FY 2017.

Also under financials, the trustees approved annual insurance program premiums for calendar year 2017 from R.J. Galla Company, Inc. The premiums primarily include property, liability, accident and workers’ compensation. The coverage cost will go from $695,116 in 2016 to $708,369 in 2017, a 1.9 percent increase.

Disposal of property

Included in the monthly report on disposal of surplus property, the purchasing and contracts department reported that the college donated 20 computer tables, a basketball scoreboard and two shot clocks to the North Chicago School District 187.

Board appoints ethics advisor

Pursuant to board policy 956, the board re-appointed Human Resources Executive Director Julia Guiney as the college’s ethics advisor. This role promotes annual employee ethics training, provides guidance to the college concerning compliance with ethics laws and internal policies, investigates reported violations, complaints and conflicts of interest and monitors an employee hotline. This role was created in response to Public Act 93-615 as amended. 


Trustees approved a revision in alcohol management policy 907 that ensures alcohol is served in accordance with all applicable laws, policies and regulations and only those over age 21 years who are drinking responsibly. An addition allows the college to deny an organization or individual the right to sell and serve alcohol at a college facility or college-sponsored event.