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MENDOCINO COLLEGE OFFICIALS PROVIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS FOR POINT ARENA FIELD STATION

The Mendocino-Lake Community College District officials set forth a range of options for the Point Arena Field Station in the August 6th meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The five options presented included four options brought forward by the campus ad hoc committee, comprised of faculty and staff, and one option that includes the potential use of similar coast sites in Ft. Bragg.  This ad hoc committee was charged to determine a list of options for board consideration as the result of discussions regarding the potential sale of the Point Arena Field Station, which have been ongoing since 2011.  These discussions began after an offer from the Bureau of Land Management to purchase the land at market value to be part of a National Monument and are also readily aligned with the college's very strong interest in maintaining the current educational and research opportunities offered to the students.

In a presentation made at the meeting, Vice President of Education and Student Services, Virginia Guleff, and Vice President of Administrative Services, Eileen Cichocki, shared these options as well as an overview of the timeline of the history of the Point Arena Field Station and an overview of the potential budgeting implications involved with maintaining and keeping this site.  The college administration anticipates publishing the draft timeline presented at tonight's meeting, along with all supporting documentation, on their website at mendocino.edu.

Point Arena Field Station Timeline and Supporting documentation

The five options presented at this meeting are listed below:


  1. Do not sell the Point Arena property and actively pursue partnerships with third parties.

    This option would include setting a timeline to generate the necessary funds to bring the buildings on the property up to proper standards and a plan to generate the annual funds to maintain said buildings.  In addition, this option would not include any revenue from the sale of the property and would require the college to control the use of the site in a manner that limits exposure to liabilities.

     

  2. Sell the property while maintaining the lab, all houses and the perimeter around the tide pools on the property through a reservation agreement.  A reservation agreement would allow the college to carve out the portions of the property it would retain and sell the remaining portions of the property to the Trust for Public Lands as part of the National Monument.

    This option includes all scenarios listed in option one, excluding the lack of revenue.  However, this option would include the least amount of revenue due to the reduction in property value by reserving all buildings, but would allow for continued use of the property as it is now by the college.

     

  3. Sell the property while only maintaining parts of the reservation, which would include the lab, one house and the perimeter around the tide pools on the property.

    This option also includes all scenarios listed in option one, excluding the lack of revenue.  This option provides somewhat higher net revenue due to reserving fewer buildings while also maintaining the use of the property by the college, with the exception of overnight stays.

     

  4. Sell the property while maintaining less of the reservation, including the lab and the perimeter around the tide pools on the property.

    This option also includes all scenarios listed in option one, excluding the lack of revenue. This also provides somewhat higher net revenue due to reserving only one building and also allows the use of the property by the college, with the exception of overnight stays.

     

  5. Sell the Point Arena Field Station and pursue the access of other coastal property for research.

    This option provides the highest net revenue while also nullifying the cost of repairing and maintaining buildings and the exposure to risk.  Most importantly, this option provides a mechanism to support the college’s efforts with College of the Redwoods to provide instruction on the Mendocino Coast.

Created: July 29, 2014 @ 02:04 PM
Last Modified: September 02, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

 





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