May 10, 2011 (El Cajon) – As construction funded by a 2002 bond measure nears an end, East County applicants are being sought for four upcoming vacancies on the citizens’ committee responsible for ensuring that money from the $207 million bond for projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is spent as promised.
The 11-member committee represents a wide range of the community. The four seats to be filled are: a representative from a business organization; a representative from a taxpayers association; a Cuyamaca College Foundation representative; and a representative from the San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council. Members of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee must live within the East County borders of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
The deadline for applying is June 3. Applications are available by going online at http://cboc.gafcon.net/default.aspx and clicking on “Nomination Form” or by calling the bond oversight committee office at (619) 644-7762.
Those selected will serve a two-year term. The committee is charged with ensuring that revenues from Proposition R, the bond approved by East County voters in 2002, are spent as promised. The committee also issues a report on the district’s compliance with legal requirements.
The vacancies on the committee occurred because four members have completed serving their two-year terms. They are: Sharon Bullard, business organization; George Hawkins, taxpayers association; Ken McCormack, Cuyamaca College Foundation; and Joe Powell, San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council.
“This committee has played an invaluable role by serving as the eyes and ears of the community during construction of the projects that have transformed the Grossmont and Cuyamaca campuses,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
The last of the 14 bond projects under construction is the renovation and expansion of the Grossmont College Griffin Center and Student and Administrative Services Center, scheduled to be completed late this year.
Other major projects built using the bond money and matching state funds include a $35 million Health & Sciences building at Grossmont; a $28.2 million Business & Technology building at Cuyamaca; a $20 million parking garage at Grossmont; a $44.6 million Communications Arts Center at Cuyamaca, and a $20.5 million Student Center at Cuyamaca.
For the past eight years, the district has consistently received clean audits of its spending on the construction work.
“We want the residents of East County to be sure that their tax money is being spent properly,” said Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District governing board.
The oversight committee meets quarterly and its meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 11 at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.
For more information about the colleges and the district, go to www.gcccd.edu.