NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The issue of using an out-of-town architect for a cafeteria at North Platte Community College generated heated debate and a 6-5 vote Wednesday night.
The vote authorized a contract with Wilkins, Hinrichs, Stober Architect to design a new cafeteria for NPCC's south campus, for a fee not to exceed 10 percent of total project costs.
The facility is expected to cost between $800,000 and $900,000, according to Ryan Purdy, area associated of administrative services for the college.
The cafeteria would have seating for 100, and would serve students taking classes at the new health complex now under construction.
Because of the closeness of the vote, College President Dr. Michael Chipps said today he planned to have more discussion with the board before proceeding with the project.
In other action, following an executive session, the board accepted an agreement with the Mid-Plains Education Association for a one-year contract with a 2.5 percent salary increase.
Chipps also reported that the McCook Community College dorms were locked down because of a possible weapons threat Wednesday evening, but it was determined to be "a misunderstanding," Chipps said.