Office of the Vice President

for Administration
 
Professional Advisory Council

Minutes – March 14, 2012

The meeting was convened at 2:30 p.m. by Mr. Hendricks.

PAC members present were:

Member District Member District
Mary Cleveland for Paul Pusecker 1 Mike Parisi 8
Charles Garbini 2 Monty McKee 9
Anne DeCaire 3 Alicia Greco 10
Ilka Riddle 4 Doris Miklitz 11
Gerald Hendricks 5 Suzanne Stanley 12
Glen Loller 6 Stefanie Baxter 13
Corinn Harrell 7 Nancy Smallwood 14

                                   
Others present:  Alan Brangman, Tom LaPenta, Patty Fogg, Judy Allarey  

Introductions

Mr. Hendricks welcomed two new PAC representatives: Alicia Greco for District 10 and Stefanie Baxter for District 13, and introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Alan Brangman, University Architect and Campus Planner, Facilities Planning and Construction.

Mr. Brangman joined UD in November 2010, he advises university administration on policy, specifically related to matters related to campus plans, architectural character, campus aesthetic, landscaping, wayfinding (signage), graphics, lighting, site selection, urban design, and related elements of the integrated facilities’ master plan. Before joining UD, Mr. Brangman was campus architect for Georgetown University. Mr. Brangman provided a very informative presentation regarding the current status of the redevelopment planning for the Science and Technology Campus and other ongoing projects around the campus including the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, East Campus Housing, Carpenter Sports Building Addition and Renovation project and Life Sciences Research Facility.

For complete listing of Facilities, Planning & Construction projects, visit their website at:
http://www.facilities.udel.edu/Default.aspx?pageid=154

For information on the Science and Technology Master plan, go to:
http://www.udel.edu/scitechsite/

Question and Answer

What is going to happen to Rodney and Dickinson? These building will probably be torn down. There are no definite plans for development in this location.

Is employee parking moving to the Science and Technology site? There is no immediate plan for the site other than overflow parking for football games.

Is there a plan to put a new building south of the Morris Library? The area south of the library is still designated as a building site, it remains a possibility that something can be built there.

Will there be unified architectural design for the Science and Technology Campus? There is a set of design guidelines available on the Facilities, Planning & Construction website:
http://www.facilities.udel.edu/docs/UA/guidelines.pdf

Why are the utility lines at the ISE Lab not buried? This is an issue with the City of Newark as well as a cost issue.

Minutes

Minutes of the January 11, 2012 meeting were approved as written.

Old Business

DelDOT has completed the study of the S. College Avenue/Winslow Road intersection and recommend the installation of pedestrian crosswalks on South College at two locations, north and south of the Winslow Road intersection.

Constituent Concern

Constituent would like to know if UD can hold employee shredding day.  University Archives and Records Management coordinates the destruction of University records only and does not accept personal records of University employees or students for disposal or destruction.  No public "shredding" or disposal events are sponsored by this unit at this time.  University Archives and Records Management can assist University units with their business needs for the confidential destruction of paper records and electronic storage devices such as hard drives, floppy disks, zip drives, and backup tapes.

Employees with handicaps are allowed to purchase central parking if they have a handicap hangtag. However, why are we in effect forcing our employees with handicaps to purchase the most expensive parking plan on campus in order to be close to their workplace?  Can't we offer a lower rate for central for those with handicaps?  Richard Rind, Director for Transportation and Parking said that all employees have several choices when it comes to parking; no one is ‘forced’ to buy any particular permit.  If the employee happens to work in the central part of campus and wants to park close to their workplace, then the Central permit is the best option, and also the most expensive.  However, Transportation and Parking Services offer extensive bus service (all buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and are fully ADA accessible) from the less expensive lots which may ultimately provide virtual door-to-door service depending on the proximity of their workplace to a UD shuttle stop. All Central permits will continue to be sold for the same price, which is fair to all purchasers. 

A constituent would like to request if Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would consider implementing a painted crosswalk on Amstel Avenue between Smith Hall and the gated parking lot. This would ensure the safety of those who cross the road to access gated parking lot, and those who use the overpass between Gore Hall and Smith Hall to cross South College. This concern will be shared with the Office of Government Relations.

Constituent would like to know if retired staff/faculty can be seen by the NMHC. According to Allen Prettyman, Director, Nurse Managed Health Care, they are very happy to provide care for UD retirees and their families.

A question came up on whether UD can recycle personal computers. According to IT, there is a cost associated with this (personnel, transport, disposal) so IT does not do this.   Instead, IT is encouraging employees to take a look at the recycling events in each county offered on a regular basis. (http://www.dswa.com/programs_electronic.asp).

New Business

Stefanie Baxter volunteered to the Steering Committee.

Transportation and Parking Committee Report

Currently, Parking and Transportation Services is operating at a deficit and its reserves are depleted.  Through changes in staffing levels, the number of buses on some routes and increase in parking fees, operations should break even this year.  Goal for the department is to operate at the break-even point.  Parking services pays for UD transportation services.

Pay parking rates went up on January 3, 2012

Pay by cellphone is coming in the next couple of weeks.  System will be tested at 16 meters clustered around Morris Library.

  • System uses existing meters. A sticker is attached to the meter that has a website you can go to register and pay for your parking, sort of like PayPal.
  • Meter program will notify users by phone when time is running out on their meter so they can put more time on it.
  • If successful, program will roll out to the rest of campus.

The top decks of the garages are usually empty.  Parking and Transportation Services is trying to figure out how to maximize occupancy in these structures.

Departments can get prepaid cards (vouchers) to use for guests parking, like validation.  Cards are provided at previous public rates ($.75/half-hour, $4 weekend max) which are lower than the current public rates

Parking and Transportation Services can customize parking packages for Groups/Departments/Activities at UD with advance notice.  Special passes can be generated to hand out to your guests for the event.

Surveys are planned for this Fall to capture the opinions of the parking public at UD.

Meeting Adjourned
4:15 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Allarey

Reviewed by:
Gerald Hendricks
Paul Pusecker