28 September 2004
Present: Huckins, Fahey, Landry, McCool, Hines, Driscoll, Mathis, Hage, Crangle, Sparks, Moore. Excused: Staples, Thurston, Bernier.
Richard Sparks will chair the meeting until elections, which were again delayed because several members were absent. Dan Moore assumed Roger Tinnell’s spot on the FBRC, and therefore filled one of the faculty vacancies on this committee. One vacancy remains on both committees.
The FBRC has not yet met, so they had no report.
Bill Crangle reviewed the Cogeneration Operation – We can perhaps use “jacket water” off the existing engines to heat the planned new residence halls, but beyond that we will need a new source of power. Ellen Shippee attended to help explain current and future cogen and energy issues.
Barbara Fahey presented the oil forecast for 2005, which will become a frequent topic of discussion for this committee. A new Irving contract for #2 oil has just been signed at $1.27 per gallon. A contract with Global for #6 is in process at $39.77 per barrel.
Ellen wondered if the CBC might recommend to campus a list of things to consider in terms of saving electricity. Bill suggested a document co-signed by the chairs of the CBC and Environmental Committee that outlines ways to save energy as part of the “green” year theme.
Benefits are projected to cost 43% of salary by FY07. A USNH cost containment group is working on this issue. Bill will bring that information to this group at a future meeting.
The BOT asked the state for an additional $100K for deferred maintenance. Bill offered three budget scenarios for state appropriations; +3%, flat, and -3%. Even with a +3% appropriation we’d still have a $900K shortfall in FY07. The -3% model would leave us $2.2 million short. Note that these models do assume the usual pay increases, deferred maintenance amounts, benefits increases, etc., any of which could fall victim to a shortfall.
Discussion on the town payment was deferred until the next meeting on Tuesday, October 12 at 8am in the HUB Student Senate Room.