By Emily Johnson
The NU Board of Regents met on Friday to pass four important approvals that will impact students’ lives within the next few years.UNO President/Regent Michael Crabb said it was a “fairly quick open meeting,” with no dissention on any of the four UNO items.
One of the biggest items on the table was whether students would still be able to park at Crossroads Mall on 72nd and Dodge Streets after the property went up for foreclosure in March by 7200 Dodge Street Holdings, LLC. The resolution passed for students to continue to park at Crossroads for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years. The new rate is set at $2,150 per day, a 28 percent decrease from the current $3,000, according to the meeting’s agenda.
“It’s a discounted rate from last year,” Crabb said. “It’s a two-year contract, and I guess it is what it is. We need that parking space.”
The board also passed three other resolutions, approving UNO’s Program and Facilities Fees’ Fund B package, fixing a higher budget for Roskens Hall’s renovations and setting room rates for Scott, Maverick and University Villages for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Crabb said the dorm rates should see the “usual” 2 to 6 percent increase this year. The resolution cites increases of 2.3 to 3.3 percent, 6.6 percent and 6.1 to 6.6 percent for Scott, Maverick and University Village rates, respectively.
“Some of that’s due to increased utility rates and some increased utility availabilities and now that we own University Village, we have tuition rates for that,” Crabb said. “I think the university will maybe do a better job of keeping it in repair. I think the rates should stay the same and they’ll be very comparable to Maverick Village.”
He said the Fund B allocations were “approved in block” by the board, as was a more than 5 percent increased budget (an additional $1,263,000) for the renovations for College of Education at Roskens Hall.
“It was mainly based on fire codes and other code issues that you face when you’re renovating a building,” Crabb said. “Sometimes it’s not always built as it should have been. If you dive into the project, there are some more things you need to do than you realized, more opportunities to make more improvements; more improvements than you anticipated you’d need to make.