At Thursday’s Board of Trustees Meeting, ECU Officials discussed updates on Mendenhall, Wright Plaza, parking and campus safety.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations Bill Bagnell provided updates on ECU’s construction projects including Wright Plaza and Mendenhall. ECU currently on has $18,500,000 for the Mendenhall project which is why the project is on hold, he said.

“We had a comprehensive renovation that was planned (for Mendenhall). We put that project on hold as we went through program design. What was identified was beyond the maintenance needs in that building is about 30 million dollar need for the project,” Bagnell said.

The ECU Innovations Hub was originally supposed to be in Building 43, the warehouse across from Sci-Tech, but the funding was $11,000,000 in need. This project has been moved to the Wright Building. It would be a $5 million dollar project which has to be sent to the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors (BOG).

The ECU Innovations Hub needs the BOG approval because the location and cost of the project changed, Bagnell said.

Bagnell said the final decision for the space which was the former Dowdy Bookstore Location in Wright Plaza has to be made by the UNC BOG.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety & Auxiliary Services, Bill Koch discussed ECU parking at Thursdays BOT meeting. He said that ECU Parking was a business and had no state funding.

80% of the parking fees ECU issues go to the State Department of Public Instruction which is about $400,000-$500,000 ECU loses from fine revenue, Koch said. ECU parking obtains its revenue from selling parking permits and hourly guest, visitor and event parking, he said.

“Parking is a typical auxiliary. It has to be self-supporting, we have to make our own payroll,” Koch said. “We’re a state business so we receive no state funding or tuition dollars.”

ECU has 12,605 parking spaces, Koch said. Only 9,983 have permits available for students, faculty and staff, he said. The rest of the spaces are for service vehicles, patients and visitor parking, he said.

ECU Parking and Transportation uses a zone system which means parking spots cost more due to convenience. It costs more to park on core campus. Many commuter students park and ride at Minges and pay the lowest parking fee, he said.

Jon Barnwell discussed safety at Thursday's BOT meeting. He said the ECU Police Department (PD) work on education programs such as crosswalk safety, Fake ID enforcement and run, hide, fight over the summer. ECU PD was able to make a video about run, hide, fight over the summer.

“So those (run, hide, fight videos) are intentionally kept to a short time to ensure we keep the attention of the viewer. As always, we have longer videos and training sessions involving run, hide and fight but we felt it was varitive to begin catching some small messages that catch a crowd,” Barnwell said.

ECU PD has Tactical training every year such as ALEERT and active shooter training, Barnwell said. Stop the Bleeding training also occurs to prevent victims from bleeding out using turner kits in the event of a shooting. He said that studies showed 68% of the victims that died at the Las Vegas shooting died from bleeding to death.

ECU PD has a staffing post at TowneBank tower for football games, Barnwell said. The post includes police, fire, EMS, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Athletics and Facilities he said.

three staffing levels for football games, Barnwell said. Tier one is a non-conference game that doesn’t generate a lot of community uproar. Tier two is a normal conference football game with large crowds. Tier three staffing level is maximum staffing which occurs whenever a state rivalry is playing and there will be a large crowd such at UNC and NC State games.

“Allowing staffing levels on absolute need is the most efficient and fiscally responsible. So we have staffing levels tier one, tier two and tier three from a public safety vantage point,” Barnwell said.

Allied Security robots which will be implemented this month to mid-October to police the parking deck and around the student center, Barnwell said. Nightscope is the company that would be providing the allied security on ECU’s campus, he said.

These robots will be able to read license plates and send the information to Parking and Transportation to send some to ticket the vehicles if they don’t have a parking permit, Barnwell said.

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The fact that ECU is deploying mobile security robots is alarming. The Campus Security and Fire Safety Report shows that the number of incidents that even require police intervention is incredibly small. This seems like another way for ECU Parking to ramp up it's income. I'd like to see a full article on this.

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