Moraine buys new 4x4

And 150 computers

By Kimberly A. Thielen

The Moraine Valley Community College board of trustees voted earlier this month to approve purchasing a new four-wheel drive SUV for its police department.

The college will buy the 2013 Ford SUV from Morrows Brothers Ford for $28,945. The vehicle will replace a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria with more than 114,000 miles that college officials claim has outlived its useful life and is no longer cost effective to repair and maintain. The Crown Victoria will be used as a trade in for the new vehicle purchase.

The police department requested the new vehicle citing an increase in enrollment over the past few years, and the addition of new parking lots. The SUV’s four-wheel drive capabilities will enable it to haul equipment around the main campus and satellite campuses, and be driven in inclement weather, according to college officials.

The board of trustees has also approved the purchase of 150 new Dell computers as a part of the college’s effort to provide current technology. Proposals were received from Dell, HP and Lenovo, with Dell having the lowest bid.

Moraine Valley has been able to adopt a very cost-effective “cascade” method for the computer replacement, officials said. The old computers being replaced will be relocated to public areas on campus where students don’t necessarily need the most technologically advanced computers.

Of the new computers, 110 will be used in buildings A, B, D, F and L; 29 will be used to upgrade existing faculty and employees within Student Development, primarily in building S; 10 will be used by new full time faculty members; and one will go to the new administrative assistant in the executive office.

The computers to be relocated are approximately seven years old, while those to be disposed of are more than 10 years old.