January 14-15, 1951
Volume 6 - Pages 287-289
JOINT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS
AND THE STATE PLANNING BOARD
January 14, 1951
This joint meeting of the Board of Regents and the State Planning
Board was held in the office of the President at the University
of Nevada, at 9 A.M. on the above date, the joint session having
been requested by the Board of Regents. The meeting was called
to order by the Chairman of the Board of Regents, Mr. Silas Ross.
Board of Regents Present:
Mr. Silas Ross
Mr. Newton Crumley
Mr. Louis Lombardi
Mr. Sam Arentz
Mr. Roy Hardy
State Planning Board Present:
Mr. A. C. Grant, Vice Chairman
Mr. A. J. Caton
Mr. F. M. Young
Mr. John W. Scott
Mr. A. M. Smith
Mr. Ray Jefferson
Mr. I. J. Sandorf
Mr. A. M. Mackenzie, Secretary
Hon. Charles H. Russell, Governor
Mr. W. T. Holcomb, Chairman
Mr. J. H. Buehler
Mr. M. E. Lundberg
Mr. Silas Ross, Chairman of the Board of Regents, opened the
meeting and welcomed the Planning Board, and then asked President
Love to outline the reason for calling this joint session.
President Love stated that he was glad that a full new Board of
Regents was present to meet in joint session with the members of
the State Planning Board, and expressed his desire to work with
both Boards. He stated that he and Mr. Mackenzie, Secretary of
the State Planning Board, had worked together in planning the
most vital needs for construction at the University for period
1951-57. He then read, in detail, proposed construction as list-
ed in the 6-Year Plan of the Planning Board's new release and
stated that he hoped this construction could be accomplished as
programmed and planned.
He then discussed the University Heating Plant and the several
plans considered for adoption, stating that the Board of Regents
wanted the Planning Board's approval and advice on any consider-
Mr. Grant stated that the Planning Board had purposely left the
request for a central heating plant off the priority list because
they had been assured by the University officials a short time
ago that no emergency existed. Mr. Grant then went into a full
explanation and covered the history of the proposed central heat-
ing plant from the time Headman-Ferguson and Carollo, Engineers
from Phoenix, Arizona, designed the first plant, using walk-in
and crawl-in tunnels, and the plans of Blanchard, Mahler & Lock-
hard, using prefabricated pipe, to the time firm bids were called
for on both types. A low bid of $378,000 received by Erbentraut
and Summers on the prefabricated pipe type, was rejected in that
only $318,000 was available to construct a modern, complete
central heating plant.
President Love then explained what had been accomplished with the
$50,000 set up under Chapter 301, Statutes of Nevada 1949. He
presented a statement which showed the $50,000 was expended to
the cent, and listed expenditures as follows:
1. New Gym, Heating and Ventilation $11,737.48
2. Mackay Science, Ventilating 1,148.76
3. New Engineering Building, Ventilating
and Boiler 5,953.60
4. New Gym and Hatch Station Boilers 23,916.57
5. Main Heating Plant 6,180.44
6. Dining Hall and Women's Dormitory 1,063.15
He stated that over $35,000 was expended for ventilating and
boilers in the new Gym and Hatch Station, and that only $5,953.60
had been expended in the new Engineering building.
Mr. Mackenzie interrupted to ask if this wasn't out of line ac-
cording to the Act, and Mr. Sam Arentz said it was. The Act
states that $20,000 should be expended for the purpose of the
new boiler installation and any amount remaining should be re-
turned to the post war fund as of January 1951 (1st Monday).
(If Mr. W. T. Mathews' opinion had been followed $14,046.40
would have been returned on January 1st.)
It was also brought out under discussion with Mr. Arentz that
a new boiler was not needed in the Engineering building. Ques-
tioned as to why it was purchased if not needed, Mr. Arentz re-
plied that it was mandatory under the Act, and that the boiler,
purchased 5 or 6 months ago, is sitting in the corridor of the
Engineering building for lack of a better place to put it.
Mr. Grant then questioned the use to be made of a new boiler on
skids near the present central plant, and was informed than it
would be used to replace a boiler in the central plant, when the
heat is shut off next Summer.
Mr. Grant then criticized the employment of Mr. Charles Thompson
as engineer, and stated that he was not a licensed engineer, or a
licensed contractor, and that in addition to the $6000 promised
him as fees on a $50,000 job, he would be entitled to a suppli-
Mr. Arentz then read a letter from Colonel Parker, written at the
time he was Acting President of the University, in substance
stating that he had contacts with Mr. Jeff Springmeyer, Mr. Ralph
Lattin and Mr. Thompson about letting this job; that he had a
long session with Mr. Thompson and while he realized Mr. Thompson
was not competent to handle a job of any size that he would go
along in this instance in that they were more or less obligated,
but would not approve anything further. Colonel Parker said Mr.
Thompson was hard to get along with and had fought with Univer-
sity officials, contractors, architects and the State Planning
Discussion brought out the fact that there had been deviation
from the Statute in an attempt to get the most benefit possible
from an Act that was not of the University's making and that the
Regents were not pleased at having the responsibility for the
Act dropped in their lap by someone who did not know the needs
or conditions at the University.
(Mr. Charles Thompson, acting as Consultant to the Legislative
Counsel is credited with writing the Act.)
Mr. Arentz, who is a Regent's Committee of One on the Heating
Plant, stated that he and his engineers at the mine all insist
that a central heating plant is the only answer to the problem
at the University; however, they hoped that by purchasing a few
more package units for the outlying buildings they might be able
to get by for several more years, possibly as much as 10.
After more discussion both Boards agreed that a competent heating
engineer should be employed to suggest the most suitable type of
system and to outline proper procedure to be followed. Mr.
Mackenzie stated that possibly we could get advance planning
funds from Housing and Home Finance Agency for such a study.
Mr. Grant suggested that Mr. Mackenzie get in touch with Mr.
Wright Felt as soon as possible and request funds for this
Mr. Crumley stated that Regent Lombardi and President Love visit-
ed Elko last week and met with the Elko Legislative delegation,
at which time he was first told of the $50,000 deal. He said he
would like to see the two Boards cooperate and have a united
front before the Legislature.
It was brought out that President Love had been delegated by the
Board of Regents to represent them before the Legislature, and
that Mr. Grant had been delegated by the Planning Board for the
same purpose, so it was the opinion of all concerned that Mr.
Grant and Dr. Love should work together on all legislative action
pertinent to both University and Planning Board.
Mr. A. M. Smith stated that he didn't think he could look for
much in the way of appropriations for new construction from the
next Legislature due to the war effort.
A motion was made by Mr. Young and seconded by Mr. Jefferson,
that, since both Boards were in full agreement, the Planning
Board go on record showing their desire to cooperate and advise
the Board of Regents in their construction problems. Motion
The Regents, in another motion, which also carried unanimously,
accepted the offer of the Planning Board to cooperate and promis-
ed the full support of the Board of Regents in this respect.
Chairman Ross invited the members of the Planning Board to join
the Regents at lunch in the University Dining Room.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:30
A. M. Mackenzie, Secretary
State Planning Board