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SIUC to spend $30 million on maintenance

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University Carbondale has began work on a $30 million deferred maintenance project that will include improvements to SIU campus.

The projects that will be included in the funds from this were projects that should have been completed years ago, but weren't completed because the university didn't have the money, according to Kevin Bame, SIU's vice chancellor of finance and administration.

The SIU board of trustees has recently approved the $30 million in financing for deferred maintenance which will be paid for through bonds and student tuition.

One million dollars of the funds are going toward state of the art LED light posts.

“It's all about addressing campus safety," Bame said. “We feel that we have a safe campus and this enhances it even further.”

The new light posts will offer advantages that the previous lighting arrangement could not. LED light's are brighter, 30 percent to 40 percent more energy efficient, and last eight to ten years, according to Bame.

The university previously used sodium filled bulbs that we're cheaper but only lasted on average two to three years, Bame said.

Several of the light posts at more busy intersections will include security camera's to improve safety and antenna's to improve campus wide WIFI.

SIU students say they don't mind paying for the improvements, if it improve safety.

“The only time I don't feel safe is, normally, if I have a night class," Gabrielle Smock said, a SIU Paralegal Studies student.

“It's a lot up front, but I feel like it will save a lot of money and make people feel more safe," Smock said.

“More light would definitely make me feel safe, Nicole Staples said, a Senior SIU Math Major. "Because right now that's what makes me feel safe is the brightness we already have, so if that's going to increase I'm going to feel more safe.”

“I think anything that's going to help our, help me, feel safe on campus is a good thing, Staples said. "No Matter how much the cost is.”

Other campus projects included in the $30 million include $8 million to re-purpose a section of Pulliam Hall.

Five to six million dollars will be used to conduct mechanical work in Woody Hall.

Other funding from the project will go toward improving infrastructure, including improving the campuses electrical system.

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