The Sauk County Board tonight will consider moving forward with a contract to construct a local college campus’ first dorm.
The board will consider a contract with Bluffstone LLC for the lease, construction, and operation of a residence hall on the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus. The project would not involve taxpayer funds.
Under the agreement, the company would incur the total cost for the construction and management of the on-campus building. It also would collect any fees from students who live at the facility.
The resolution states any potential lease agreement shall be for a term no longer than 30 years, with the possibility of a 10-year extension. It still would have to be reviewed by legal advisers for Sauk County and the City of Baraboo and then approved by the UW-BSC Campus Commission.
The resolution also says any lease must contain a clause that allows the city and county to buy out the contractor at a prearranged price based on the depreciated value of the improvements on the leasehold at any time during the lease.
The exact design of the dorm has yet to be determined. But the resolution states any design must be mutually agreeable to the city, county and the contracting firm.
On-campus living facilities were included in a master plan completed by the college several years ago as part of an effort to make the college more accessible to people from outside the community.
The city and county jointly own the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus and lease it to the UW System, which provides staff and programming.
The County Board meets this evening at 6 p.m. in the West Square Building at 505 Broadway in Baraboo. The public is invited to speak to to supervisors before they take action on resolutions and ordinances.