By Zach Meyers
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – This winter has been very tough on the roads and walkways across the nation, including at Camden County College. The snow and subsequent salting to make sure students and staff could get to where they needed to be have damaged several walkways on campus.
The damage, however, hasn’t bothered them.
“I didn’t really think about it, to be honest,” student Connie Harris said, suggesting, “More trees would be nice.”
Student Tim Haas noticed the damage but said, “It doesn’t look good, but I won’t be here in a month, so it doesn’t matter, I guess.”
Executive Director of Public Safety Edward Carney said the damage will be repaired.
“Unless something currently is unsafe, we will wait until winter passes. The campus landscape plan goes into effect this month, so you should start seeing improvements soon. As for concrete repairs, unless it is unsafe these will take place in the summer when the campus is less crowded,” Carney said, adding students and staff should report potentially unsafe conditions to his office.
Carney assured repairing the damage won’t mean increasing the tuition.
“Renovations and improvements are part of the overall annual capital budget and have thus been budgeted for already,” he said.
He stated repairs to walkways around Taft Hall, which is undergoing renovations, may become part of that project.
“Some work around Taft Hall will be part of the Taft renovation project,” Carney said. “The final upgrades to campus around Taft and the CIM Center are part of that project, so improvements may be part of the project unless, again, it is a safety issue. Then we would make temporary fixes to protect the safety of the college community.”