Senate allocates $100,000 for renovations

Laura Spieler, Staff Writer

The members of the Wayne State College Student Senate adopted a resolution Jan. 31 to allocate up to $100,000 from the Senate’s reserve fund to complete renovations of Wayne State’s tennis courts and Nature Trail.
The bill was passed in the Student Senate on a 17-5-1 vote. Blake Aspen, senator, sponsored the bill. “The Senate has not approved a resolution in the past to approve money to get it done,” Aspen said.
Aspen said the $100,000 is just part of the monies needed to complete the work.
Student Government President Adam Smith said the total project may go as high as $300,000 to $350,000. Costs above the amount allocated by the Student Senate may come from the college itself and may need to be approved by the Board of Trustees, he said.
Aspen said he is proud to have been the senator to help pass the bill and gives “a lot of credit to the other senators that were involved” in the process of getting the bill passed. He said he couldn’t have done it without their help and support along the way.
Aspen said he believes the renovations to the tennis courts and Nature Trail will have benefits across campus. Once the tennis courts are done being renovated, they will be a much nicer place for clubs and activities on campus to meet.
The renovations to the tennis courts on campus are scheduled to begin during June. The project is predicted to take about six weeks to complete. If the renovation goes as planned, the courts will be finished and open for business by fall semester.
One aspect of the tennis court renovations is the addition of new basketball hoops on the courts. Aspen said he is a big basketball fan and is excited about this upgrade. The basketball hoops being replaced and redone will make the tennis courts even more appealing. Aspen said he believes the courts will be a great resource for students and clubs and activities to utilize once the renovations have been completed.