Rep. Gordon Hintz reappointed to state Building Commission

Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, was appointed to serve a second session on the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The eight-member commission is chaired by Gov. Scott Walker.

In the commission’s first meeting of the current legislative session, the commission approved funding for security improvements to the Oshkosh Correctional Institution and to update the steam heating system at Winnebago Mental Health Institute.

The commission also approved a nearly $5,000,000 renovation of Lincoln Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. The renovation will reconfigure the building, a former elementary school, to house the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement program as well as the Children’s Learning and Care Center, which provides day care services for the children of students, staff, and faculty.

“I’m grateful to again be given the opportunity by Gov. Walker to serve on the Building Commission,” Hintz said in a statement. “As exemplified in this month’s Full Commission meeting, Oshkosh is home to several major state facilities that employ hundreds of residents from the community. I’m looking forward to again working with my colleagues on the committee preserve and improve these and other facilities around the state.”

The Building Commission was created by Wisconsin Law in 1949 to oversee the planning, improvement, major maintenance and renovation of state facilities as well as the supervision of all contracting of public debt. Its members consist of the governor, three members each from the State Senate and Assembly, and a citizen member appointed by the governor. Hintz is the only Assembly Democrat to serve on the Building Commission for the 2013-15 legislative session.

About Jessie Opoien

Jessie Opoien joined the Oshkosh Northwestern as a reporter in December 2011. Politics and education issues are her specialties, but she loves to tell a good story regardless of the topic. You can find her on Twitter as @jessieopie.
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