The state will contribute $110,000, and the steering committee has asked each sponsoring county to contribute an additional $55,000 - bringing the total to $220,000.
"I understand that's significantly higher than the bid, but we need that cushion in case of any overruns," Smith said. "And I will add that JMZ is a SUNY-approved firm."
Smith asked the board to pass a resolution urging each county to contribute to the overall costs.
"This does not require action by the board of trustees," Smith said. "It requires action only by the two county sponsors. But I would like the board to pass a motion endorsing this request for $55,000 from each of the counties for this purpose."
The board took Smith's advice and approved a motion to request financial help from Essex and Franklin counties.
In other business, Smith commended the college board of trustees for its visibility in recent months - specifically during the search for a new president, which concluded recently.
"I think the broader campus and the community has a better understanding of who the trustees are and the role they perform," Smith said.
Dr. Carol Brown will take over as NCCC's new president Aug. 31.