Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - January 7, 2004

A meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority, which was open to the public, was called to order by the Chairman, Patricia Worden, on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 7:07 PM in the John F. Cusack Board Room of the Arlington Housing Authority, located at 4 Winslow St., Arlington, MA. The Roll Call was taken and the following members of the Arlington Housing Authority were present: (Mr. Mitropoulos arrived at 7:11 PM).

Patricia Worden
John Griffin
Freeland K. Abbott
Nicholas Mitropoulos
Absent: Richard B. Murray


Also present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., Executive Director of the Arlington Housing Merceita Johnson, Alternate Section 8 Tenant Representative

The Chairman announced that the filing of the Notice with the Town Clerk has been complied with and directed a copy of this Notice be spread upon the records, a copy of which is as follows: Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 23, Chapter 39 of the Massachusetts General Laws, that a meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the John F. Cusack Board Room of the Arlington Housing Authority, 4 Winslow Street, Arlington, MA.

CERTIFICATE AS TO SERVICE OF NOTICE OF MEETING
I, Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., the duly appointed Secretary of the Arlington Housing Authority, do hereby certify that on December 12, 2003 was emailed and filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Arlington a copy of Notice of Meeting, of which the foregoing is a true and correct copy.

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Secretary

479.
Communications

Upon a motion by Mr. Abbott, and seconded by Mr. Griffin, it was unanimously:
VOTED: To receive the following communication:
From: Clarice B. Gordon, Co-President and Jean Hopkins, Past President of the Arlington League of Women Voters

Re: Election of Officers results for the Drake Village Tenants Association.

President Nancy Grant
Vice President Ann Mansfield
Secretary Marilyn McCarthy
Treasurer Ida Fisher
Asst. Treasurer Shirley Graham


Tenant Organizations

The Board met with tenant representatives from the various local tenant organizations. Mr. Hurd informed Menotomy Manor Tenant Association President, Marian King that there were eleven (11) unassigned parking spaces available in the Menotomy Manor 200-1 parking lots per a recent survey conducted by Janet Doyle.

CDBG Request
The Board continued its discussions of proposed requests for the latest round of funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program that will be opening for requests soon. Among the requests discussed were:

- a request for $250,000.00 with a match of $125,000.00 from the Authority to be used for the acquisition of new units.

- a request for funds to replace sidewalks on Memorial Way. Marian King, President of the Menotomy Manor Tenants Association, expressed her support for the request.

Upon a motion by Mr. Abbott, and seconded by Mr. Griffin, it was unanimously
VOTED: To authorize the Executive Director to approach Mr. Marc Slotnick of DHCD, to inquire about the possible use of state program reserves as part of a matching CDBG request and for the possible use for leverage of these funds with banks for the acquisition of new affordable housing units.

480.

Inclusionary Zoning

The Board held a discussion concerning its hope to acquire affordable units that may become available through the Town's "Inclusionary Zoning" Bylaw.

Ms. Worden and Mr. Griffin had attended a recent Affordable Housing Task Force meeting where our request was briefly discussed. There was some concern that the Arlington Redevelopment Board may think that the Symmes site was not included in the discussions for these units.

Upon a motion by Mr. Abbott, and seconded by Mr. Griffin, it was unanimously

VOTED: To send a letter to the Arlington Redevelopment Board clarifying the Authority's Interest in any units that may become available through the "Inclusionary Zoning" Bylaw, such as: Symmes, Park Ave./Forest St., Mass. Ave. Texaco, and Osco Drug projects.

Mr. Griffin stated that he felt the need for the Board to explore all possible ways for the Authority to acquire new properties, including through the Eminent Domain process, but he did not think that the Board has sufficient knowledge on the subject to seriously consider the process without learning more about it.

It was agreed that the Executive Director will contact the Authority's attorney and set up a Special Meeting of the Board to discuss Eminent Domain as a process and how the Authority could consider its use in the future. Mr. Hurd will advise the Board of a schedule date for this meeting.

Section 8 Leased Housing Supervisor Vacancy

Mr. Hurd recommended to the Board hiring Ms. Patricia A. Joyner to fill the vacancy left by Peggy Hayes leaving her employment with the Authority.

Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Abbott, it was unanimously:

VOTED: To fill the position vacated by Ms. Peggy Hayes with Ms. Patricia A. Joyner, of 23 Griswold Street, Everett, MA at a starting salary of $39,000.00.

Minutes

Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Abbott, it was voted 3-0-2 (with Mr. Mitropoulos and Ms. Johnson abstaining).

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 10, 2003.

481.

Unfinished Business

Mr. Hurd informed the Board that the personnel matter brought to its attention at the previous Board Meeting has resolved and there was no further Board action needed at this time.

Adjourn

Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin and seconded by Mr. Abbott, it was unanimously:

VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at 9:03 PM.

Secretary