Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - October 20, 2004

525.

A meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority was held which was open to the public, and was called to order by Chairman Nicholas Mitropoulos on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the John F. Cusack Room, located at 4 Winslow Street, Arlington, MA. The Roll Call was taken and the following members of the Arlington Housing Authority were present:

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

Absent: None

Also Present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr. Executive Director Joan Pippin, 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, October 20, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall, 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 Monday, October 4, 2004 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

526.

Appointments

The Board met with Attorney John Greco, the final interview before awarding the Legal Services Contract.

Board members were concerned that by having only one attorney available throughout the year, there may be times when that attorney would not be readily available. Because of this, the Board decided to select a primary attorney for legal services and an alternate attorney to serve as a backup legal service provider.

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

VOTED: To award the Legal Services Contract to Attorney John Greco.

Upon a motion by Mr. Murray, and seconded by Dr. Worden, it was unanimously:

VOTED: To award an alternate Legal Services Contract to Attorney James K. Ferraro.

Ms. Graciella Correa of Drake Village complimented the maintenance staff for the fine job they did with the doors at her development. She also asked about the status of her inquiry concerning smoking in common outside areas the 667-1 development. Mr. Hurd informed her that he contacted DHCD and had no response as yet, but he will try again.

Ms. Correa also informed the Board that Drake Village will be holding its annual elections in December.

Minutes

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

VOTED: To approve the minutes of the September 29, 2004 Regular Board Meeting as ammended.

Reasonable Accommodations

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

VOTED: To approve the Request for a Reasonable Accommodation for a waiver of the No Pet Policy which was submitted by Carrie Keeler, a tenant of 3 Fremont Street, Arlington for a pet cat.

New Business

Dr. Worden noted that the in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40B, the town would need to perform a 1 ½ % rule calculation as described in the statute. Mr. Hurd was asked to send a letter to the town's Planning Director to find out if that calculation was made and request a copy of the results. If the work hasn't been performed as yet, he was asked to find out when that work would be completed.

Mr. Mitropoulos inquired about the need for emergency contacts in community rooms. Mr. Hurd said that the access boards to all the elderly buildings were being programmed to allow full time access to emergency response units.

527.

Executive Session

Mr. Griffin made a motion to go into Executive Session to consider the purchase, exchange lease or value of real property that may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Authority if discussed in open session, and when the Board returns in Regular Session, it will do so only for the purpose of adjournment.

The motion was seconded by Dr. Worden, and the Chairman called the Roll of members present, the results of which were:

Mr. Griffin Yes
Dr. Worden Yes
Ms. Pippin Yes
Mr. Abbott Yes
Mr. Mitropoulos Yes
Mr. Murray Yes

The Chairman declared the motion carried and the Board went into Executive Session at 8:07 PM.

Mr. Murray made a motion to go out of Executive Session. The motion was seconded by Dr. Worden, and the Chairman called the Roll of members:

Mr. Griffin Yes
Dr. Worden Yes
Ms. Pippin Yes
Mr. Abbott Yes
Mr. Mitropoulos Yes
Mr. Murray Yes

The Chairman declared the motion carried and the Board returned to Open Session at 8:17 PM.

Adjourn

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

VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at 8:19 PM.

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Secretary