Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - December 16, 2004

532.

A meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority was held which was open to the public, and was called to order by Vice Chairman John Griffin on Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 5:08 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


Absent: Nicholas Mitropoulos and Richard B. Murray

Also Present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr. Executive Director Joan Pippin, Section 8 Tenant Representative 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 Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 5:00 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 Tuesday, December 2, 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

533.

Communications

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

VOTED: To receive the following communications:

- From: Chestnut Manger Tenants Association
- Re: Thank you for their Bulletin Board and Coke machine relocations

- From: Laura Weiner, Director of Housing, Town of Arlington
- Re: Arlington's Buildable Area calculations for Chapter 40B

Appointments

Ms. Marian King, co-president of the Menotomy Manor Tenants Association, inquired about the status of the Kitchen and Bathroom upgrade project.

Mr. Hurd said the matter was in the hands of the DHCD project group and that they were studying various options that would best meet state guidelines, regulations, and handicap access laws.

Ms. Graciella Correa, a tenant of Drake Village, informed the Board of the recent resignations of officers of their tenants association. The President had resigned for health reasons, and their Vice President was not able to assume the role of president. As the term of office was to begin on January 1, 2005, it was suggested that the tenants ask the League of Women Voters to try and schedule new nominations and elections as soon as possible.

Ms. Correa also noted that some tenants were smoking in the vestibule of the Hauser Building. She asked for the Authority to use the camera in identifying offenders.

Section 8 Program 2005 Fair Market Rents

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

VOTED: To adopt the following Section 8 Program 2005 Fair Market Rent Schedule with adjustments for the four (4) and five (5) bedroom rents, effective February 1, 2005:

Bedroom Size 2005 FMR's

0 B/R $1,025
1 B/R $1,077
2 B/R $1,266
3 B/R $1,513
4 B/R $1,760 (1.05% of Published FMR)
5 B/R $2,119 (1.10% of Published FMR)

534.

Minutes

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

VOTED: To approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 17, 2004.

Unfinished Business

Dr. Worden discussed Smart Growth and would like to talk further on the matter at the next Board Meeting.

Mr. Griffin expressed his disappointment with the Affordable Housing Task Force. As a Member of that group, he indicated that he felt that it was a "waste of time" because it appeared that the group was being used as a rubber stamp. Dr. Worden agreed.

New Business

Mr. Hurd informed the Board that the Annual Town Report will be due soon, and asked the Board for any suggestions it may have for this year's report.

Mr. Hurd congratulated Stephanie Jean, a tenant of Menotomy Manor, for being recognized by the Lexington Daughters of the American Revolution as its 2004-2005 Good Citizen. The Good Citizen Program selects a deserving High School senior who best exemplifies outstanding qualities of:

Dependability: which includes truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality. Service: which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others. Leadership: which includes personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility. Patriotism: which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation.

Ms. Jean was chosen by her peers and school faculty for the award.

Executive Session

Dr. Worden 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 Mr. Abbott, and the Vice Chairman called the Roll of members present, the results of which were:

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

535.

The Vice Chairman declared the motion carried and the Board went into Executive Session at 5:50 PM.

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

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

The Chairman declared the motion carried and the Board returned to Open Session at 5:59 PM.

Adjourn

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

VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at 6:00 PM.

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Secretary