Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - March 23, 2005

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, March 23, 2005 at 7:01 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: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, March 23, 2005 at 7:01 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:
Nicholas Mitropoulos
Dr. Patricia Worden
John Griffin
Freeland K. Abbott


Absent:
Richard B. Murray

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, March 23, 2005 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 February 28, 2005 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.

Secretary

547.
Communications
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Abbott, it was unanimously:

VOTED: To receive the following communications:

- From: Kevin L. Mason, Cingular Wireless
Re: 37 Drake Road Lease

- From: Janet Mcguire, Operation Success
Re: Financial Assistance/Computers

- From: Lisa Price, Deputy General Counsel
Re: Labor and Industry Wage Rates

- From: Emily Ruggles, Affordable Housing Lottery Applicant
Re: Texaco Unit

Appointments
Ms. Marian King, Co-President of the Menotomy Manor Tenants Association (MMTA), addressed the Board. She discussed the process where maintenance employees respond to work orders when tenants are not home. As a matter of practice, notices of repairs performed should be left for tenants. Mr. Hurd will bring up the matter with the maintenance employees and remind them that these notices should be left. All work orders have been recorded and remain on file in both the maintenance site and the Main Office. This information contains the date called in, description of the problem, the date the work was performed, and who did the work.

Graciella Correa, a tenant of Drake Village, reported that the candidates night at her site went well. There was a good turnout, and both the candidates and tenants enjoyed the event.

Cingular Wireless
Mr. Kevin Mason of Cingular Wireless addressed the Board. He described the need for changes to upgrade the equipment currently installed on the Hauser Building. As part of the upgrade, there was a need to add one additional cabinet. Mr. Mason proposed a $300.00 monthly increase in the rent to cover this addition. Mr. Mitropoulos and Mr. Griffin both voiced their concerns over the small sum offered.

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

VOTED:
To select a subcommittee of the Board consisting of Mr. Griffin and Mr. Mitropoulos, to review revenues of other local sites to determine if this proposal is an appropriate sum of additional rent and to advise Mr. Hurd of their findings by Friday, March 25, 2005.

548.
Maintenance Employee Wage Rates
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Abbott, it was unanimously:

VOTED:
To adopt the following minimum wage rates established by the Departments of Labor and Workforce Development in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. ch. 121B, s. 29, effective April 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006:

Maintenance Mechanic $20.31/ Hour
Working Foreman $21.55/ Hour

Texaco Site, Massachusetts Avenue
The Board discussed the letter sent by Ms. Emiliy Ruggles describing her concerns over the Board's possible emminet domain taking of one of the condominiums located at 264 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA.

The Board noted that the Arlington Redevelopment Board and the Town's Director of Planning were all put on notice in a public meeting over six months earlier that the Arlington Housing Authority was going to take one of the four inclusionary units coming available, yet the Town, still insisted on proceeding with the lottery for all four units.

It was further discussed, that the Authority was taking a specific unit, and that the unit awarded to Ms. Ruggles may not be the very unit to be taken.

Mr. Hurd was directed to send a letter to Ms. Ruggles expressing these thoughts, and to send copies to: Kevin O'Brien, Laura Weiner, and the Arlington Redevelopment Board.

FY 2005 Revised Operating Budgets
Program 400-1
Mr. Abbott moved that the proposed Operating budget for State-Aided Housing of the Arlington Housing Authority (Chapter 200/667/705/689/MRVP), Program Number 400-1 for Fiscal Year Ending 9/30/2005 showing Total Operating Receipts of $2,875,328.00 and Total Operating Expenditures of $3,029,576.00, there by requesting a subsidy of $0.00 be submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development for review and approval. Mr. Griffin seconded the motion which, upon a roll-call, was passed by a voted of 4 to 0.

Program 689-1
Mr. Abbott moved that the proposed Operating budget for State-Aided Housing of the Arlington Housing Authority (Chapter 200/667/705/689/MRVP), Program Number 689-1 for Fiscal Year Ending 9/30/2005 showing Total Operating Receipts of $31,452.00 and Total Operating Expenditures of $100,252.00, there by requesting a subsidy of $0.00 be submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development for review and approval. Mr. Griffin seconded the motion which, upon a roll-call, was passed by a voted of 4 to 0.

549.
Program MRVP

Mr. Abbott moved that the proposed Operating budget for State-Aided Housing of the Arlington Housing Authority (Chapter 200/667/705/689/MRVP), Program Number MRV-P for Fiscal Year Ending 9/30/2005 showing Total Operating Receipts of $2,100.00 and Total Operating Expenditures of $960.00, there by requesting a subsidy of $0.00 be submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development for review and approval. Mr. Griffin seconded the motion which, upon a roll-call, was passed by a voted of 4 to 0.

Non-Profit Organization Dissolution
Mr. Hurd reported that Attorney James Ferraro has reviewed the status of the old non-profit organization created by the Board. In order to properly dissolve it, there would be a need to hold a meeting, select officers, file any needed reports or returns, and then conduct another meeting to dissolve the organization.

In order to insure that the non-profit meeting was properly held because the directors are made up of AHA Board Members, the next meeting will be publicly posted and held at 6:45 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2005. Mr. Hurd will see that this notice is publicly posted in accordance with the Open Meeting Law.

April 2, 2005 Local Elections
Mr. Hurd presented the Board with the schedule of Tenant Forums that will be held in each elderly complex. These forums were scheduled and will be hosted by each Local Tenant Organization in order to provide equal access to all candidates for office in each facility.

Bollinger Memorial Scholarship
Upon a motion by Dr. Worden, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was unanimously:
VOTED:
To support the application of Laura Cyr for the Bollinger Memorial Scholarship and to pay the associated application fee for her entry into that contest.

Minutes
Upon a motion by Mr. Abbott, and seconded by Dr. Worden, it was voted 4-0-1 (with Mr. Murray abstaining):

VOTED:
To approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 25, 2005.

550.
Unfinished Business
Mr. Griffin discussed the Texaco property. The AHA cannot proceed with the taking until the Master Deed has been filed, and thus far, it has not been filed. He expressed his concern that the Redevelopment Board and the Planning Department have been put on notice of the Authority's intention to take the unit by emminent domain, yet they still advertised all units and are still holding a lottery to assign all the units. He thought this was unfair to applicants in the drawing.

Dr. Worden stated that Laura Weiner, Housing Director for the Town, was encouraged to contact the Arlington Redevelopment Board to see if this issue could be negotiated. As yet, the AHA has not been notifiied by anyone concerning negotiations for these units.

Dr. Worden also discussed Smart Growth (Chapter 760 CMR 59). In her opinion, the regulation favors developers, destroys historic districts, and it is not appropriate for a town like Arlington. She noted that the regulation is also ill-defined and reduces the rights of neighbors.

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

VOTED:
To adjourn the meeting at 9:06 PM.

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Secretary