Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - May 10, 2005

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 Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 7:30 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
Richard Murray
Dr. Patricia Worden
John Griffin
Teresa J. Walsh

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 Tuesday, May 10, 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 April 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

559.
Appointments
Marian King, Co-Chairman of the Menotomy Manor Tenants Association, noted that the MMTA will be conducting elections soon. She introduced Kerry Keeler a candidate for the office of Co-Chairman. Ms. King also provided a projected budget for the MMTA covering their fiscal year of May 1, 2005 through April 30, 2006.

Barbara Jones, a tenant of Drake Village, inquired about the status of a dog complaint. Mr. Hurd explained that a conference had been held and that the Authority made it clear to the tenant that any violation of the rules will be dealt with.

Graciela Correa, a tenant of Drake Village, reported that their International Night was a great success. She also noted that the "English as a Second Language" program recently completed its second year at Drake Village.

Mr. David Levy, the Executive Director of the Housing Corporation of Arlington, addressed the Board. He informed the Board that the HCA had recently received a $35,000 annual grant for the next three years to research new affordable housing opportunities in Arlington. Mr. Levy introduced to the Board, Ms. Mary Doyle the president of the Housing Corporation of Arlington, Inc.

Upon a motion by Ms. Walsh, and seconded by Dr. Worden, it was unanimously:
v VOTED:
To support the HCA and the Executive Director initiating a dialogue to learn more about the potential for Drake Village redevelopment and its economic feasibility.

Community Preservation Act
Ms. Walsh reported on her research of the Community Preservation Act. The Act allows for a 100% match to participating communities. While the program has potential for the creation of new affordable housing units, was generally felt that the timing for such an initiative was not wise at the time due to the scheduled June Proposition 2 1/2 general override.

Mr. Griffin stated that he liked the concept of receiving matching funds; however, he questioned the ability for the AHA to receive any of these funds.

Dr. Worden thanked Ms. Walsh for her research and report.

Menotomy Manor Kitchen and Bath Project
Mr. Hurd discussed the progress of the zoning changes needed for the proposed project.

He informed the Board that the Arlington Redevelopment Board voted on May 9, 2005 to support our re-zoning article, and that the next step would be for the article to be voted at the Special Town Meeting to be held on Monday, May 23, 2005.

Mr. David Pollak, the architect for the project, will be making the presentation.

560.
Personnel
Mr. Hurd proposed to the Board that the position of Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance/Purchasing, currently filled by Robert Cronin, be reclassified as Director of Maintenance.

He noted that the responsibilities of the former position has greatly changed due to such changes as COMPASS, required electronic submissions, bid requirement changes, attendance recording responsibilities, and this new title would more accurately reflect the actual work performed.

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

VOTED:
To reclassify the position of Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance/Purchasing currently held by Robert Cronin to the Director of Maintenance.

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

VOTED:
To approve the recommended administrative salary increases as proposed by the Executive Director.

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

VOTED:
To approve the Executive Director's salary of $95,895.00.

Lease Provisions for State Developments
Mr. Hurd provided the Board with a copy of the lease provisions covering "Access to Leased Premises by LHA" found in Section XV of the standard DHCD lease. He informed the Board that he has discussed this with the maintenance staff.

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

VOTED:
To approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Arlington Housing Associates, Inc. for April 6, 2005.

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

VOTED:
To approve the minutes of the Annual Board Meeting of April 6, 2005. Upon a motion by Dr. Worden, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was voted 4-0-1 (with Mr. Mitropoulos abstaining):

VOTED:
To approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of April 6, 2005.

561.
Unfinished Business
Mr. Griffin discussed the contributions of Mr. Abbott during his tenure on the Board and suggested that he be invited to the next meeting to thank him for his service. Mr. Hurd said that he would contact him.

Dr. Worden said that she would like to discuss the Symmes project at the next meeting.

New Business
Mr. Hurd reported that the AHA received $4,690.83 from FEMA for expenses incurred during qualifying snow storms in 2005, the prisoners recently completed a full cleanup of Menotomy Manor, and he was working with John Jope on arrangements to insure tenant van service to Symmes/Lahey in Burlington.

Adjourn
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was unanimously:
VOTED:
To adjourn the meeting at 9:06 PM.

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Secretary