Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - July 13, 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 Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 7:06 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 Wednesday, July 13, 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 July 7, 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

567.
Communications
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was unanimously:

VOTED:
To receive the following communication:

- From: Stephanie Jean, Tenant, Menotomy Manor
Re: Sponsorship in Miss USA/Teen USA Pagent

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

VOTED:
To refer the matter to Ms. Walsh for recommended action.

Appointments
Mr. Hurd discussed the matter of a recent break-in that occurred in the Tenant Offices in Menotomy Manor. He said that the police were investigating the matter and that the AHA was cooperating fully in that effort to apprehend the responsible parties.

Mr. David Levy, Executive Director of the Housing Corporation of Arlington, gave the Board an update on his organization's progress in reviewing various Arlington properties that could have the potential for increasing affordable housing in the Community. He said the good news was that smart growth criteria would be consistent with DHCD's desired goals and would be supported by the state agency. Using AHA property would provide a $zero land cost which would help greatly in making the financials work.

On the negative side, he noted that parking continues to be a major obstacle to overcome in the additional development of either Chestnut Manor or Drake Village. That will be their focus. It seemed that mixed use would be considered for Drake Village.

Revised Section 8 Utility Rate Schedule
Upon a motion by Dr. Worden, and seconded by Mr. Griffin, it was unanimously:

VOTED:
To approve the revised Section 8 utility Rate Schedule effective September 1, 2005.

Menotomy Manor Kitchen and Bathroom Update
Mr. Hurd discussed the progress of the kitchen/bathroom and handicap accessibility project with Board. While there was little news since the last meeting, he noted that a meeting has been scheduled for July 14, 2005 with representatives of DHCD, ABACUS, and the AHA. The purpose of this meeting will be to determine what kinds of cost saving changes can be made to bring the scope of the project more in line with DHCD funding estimates.

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

VOTED:
To receive the Audit Report for the Year Ending September 30, 2004.

568.
Minutes
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was unanimously:

VOTED:
To approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 22, 2005 as amended.

Unfinished Business
Dr. Worden reported on the latest events regarding the Symmes Project. A hearing will be held by the Arlington Redevelopment Board to define the lastest proposal.

Dr. Worden felt that the Arlington Housing Authority has a responsibility to address what is wrong with the proposal. She further discussed the proposed private gated pool.

Mr. Murray inquired about the status of the non-profit organization. A discussion ensued and it was noted that Freeland Abbott was one of the two AHA members of the Board of Directors of that organization. With Mr. Abbott no longer serving on the AHA Board of Commissioners, it was felt that a new member should be designated.

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

VOTED:
To select Dr. Worden to replace Freeland Abbott on the Board of the non-profit organization.

Ms. Walsh inquired if a response was made to Mary Roberts concerning her letter regarding the elevators at Drake Village. Mr. Hurd noted that the matter was brought up at the tenant presidents meeting in which Ms. Roberts was in attendance. He said that DHCD was investigating the matter and will be getting back to us.

Ms. Walsh discussed the possibility of a 10-day response turnaround to letters sent to the Authority. Mr. Mitropoulos asked Mr. Hurd if there was an administrative staff person who could perform this work. Mr. Hurd commented that he handled all his own correspondence and had no Secretary. He will be considering this request during his preparation of next years budget.

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

VOTED:
To adjourn the meeting at 9:09PM.

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Secretary