Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the AHA - January 18, 2006

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, January 18, 2006, at 7:05 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
John Griffin
Teresa J. Walsh

Absent: Dr. Patricia B. Worden (Arrived at 7:10 PM)
Also Present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr. Executive Director

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, January 18, 2006 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 December 15, 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.



Marian King, a tenant of Menotomy Manor, commended the Authority for its outreach efforts in the preparation of the FY2006 budgets. She requested that in the future, even more time be given to provide the input.

Mr. Hurd noted that outreach and process used was not only inclusive but it was also successful. The Authority received more requests than ever before from the Local Tenants Organizations, and each request was reviewed. He also noted that a report was provided to the Commissioners on each request submitted.

Menotomy Manor Kitchen and Bath Update
Mr. Hurd said that he is scheduled to attend a meeting at DHCD next week to discuss the various reloctaion alternatives for the project. Also attending will be Bob Cronin and Al Casazza. He viewed this meeting as a step forward in the process.

Chestnut Manor
Mr. Griffin discussed with the Board his interest in keeping an open mind on the decision of what the Authority should consider for new housing on the Chestnut Manor 667-2 site.

The Priority Development Fund application submitted by the Town has not been approved as yet, and Laura Weiner is responding to certain questions sent to her by DHCD regarding the request.

Mr. Griffin also noted that he has kept in contact with Paul McPartland of DHCD regarding the possiblity for a Chapter 689 development on the site. It was generally agreed by the Board to be too early in the process to make any decision on either of the proposals at this time.

CDBG Requests
The Board discussed the potential for a joint request for Community Development Block Grant funds with the Housing Corporation of Arlington, Inc. It was agreed that a meeting should take place in order to see if there was a shared interest for a grant request.

It was also noted that the AHA would need to publicly bid its interest in seeking a partner in a joint venture.

Upon a motion by Dr. Worden, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was voted 5-1 (with Mr. Griffin abstaining):

To approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 9, 2005, as amended.

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

VOTED: To approve the minutes of the Special Meeting of December 7, 2005.


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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 14, 2005, as amended.

Unfinished Business
Dr. Worden provided information regarding the language that appears in deed restrictions of inclusionary properties created under the Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Arlington. Her concerns were for the keeping of these properties affordable into perpetuity.
Mr. Hurd was asked about the status of Attorney Greco's response concerning tenant participation as definded in CMR 760. He said that a draft had been forwarded to him for comment and he will ask that the final version be provided to the Board as soon as possible.

New Business
Mr. Hurd informed the Board that he is in the process of preparing the 2005 Annual Report and he asked the Board for any suggestions they may have for inclusion in that report.

Mr. Hurd requested authorization to purchase 18 sets of replacement washers and dryers for the Chapter 667 buildings.

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

VOTED: To authorize the purchase of 18 sets of washers and dryers for the Chapter 667 developments through the authorized blanket state contract.

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

VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at 8:29 PM.