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, February 8, 2006, at 7:35 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 B. Worden
Teresa J. Walsh
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, February 8, 2006 at 7:30 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 January 24, 2006, 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.
Upon a Motion by Mr. Murray, and seconded by Mr. Griffin, it was unanimously:
VOTED: To receive the following communications:
- From: David Levy, Executive Director, Housing Corporation of Arlington, Inc.
Re: Section 8 Project Based Vouchers
- From: Attorney John L. Greco, AHA Legal Counsel
Re: Response letter regarding LTO Participation
- From: Stan Kruszewski, Project Manager, DHCD
Re: Capital Improvements, Elevators 667-2, 667-4, 667-5
- From: Kevin O'Brien, Director of Planning, Town of Arlington
Re: CDBG Program Year 31 Performance, Year 32 Requests
Ms. Graciella Correa, a tenant of Drake Village, inquired about the status of the electronic door openers at the Hauser Building. Mr. Hurd responded that the door system is currently being debugged, and as soon as the maintenance staff is certain that the system is operating correctly, the new system will be activated, once activated tenants will only be able to enter the building with their fobs.
Mr. Peter Szerlag, a tenant of Winslow Towers, inquired about the emergency capabilities of the elevators, emergency lights, and fob system in his building. Mr. Hurd informed him that those systems have either a generator or battery backups to provide limited service in case of a power failure.
Mr. David Levy, Executive Director of the Housing Corporation of Arlington, Inc. (HCA), met with the Board to request up to six (6) project based vouchers to be used in their two family rental units. He pointed out that project basing has both positives and negatives, and the decision to issue a voucher for this purpose is up to the Board.
When asked about ACA's funding sources, he said that the nonprofit received its funding from several sources including: CDBG, HOME, conventional mortgage, and PERM funds from Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
The benefits to HCA in receiving the Section 8 Vouchers would be that they would be able to receive slightly higher rents than they are presently receiving.
Mr. Griffin said that he had spoken with Mr. Levy and Mr. Paul MacPartland of DHCD regarding the Chestnut Manor project. Mr. Griffin suggested that a special meeting be held to specifically focus on that proejct.
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Mr. Hurd said that Mr. Cronin and Mr. Casazza were continuing their inquiries at other housing authorities that experienced similar projects. Nothing new was reported at this time.
Mr. Hurd recommended that Ms. Sandra L. Gammon be hired as the new Director of Accounting Services. He definded the process taken, and that both he and Mr. Richard Conlon, the AHA's Fee Accountant, found Ms. Gammon to be the highest qualified applicant for the position.
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Dr. Worden, it was unanimously:
VOTED: To hire Ms. Sandra L. Gammon, of 5 Myopia Road, Stoneham, MA as the new Director of Accounting Services.
Upon a motion by Mr. Murray, and seconded by Dr. Worden, it was unanimously:
VOTED: To approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 18, 2006 as amended.
The Board further discussed the need for a Special Meeting to discuss the Chestnut Manor development issue. It was agreed that the Board would hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 6:00 PM to discuss the issue and receive input from others interested in the project.
Dr. Worden suggested that the AHA could greatly benefit by acting in the role of Monitor for Chapter 40B projects in Arlington. By one estimate, as much as $30,000 could be made in providing this service to the town for monitoring these properties.
Mr. Hurd updated the Board on the progress of the Elevator Modernization Project.
Mr. Griffin stated that he was aware of another Chapter 40B development that may be planned for a rental property at 75 Summer Street.
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was unanimously:
VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at 9:15 PM.