MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, 3:00 P.M.

333 W. ELLSWORTH STREET

MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND COUNCIL CHAMBERS OVERFLOW

 MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

  I.  Roll Call

 

PRESENT:   Bob Burgess, Dick Darger, Rick Loose and Steve Rapanos

 

ABSENT:    1 Vacancy

 

STAFF:        Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, and Cathy Marcy, Manager of Riverside Place

 

OTHERS:    Andrea Sneller (Disability Network), Sharon Mortensen (Shelterhouse), and Sally Ann Sutton

 

II.  Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting of December 7, 2009

 

      A motion was made by Mr. Rapanos, seconded by Mr. Darger to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 7, 2009.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

III.  Public Comments

 

        There were no public comments.

 

IV.  New Business

 

A.    CDBG Funding Proposals – 2010-2011 Fiscal Year

 

Cheri King presented a summary of the amount of Community Development Block Grant funds the City of Midland has received over the years, since 1984.  Her letter to Keith Baker regarding CDBG funding Requests for 2010-11 contained the 14 requests from agencies for funding for the coming fiscal year, along with the history of funding provided to those agencies.  Staff’s proposed budget was submitted and discussed including reasons for funding particular projects and reasons for not funding others.

 

Motion by Mr. Darger, seconded by Mr. Burgess, to approve staff’s recommendations for CDBG funding for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

B.     PILOT Policy Review Update

 

The PILOT Policy Review Committee had their first meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2010.  There were many questions asked at this meeting and staff is in process of compiling the information requested by the committee members.  The PILOT Policy Review Committee will have their next meeting on Wednesday, March 10th, and then meet bi-weekly after that.

 

C.    Future Meeting Date

 

The next meeting of the Midland City Housing Commission will be on Monday, June 7, 2010. 

 

V.  Reports

 

A.    CDBG Update

 

Community Development Block Grant subrecipients are in the process of spending the money the city has allocated to them.  As Davis Bacon prevailing wage rates are required to be paid to contractors who do rehabilitation work on public facilities, projects have become more expensive to do.  The Reece Endeavor has already spent their allocation by purchasing 444 books of Dial-A-Ride tickets for their clients to use for transportation.  Safe Haven Outreach Center has purchased $1980 in Dial-A-Ride tickets for their clients so far.  These activities have greatly benefitted these agencies as their clients are all on limited incomes.

 

Final figures are not out yet for the 2010-2011 grant year.  Staff’s proposed budget for 2010-2011 is based upon the same amount of funding as last year, which was $244,606.

 

B.     CHOICE Update

 

The 2009-2010 Building Trades project at 5411 W. Wackerly Street is a house for a family who has a child with a disability.  It is being built to be handicap accessible ad barrier free.  This will be the third year in a row that the city has partnered with an agency to provide barrier free housing for one of their clients.  Construction on this house is approximately 65 percent complete.

 

Staff has identified an individual from the ARC of Midland who has inherited some funds and needs a house that is handicap accessible and barrier free as he is in a wheel chair.  This will be a good project to do with the Building Trades students in the 2010-2011 fiscal year as we again will have a purchaser for the house before it is built.  This will be the fourth house that this partnership has created that will be barrier free.

 

The purchase of 406-408 Eastlawn has been completed.  Staff is currently waiting for the weather to break in order to proceed with the demolition of the dwellings.

 

C.    Senior Housing Update

 

Washington Woods has three vacancies on the east side, which requires participation in the meal plan.  They also have one vacancy on the west side.  Riverside Place is filled to 100% capacity.  Both facilities are continuing with maintenance with snow removal being their primary concern this time of year.  Special activities continue at both facilities with a combination of health services and social activities.

 

VII.  Adjournment

 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:43 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheri King

Secretary

 

MINUTES APPROVED BY THE MIDLAND CITY

HOUSING COMMISSION ON MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010.