MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011, 3:00 P.M.





  I.  Roll Call


PRESENT:   Bob Burgess, Steve Rapanos, Rick Loose and Sharon Mortensen


ABSENT:    Bill Garchow


STAFF:        Cheri King, Community Development Specialist; Keith Baker, Planning Director; and Candy Balis, Manager of Washington Woods


OTHERS:    Susan Weitz


II.  Approval of Minutes


      Motion by Mr. Burgess, seconded by Mrs. Mortensen to approve the Minutes of the June 6, 2011 Regular Meeting and the July 25, 2011 Special Meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.


III. Public Comments


      Susan Weitz commented about the statement in the Housing Commission minutes from June 6, 2011, where representatives from the Affordable Housing Alliance stated that the small number of rental ads in the Midland Daily News showed relatively few rental units are available in Midland.  Mrs. Weitz stated that, due to the cost of classified ads increasing, and electronic media such as Craig’s List and Tom Darger’s website are free to advertise rentals, there are more rentals available than show in the Midland Daily News.


      Mrs. Weitz asked which income group does the Housing Commission want to build additional housing for?  Very-low-income, low-income, or moderate-income households?  Mr. Loose stated that one of the Housing Commission’s goals is to provide housing for the “less than 30%” and “less than 50%” of median income groups. 


      Mrs. Weitz stated she will do everything she can to get MARIAH to come and object to rentals provided for households above 30 percent of median income as households with income above that level are served by the private sector.







IV. New Business


A.    Review CDBG Budget Priorities & Funding Process


Steve Rapanos is not in attendance today and Mr. Loose and Mrs. Mortensen have to leave early due to prior commitments.  Members of the Housing Commission decided to set special meetings for Monday, October 3, 2011 and Monday, November 7, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. to do their priority setting and discuss the funding process for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


B.     Housing Commission Fund Balance Sheet


A Fund Balance Report for the Housing Commission Fund was presented by the city’s Finance Department, as of June 30, 2011.  There are $298,201.93 in Second Mortgage Receivables from CHOICE mortgages, and $74,208.20 in cash.  When the city closes on the Building Trades house at 1311 W. Union Street, this will replenish the amount of cash in the fund.  It will also add to Second Mortgage Receivables as the city is providing down payment assistance to the purchaser of that house.  At the time of this report, there are five lots in inventory in the Housing Commission Fund.  Commission members thought this was good information to have and they would like to receive updates periodically.


C.    712 Prairie Creek Drive


In July, the City of Midland Housing Department was contacted by a property owner who no longer wants his property at 712 Prairie Creek Drive.  The owner desired to deed the property over to the city and not have to worry about it any longer.  Delinquent property taxes for 2009 and 2010 were due to Midland County and 2011 summer taxes are due to the City of Midland.  The property was deeded to the City of Midland on August 5, 2011 and placed in the Housing Commission Fund.  Delinquent property taxes were paid to Midland County and to the City of Midland.  The house trailer on this lot will be removed and the lot will be cleared.  This is a nice lot and the Housing Commission can either decide to sell it or to keep it in inventory and build a house on it at some future date.


D.    2012 Meeting Dates


A resolution was presented to the Housing Commission containing meeting dates for 2012.  Motion by Mrs. Mortensen, seconded by Mr. Burgess to adopt the proposed meeting dates for 2012 as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.


E.     Future Meeting Date


The next regular Housing Commission meeting will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011.



V.  Reports


A.    Fair Housing Report


The Housing Commission felt that the report provided by Legal Services of Eastern Michigan regarding their quarterly activities for fair housing in Midland was more than they received in the past, but less than they hoped for.  They would like to see a comparative analysis with last year.  Has there been any improvement over time?  How do we bench mark against prior findings? 


B.     CDBG Update


            Community Development Block Grant subrecipients are in the process of spending the money allocated to them.  Shelterhouse has gone out for bids on their roof and porch replacement project.  Public Services is working on getting the handicap accessible playground equipment installed in Grove Park yet this fall.


C.    CHOICE Update


The city closed on the sale of 1514 Jefferson on July 6, 2011.  This was a property purchased at property tax foreclosure by the city.  The house at 1005 Mill Street was sold on August 10, 2011.  This property had been acquired with a “Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure”.  Both properties were sold to private individuals.


Midland Public Schools’ Building Trades classes will not be offered during the 2011-2012 school year due to decreased enrollment.  There will be no Building Trades’ house built in the 2011-2012 school year.  Midland Public Schools is hoping to offer the class again next year.  The Reece Community Living Endeavor has been identified as our partner for the next construction project and they are willing to wait until next year to partner with the program.


D.    Senior Housing Update


Washington Woods is at 96 percent occupancy.  They currently have seven vacancies.  They have had 39 individuals move out of apartments so far this year.  There is no one on their waiting list.  They have already contacted the individuals on their list aged 55 to 62.  They are actively marketing units at both market rent and reduced rent to get them filled.   The reason for the high turnover rate is that their average age is 81-83 years of age and people are needing more care at that age.


Riverside Place has had 26 individuals move out.  They are currently at 100 percent occupancy.  They have a very short waiting list.  Riverside Place just renewed their contract with Heartland Home Health Care for a three-year agreement.




VI.  Adjournment


The meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Cheri King