MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011, 3:00 P.M.

333 W. ELLSWORTH STREET

COUNCIL CHAMBERS OVERFLOW CONFERENCE ROOM

 MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

  I.  Roll Call

 

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

 

ABSENT:    None

 

STAFF:        Cheri King, Community Development Specialist; and Keith Baker, Planning Director

 

OTHERS:    None

 

II.  Public Comments

 

      None

 

III. Sale of 712 Prairie Creek Drive

 

       In July, 2011, the City of Midland Housing Department was contacted by a property owner who no longer wanted his property at 712 Prairie Creek Drive.  The owner deeded the property to the city so he did not have to take care of it or pay taxes on it any longer.  The property was deeded to the City of Midland on August 5, 2011 and placed in the Housing Commission Fund.  Costs incurred for this project so far are $10,428.17.

 

      The City of Midland Housing Department received an offer of $14,000 from Habitat for Humanity to purchase this lot.  The property has not been listed with a realtor so there will be no realtor’s fees to pay at closing.  The project has helped improve the neighborhood as the mobile home on this lot was in a very deteriorated condition.  The lot would be returned to the private sector and will keep it on the tax rolls.

 

      Motion by Mortensen, seconded by Rapanos to recommend the sale of 712 Prairie Creek Drive to Habitat for Humanity for $14,000, per their attached letter.  The motion passed unanimously.

     

IV. CDBG Budget Priorities

 

      The Housing Commission was wondering about the 49 unit senior housing development proposed for Eastman Avenue.  Keith Baker stated Mr. DeShano may be applying for Low Income Housing Tax Credits from MSHDA.  The project itself will go to City Council on November 14th for a public hearing and consideration. 

      According to Keith Baker, the recommendations made by the PILOT Study Committee have not gone before City Council so they are not in effect yet.  There has been some concern that Mr. DeShano will propose a PILOT project to City Council for these units.  Cleveland Manor and Washington Woods both have a number of vacancies at the present time. 

 

      The 2009 Housing Needs Assessment identified “less than 30 percent of median income” as being deficient in the number of units available for senior citizens.  The “Health and Human Services” Committee has developed a list of the top ten needs of the community.  Sharon Mortensen will contact Brian Bonotto at the United Way and get a copy of this list.

 

      Rehabilitation of rental properties is an eligible expenditure under CDBG regulations.  However, there is a significant amount of work involved in monitoring those properties for the next 15 years.  This is not a viable option.

 

      Mr. Garchow stated he liked the leveraging impact of partnering with social service agencies.  Mr. Burgess asked how we can make the biggest impact and help the most people with our funds.  Single family housing rehabilitation is important.  However, with the city’s limited CDBG funds, there are a very limited number of people we can help.  The Commission liked the ideas of neighborhood improvement and helping social service agencies, such as Shelterhouse and Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center.  These activities would have the biggest impact and the longest effect for the most people.

 

      Members of the Commission would like to ask the foundations what kinds of projects agencies are coming to them for.  They would like to partner with projects already being proposed, to leverage additional funding, to obtain the largest impact on the community.  They would like to know what is the impact of the project and how many people will benefit.

 

      City staff will invite individuals from the foundations to the next special meeting of the Housing Commission.  They would like to discuss how they can partner with the foundations to leverage other funds, and what types of projects are requesting funding in the community.

 

      The next Special Meeting of the Housing Commission will be Monday, November 7, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.  They would like the following information sent prior to the meeting:

·         The top 10 priorities list established by the Health and Human Services Council

·         The final copy of the 2009 Housing Needs Assessment done by Community Research Services, LLC

·         Cindy Winland’s comments on the Housing Needs Assessment

 

V.  Change of meeting date

 

      Mr. Burgess stated he will not be able to attend the next regular Housing Commission meeting on December 5th.  Motion by Burgess, seconded by Garchow, to change the date of the next Regular Housing Commission Meeting to December 12, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

VI.  Adjournment

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:04 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Cheri King

Secretary

 

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