SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012, 3:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS OVERFLOW CONFERENCE ROOM
I. Roll Call
PRESENT: Bob Burgess, Rick Loose and Sharon Mortensen
ABSENT: Bill Garchow and Steve Rapanos
STAFF: Cheri King, Community Development Specialist
OTHERS: Carol Locker, League of Women Voters
II. Public Comments
Cheri King reported that the city has hired a Planning Director. His name is Brad Kaye. He will be starting with the City of Midland on February 20, 2012. He has been the Planning Director for Garfield Township, southeast of Traverse City, for the past three years. He will probably be at the next Housing Commission meeting.
III. CDBG Budget Priorities & Funding Recommendations
The Housing Commission thought city staff should offer training to agencies who are applying for grants regarding what funds can be used for and what activities are eligible for funding. The Commission would like to have funded Habitat for Humanity but their request for funding was for a project that would have posed issues with HUD’s lead-based paint regulations. The Midland County ESA application was another project that they would have liked to fund, but the $25,000 in HUD funds would have required the entire project to be done using the Davis/Bacon prevailing wage rates, which would have raised the entire cost of the project more than the $25,000 contribution from CDBG funds. Staff reported that, in the letter that is sent out with the funding applications, it suggests that if there are any questions, the agencies should contact city staff to discuss the eligibility of their projects prior to submitting an application for funding.
The Commission would like to talk about projects that are eligible for CDBG funding at their December Housing Commission meeting. They would like to discuss their priorities, as stated in the 5-year Consolidated Plan, Davis/Bacon requirements, lead-based paint regulations, and types of projects that have been denied due to non-compliance with HUD regulations.
Staff presented a summary of the 2012-2013 CDBG funding applications, which included the rationale for recommending or denying funding. A proposed budget was also presented as a starting point for discussion, based upon projects that were eligible for funding.
Motion by Burgess, supported by Mortensen to approve staff’s proposed 2012-2013 CDBG budget as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 p.m.
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE
MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION.