MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012, 3:00 P.M.

333 W. ELLSWORTH STREET

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS OVERFLOW CONFERENCE ROOM

 MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

  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.

     

IV. Adjournment

 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Cheri King

Secretary

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE

MIDLAND CITY HOUSING COMMISSION.