MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, 3:00 P.M.





  I.  Roll Call


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


ABSENT:    None


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


OTHERS:    Carol Locker, League of Women Voters


II.  Election of Officers


      A motion was made by Steve Rapanos, seconded by Bill Garchow, to nominate Rick Loose as Chairman and Bob Burgess as Vice Chairman for the coming year.  Motion passed unanimously.


III. Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting of September 12, 2011, Special Meeting of October 3, 2011, Special Meeting of November 7, 2011 and Special Meeting of January 30, 2012


      Motion by Steve Rapanos, seconded by Bob Burgess, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 12, 2011, as corrected, with Steve Rapanos being shown as in attendance, and to approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting of October 3, 2011, Special Meeting of November 7, 2011 and Special Meeting of January 30, 2012 as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.


IV. Public Comments




V.  New Business


      Brad Kaye was introduced as the new Planning Director.  He came to Midland from the Traverse City area.  The township from which he came did not have a Housing Commission.


      The next regular meeting of the Midland City Housing Commission will be on Monday, June 4, 2012.


      Bob Burgess reported that Chemical Bank has sent out surveys to non-profits, realtors, and city/county personnel, among others.  These surveys will provide important data to assist Chemical Bank with their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities.  The results from the surveys will help them set goals for loans, donations to the community, and financial literacy through local schools.  The results of the survey will assist Chemical Bank in making a plan for spending in the coming year.


      Sharon Mortensen reported that the Health and Human Services Council will unveil the results of the Behavioral Risk Factor survey, Youth Developmental Assets survey and the Top Ten Community Needs, on March 28th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium.


      The Continuum of Care did a “point-in-time” homeless count on January 25, 2012.  This time, the count included people who are “doubled up”, under the McKinney Vento Act.  HUD does not count people who are doubled up, but the McKinney Vento Act includes those individuals.  The count this year was 517 individuals who are homeless in our community.


      Legal Services of Eastern Michigan will be holding a Fair Housing Summit at Delta College on Friday, March 16th.


VI. Reports


a)      Paired Testing Update – Legal Services of Eastern Michigan


Legal Services of Eastern Michigan reported that they have completed 38 tests for the calendar year of 2011.  They conducted 32 tests on rental properties and six tests on sales/real estate properties. They also reported two individual client complaints.  While this information is somewhat helpful, the Housing Commission would like compiled data with quarterly comparisons.  Is the city getting better or worse at complying with the Fair Housing Laws?  How do they determine what they will test for?  The Housing Commission is interested in trends, comparing this year to last year and previous years.  Are fair housing issues keeping people from obtaining housing in the city?  Cheri King will contact Legal Services of Eastern Michigan and ask for this information for the next Housing Commission meeting.


b)     CDBG Update


Subrecipients are in the process of spending the money allocated to them.  The handicap accessible playground equipment has been installed in Grove Park and is serving the community.  The projected CDBG allocation for the City of Midland for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is still $215,226.  The proposed budget for 2012-2013 was approved at the January 20, 2012 meeting.  There may be additional funds in “carry-over” from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Motion by Bill Garchow, seconded by Steve Rapanos, to appropriate any additional funds that might be available for sidewalks in a low- or moderate-income area.  Motion passed unanimously. 


c)      CHOICE Report


The city is not doing a project in partnership with the Midland Public Schools Building Trades classes this year as there were not enough students to conduct the classes.  At the present time, we are told there are 41 students registered for the Building Trades classes for the 2012-2013 school year.  The Reece Community Living Endeavor has been identified as our partner for the next construction project.  We will be building a duplex for their clients on a lot they own at 1202 E. Haley Street.


Housing Department staff had a booth at the Midland Home and Garden Show this past weekend to display projects done through the CDBG Program, Neighborhood Preservation and the Building Trades projects.


d)     Senior Housing Updates


Candy Balis reported that they have had a lot of vacancies at Washington Woods this year.  Presently, Washington Woods is at 93% occupancy.  Riverside Place is at 100% occupancy.  Washington Woods has rented to individuals as low as 55 years if they cannot find people over 61 years of age.  They are at 19 percent market rent and 81 percent subsidized rent.  They have tried holding vacant 2-bedroom units for market rent tenants for up to six months but this has not been successful.  Both senior housing facilities have saved a significant amount of money this winter by not having to pay for snow removal.


VII.     Adjournment


The meeting was adjourned at 3:54 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Cheri King




ON MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012.