Gloversville Housing Authority Board Meeting Minutes June 19
GLOVERSVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY
Minutes of a Regular Meeting
The Gloversville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners met in a regular session at DuBois Garden Apartments on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM.
John Castiglione, Chairperson
John Poling, Vice Chairperson
Gail Ryan, Commissioner
Jason Sweeney, Resident Commissioner
Christine Nicosia, Resident Commissioner
Benjamin McGuire, Authority Legal Counsel
Joseph Battaglia, Building Maintenance Supervisor
Linda Lizio, Tenant Relations Assistant
Heather Reynolds, Executive Director
Marcia Weiss, Secretary
The Chairperson called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. The minutes of the regular meeting held in May were presented. There were no corrections or changes. Mrs. Ryan made a motion to adopt the minutes as presented. Ms. Nicosia seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously. The minutes of the special meeting held on June 8, 2018 were presented. There were no corrections or changes. Mr. Poling made a motion to adopt the minutes as presented. Mrs. Ryan seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
The Chairperson asked if there was anything the public would like to comment on. A resident from Forest Hill Towers stated she would like to thank Ms. Nicosia for all she has done for the tenants while being a Resident Commissioner.
The Chairperson asked if there was any old business to discuss. There was no old business to discuss. Mr. Sweeney asked what the $18,000 that Ms. McCloskey received was for as he was unable to attend the special meeting held on June 8, 2008. The Chairperson advised he does not have the figures with him but he believes the money was for time she had coming, vacation time. Mr. Sweeney explained he questioned this payment as she was employed up until she resigned so why would she receive back pay as stated in an article in the newspaper.
The Chairperson presented Resolution No. 757, Account Payable for May 2018 and asked for a motion to approve the Resolution. Mrs. Ryan made a motion to approve Resolution No. 757. Mr. Sweeney seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
The Chairperson presented Resolution No. 758 and added the Board had just received the resolution tonight. Mr. McGuire explained that the document is not really a resolution but more a written consent approving removal of Daniel R. Towne as President of 34 S. Main Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. and appointing Heather A. Reynolds as President. Mr. Castiglione asked for a motion to accept this written consent. Mr. Sweeney made a motion to accept. Mr. Poling seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
The Chairman asked the Executive Director for her monthly report. The Executive Director went over the monthly accounts receivable and the vacant units for the month of May 2018 and units housed at all three developments. Mrs. Ryan asked about the year to date figures, Forest Hill Towers is showing 42 vacant and 18 housed, does that mean there are 24 vacant at Forest Hill Towers right now. The Executive Director asked Mrs. Lizio to explain the figures. Mrs. Lizio explained that year to date housed figure is from October of 2017 until present. Mrs. Ryan questioned that year to date vacancy was at 42 and year to date housed was at 18 for Forest Hill Towers so currently there are 24 vacant units at Forest Hill Towers. Mrs. Lizio advised she does not believe that is correct and she will look at it tomorrow.
The Executive Director asked Mr. Battaglia for his monthly report. Mr. Battaglia advised the Laundromat at Kingsboro Towers is completed and the installation of new countertops is also complete. The old laundry equipment has been removed from all three developments and we are waiting for the new equipment to come in. While these are empty we have been painting the walls and putting in new flooring. Apartment #70, which has been offline for sometime, is finally completed with all new countertops and cabinets. Mr. Sweeney asked about the status of the countertops for the handicap apartments. Mr. Battaglia advised they are still looking into it.
Mr. Poling asked the Executive Director how we were making out with Upstate Collections. The Executive Director advised the Authority has not received any reports from them and we will need to get in touch with them. They were supposed to provide us with quarterly reports and we have gotten nothing.
The Executive Director asked Mrs. Lizio for her monthly report. Mrs. Lizio advised the election for Resident Commisioner was held today and Diane Sauve will be representing both Forest Hill Towers and Kingsboro Towers and Mr. Sweeney will remain the Resident Commissioner for DuBois Garden Apartments.
The Chairperson advised next month he would like to hold the Board meeting at Forest Hill Towers and he would be expecting a good turnout to welcome Ms. Sauve to the Board. The Chairperson also mentioned that he has not received a copy of the monthly newsletter that each senior development put out monthly. Ms. Sauve advised they no longer have any way to copy them. Mr. Castiglione asked if that was also true for Kingsboro Towers. They were unsure as to why he was not receiving a newsletter from Kingsboro Towers. The Executive Director asked if they were posting the newsletter on the bulletin board the Authority has provided. Ms. Sauve stated yes they were but people like the actual paper copy. Mr. Sweeney asked why we had stopped copying the newsletter for Forest Hill Towers. Mrs. Ryan stated the newsletter is part of the Tenant’s Association, something they produce and not the Gloversville Housing Authority. Therefore they can have it copied somewhere else. Ms. Sauve stated that would be to costly.
With no further business to discuss the Chairperson asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Poling made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Sweeney seconded the motion and it was carries unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:18 PM.