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We value the opinions of our residents and provide the opportunity for residents to get involved in the decision-making process with their participation among our Tenant Councils and the LHA Resident Advisory Board.  Tenant Councils and the Advisory Board offer an open forum for residents to voice their concerns, and provides the Authority with critical input to address issues and implement policies which affect residents.

 

  

Tenant Councils  

 

The LHA Tenant Councils meet monthly within the development, and all residents are welcome to attend. Each of the LHA's Tenant Councils receive an annual operating budget.  Throughout the year, Tenant Council leadership work on behalf of residents to plan community outings, holiday events, coordinate guest speakers, and discuss policy issues.  Tenant Councils are an important platform for engaging residents and ensuring transparency, as the Authority continues to provide residents with a safe, and pleasant place to call home.

 

 

 

 

 

Tenant Council Meeting Schedule

 

Development Meeting Time Contact
Bishop Markham 3rd Thursday of the Month             2:00 PM   Pamela Maynard: 978-328-6777 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dewey Archambault Towers 2nd Thursday of the Month              6:00 PM  Diane Hamel:
Father Norton Manor 3rd Wednesday of the Month           6:00 PM

Diane Theall:  978-656-8761

 
Resident Advisory Board

 

Resident Advisory Boards consist of a 35 member panel, which is representative of resident population living within LHA developments.  This Board is called upon periodically by the LHA leadership team to act as a sounding board for new LHA policies. Resident Advisory Board members also provide valuable input, assisting the Authority in developing short and long-term capital planning goals. The LHA is always looking for new members to join.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Andrew Rocha, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Family Resource Program

 

  • Counseling and Assistance to families in need

  • After School Homework Program

  • Parent Advisory Committees

  • Rap Groups/Sessions

  • Substance Abuse Services

  • Community Development

  • Assistance in filling out documents

  • Interpretation Services

  • Assistance in making phone calls, appointments, etc.

  • GED/ESL Classes

  • Fieldtrips/Family Outings

  • Vocational/Employment Programs


    Family Self Sufficiency

    The Family Self Sufficiency Program offers many services which allow residents the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient. Click here for more information on this program.

     

 

  

LOWELL HOUSING AUTHORITY

AGENDA OF REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016 AT 5:00 PM

ARMAND P. MERCIER CENTER, 21 SALEM STREET, LOWELL, MA

  

 

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 9, 2016 MEETING

2. RESIDENT CORRESPONDENCE

3. RESIDENT ORGANIZATION

4. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT

5. FINANCE AND AUDIT REPORT

6. REPORT OF THE CHAIR

7. REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

7.1 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

7.1.1 MOTION TO RESCIND PROPOSED CHANGE ORDER #01, BUILD-IT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC., FOR SIDING WORK AT 68 GRAND STREET (FISH 160079)

7.1.2 MOTION TO APPROVE PROPOSED CHANGE ORDER #02, BUILD-IT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF A CREDIT FOR $4,289.00 FOR SIDING WORK AT 68 GRAND STREET (FISH 160079)

7.1.3 MOTION TO APPROVE PROPOSED CHANGE ORDER #03, BUILD IT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC., FOR CERTAIN EXTERIOR ELECTRIC METER AND WIRE WORK IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,264.00 AT THREE SITES, 68, 109-111 GRAND STREET, AND 37 WARE STREET (FISH 160079), PENDING FINAL APPROVAL BY THE PROJECT ARCHITECT AND THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

7.1.4 MOTION TO AWARD CONTRACT EXTENSION, IFB 2015-27, CARPET INSTALLATION SERVICES TO ROGER LAROCHELLE, D/B/A/ ROGER’S FLOORING, 23 SPRING STREET, PELHAM, NH 03076, FOR A NOT TO EXCEED TERM AMOUNT OF $77,000 FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2016-2017

7.1.5 MOTION TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND EXECUTION OF THE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION AND BY-LAWS OF THE REVITALIZATION EFFORT TOWARD NEW URBANISM, INC. (RENU)

7.2 OLD BUSINESS

7.3 NEW BUSINESS

7.4 MOTION TO ADJOURN

 

LOWELL HOUSING AUTHORITY
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING HELD ON
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016 AT 5:00 P.M.
ARMAND P. MERCIER CENTER, 21 SALEM STREET, LOWELL, MA

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairperson Sullivan Talty.  Upon direction of the Chairperson, the Secretary called the roll of membership which resulted as follows:

Present: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty

Absent:  Commissioner Peou, Commissioner Willie-Bonglo

The Chairperson declared a quorum present and the meeting opened for the transaction of business.

 

MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING ON NOVEMBER 9, 2016

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Green and seconded by Vice Chairperson McMahon to approve the Minutes of the November 9, 2016 Regular Meeting. 

 

A roll call vote was taken with the following results:
Yeas: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty

Nays: None

 

The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted.

 

RESIDENT CORRESPONDENCE

 

None

 

RESIDENT ORGANIZATION

 

The ED indicated that there was not a resident report; however, he recognized staff who were in attendance from Bishop Markham village.

 

SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

None                                                                                                                

 

FINANCE REPORT

 

Mr. Garvey reported that the expenditures are predominantly in line with the budget. Mr. Garvey provided a one page net analysis for the Board. All AMPS had operated at a net-gain.  The only budget items that exceeded expenditures were with AMP 3, due to additional costs for pest control, plumbing and heating for the AMP.   Employee benefits were also over budget due to the GASB 68 pension expense regulation which requires full pension liability be included in budget reporting to HUD, which does not accurately reflect year-end pension outlays.

 

Chairperson Sullivan Talty asks for clarification on the pension requirement. Mr. Garvey explains GASB  68 requires that a full pension liability be added to the books, which has the effect of inflating actual expenditures because the LHA must report the full pension liability at year end.  Mr. Garvey provided the Board with figures for the reserves excluding the GASB 68 expense requirement to provide the Board with an accurate depiction of the Authority’s worth. Non-cash transactions, including pension expenses do affect the Authority’s PHAS scores, but Mr. Garvey is confident that the LHA will be graded as a high performer. Mr. Garvey explained that all PHAs must comply with the GASB 68 requirement, despite the reporting challenges.

 

Mr. Garvey reports the progress of the Authority’s solar net metering projects--Blue Wave and Nautilus, the Authority’s state and federal energy supply contractors, respectively.  The Authority should begin receiving solar net metering credits by February or March 2017 from Blue Wave. On the federal side, progress is being made and the sites should be active by January 8th. Mr. Garvey indicated that permitting has presented the greatest challenge, and has contributed to delays with the federal site. Mr. Garvey expressed that solar net metering was the right decision financially and environmentally for the Authority.                                                                                                            

 

REPORT OF THE CHAIR

 

None

 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

The ED provided the Board with an update on the Mercier Street Corridor Development project.  The Authority held a kick-off meeting on November 29th with AEI, the Authority’s Environmental Engineering consultant and Andrew Daniel’s the Authority’s project consultant. AEI will be visiting the sites on December 27th.  The ED and Assistant ED, met with Northeast Legal Services for an informational session. The ED indicated that Northeast Legal Services team seem to have a clear understanding of the Authority’s housing needs, and were excited about the project. The ED will also hold resident informational meetings after the holidays.  ED reports that the Authority has an RFP out for the project. The goal is for the Authority to submit the proposal to the Emergency Shelter Assistance Program (ESAP) by March.

 

The ED explains that the Authority installed defibrillators at North Common Village and Bishop Markham properties, at the request of the City Council.  Chairperson Sullivan Talty inquired about the cost for the defibrillators.  The ED indicated the installation was around $2000.  ED expressed gratitude to Dennis, Kevin, Oun, and Ken, Authority staff who assisted with Kazanjian Christmas party held on December 10th.  

 

Commissioner McMahon explained that the Kazanjian Christmas party was a success.  McMahon requests that a letter of thanks be sent to the Kazanjian family on behalf of the Board.                                                                                                            

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

 


7.1.1     MOTION TO RESCIND PROPOSED CHANGE ORDER #01, BUILD-IT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC., FOR SIDING WORK AT 68 GRAND STREET (FISH 160079)

 

Mr. Goldfield explains that each of the motions he has presented to the Board are related to one another.  The first is a motion to rescind a change order estimate for the replacement of three layers of siding, due to unforeseen damage that could not be identified during the initial inspection. Mr. Goldfield indicated that the initial estimated request of $50k was not required, rather the Authority decided to use vinyl siding which provided a better value, and resulted in a credit to the Authority for the work performed.  The Board is rescinding the initial change order, approving the credit as a separate motion, and approving a motion for additional electrical work.

 

A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Green and seconded by Vice Chairperson McMahon

 

A roll call vote was taken with the following results:
Yeas: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty

Nays: None

 

The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted.

7.1.2    MOTION TO APPROVE PROPOSED CHANGE ORDER #02, BUILD-IT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF A CREDIT FOR $4,289.00 FOR SIDING WORK AT 68 GRAND STREET (FISH 160079)

 

A motion to approve was made by Vice Chairperson McMahon and seconded by Commissioner Green

 

 

A roll call was taken with the following results:

 

Yeas:  Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty

Nays:  None

The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted. 

 


7.1.3     MOTION TO APPROVE PROPOSED CHANGE ORDER #03, BUILD IT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC., FOR CERTAIN EXTERIOR ELECTRIC METER AND WIRE WORK IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,264.00 AT THREE SITES, 68, 109-111 GRAND STREET, AND 37 WARE STREET (FISH 160079), PENDING FINAL APPROVAL BY THE PROJECT ARCHITECT AND THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

 

A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Green and seconded by Vice Chairperson McMahon

 

A roll call was taken with the following results:

 

Yeas: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty          

Nays:    None

The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted.

 


7.1.4     MOTION TO AWARD CONTRACT EXTENSION, IFB 2015-27, CARPET INSTALLATION SERVICES TO ROGER LAROCHELLE, D/B/A/ ROGER’S FLOORING, 23 SPRING STREET, PELHAM, NH 03076, FOR A NOT TO EXCEED TERM AMOUNT OF $77,000 FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2016-2017

 

A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Green and seconded by Vice Chairperson McMahon

 

A roll call was taken with the following results:

 

Yeas: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty          

Nays:    None

The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted. 

 


7.1.5     MOTION TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND EXECUTION OF THE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION AND BY-LAWS OF THE REVITALIZATION EFFORT TOWARD NEW URBANISM, INC. (RENU)

 

A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Green and seconded by Vice Chairperson McMahon

 

A roll call was taken with the following results:

 

Yeas: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty

Nays: None

The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

None

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

The Secretary reports that the December meeting is Commissioner Green’s last Board meeting because his term is up at the end of the year.  The Secretary expressed his gratitude to Commissioner Green for his service to the Authority’s Board, highlighting Commissioner Green’s strong leadership and mentoring skills, and his attentiveness to the needs of LHA residents. Commissioner McMahon also extends his warm wishes to Commissioner Green. The Secretary presented the Board with a keepsake from the original North Common Village property built in 1939.

 

ADJOURNMENT
A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Green, and seconded by Vice Chairperson McMahon

 

A roll call vote was taken with the following results:
Yeas: Commissioner Green, Vice Chairperson McMahon, Chairperson Sullivan Talty
Nays: None
The Chairperson declared the motion carried and the vote adopted

Meeting adjourned:  5:30pm            

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