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Housing Committee Minutes 03/09/05
Housing Committee Meeting Minutes
March 9, 2005

Present: Steve Schwab-chair, Bill Randol, Zelda Gamson, Thaw Malin, Steve Gallas, Jim Feiner, Josh Scott, Deborah Cini.

Public: John Abrams, South Mountain Company, and Warren Doty, Chilmark Selectman.

Steve Schwab opened the meeting at 7:30p.m.

The Bills for Vineyard Gazette, Kent Healy and South Mountain Company were approved.

Minutes from February 22, 2005 were approved with amendments.
Minutes from February 23, 2005 were approved with amendments.

John Abrams presented the committee with the Final Report on the Middle Line plan. In summary the report recommends that the Housing Committee with the Board of Selectmen make the following recommendations:

-Select Plan B or C.  Go forward with one plan only.
- Choose to lease the property to a qualified non-profit for development
-Choose to designate the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority to manage rental                                properties for the Town.
- Establish a budget for the next phase of the project using CPA funds.

Bill Randol questioned whether the committee’s earlier recommendation that rental and ownership units be mixed was still important.  John Abrams responded, first, that the distances between the rental units and the ownership clusters was not great and, second, that the clustering of rentals was more practical for construction, although in theory mixing the two types was theoretically appealing.  It would still be possible to mix the two types of housing, however.

Plan C was approved unanimously after a motion to do so was seconded.

Jim Feiner made a motion to lease the land to a non-profit with a memo of understanding to develop the land as the town wishes. Thaw Malin seconded the motion. Motion approved unanimously.

There was a motion to have a non-profit housing authority manage rental units. Motion approved unanimously.

Steve Schwab motioned to have placed on the STM warrant a request to allocate $212,000 from existing Community Preservation Act funds for completion of the plans for the Middle Line property. The motion was seconded and unanimous approval. If the request were granted, an RFP would be issued.

John Abrams mentioned that he is happy to help with the article for STM and the RFP but then would be unable to respond to the RFP.

Meeting adjourned.

-Deborah Cini respectfully submits these minutes.

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