THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TO TENANTS AND THE PUBLIC DUE TO COVID CONCERNS
The REGULAR meeting of the LHA was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at The Curtis, 6 Main Street.
The meeting was called to order by C. May at 4:30 p.m.
1. Roll Call: Present - C. May, Chairman/State Appointee, D. Kirby, treasurer,
D. Prew, member, K. Graham, member, C Ramsey, member
B. Heaphy, Executive Director,
Others Present - tenants: D. Sheldon, T. Miller, R. Pellicotti
Absent - J. Mercer, Commercial Property Manager
a. Tenant Forum: No requests.
b. Minutes: Motion made by K. Graham, seconded by D. Kirby to approve the
minutes of the May meeting. All members voted in favor.
c. Curtis Commercial Space:
Barbara reported that a Child Psychologist is interested in taking the yoga space
stating with Sept. 1st for $1700 a month - five-year lease. J. Mercer is getting a price
to put a bathroom in one of the small rooms. This would be an estimate from Salco
Construction. The project would be put out to bid using DHCD Construction
guidelines. Salco estimate on painting Curtis front porch is $37,383. Board found it
high and didn't see the necessity to paint at this point. The porch looks to be in good
condition with exception of the ceiling.
d. Accounts Payable:
Barbara reported that as of April 30, 2021, 689 balance is $95,224.12. 4001
balance is $149,334.59 Commercial balance is $102,269.27. Commercial savings
is $60,569.51. All rents are paid in April.
Vacancies - One vacancy at Turnure Terrace will be filled July 1st, possibly two. That
leaves one vacancy that needs major reconditioning. It should be ready by August
1st. A two-bedroom list was pulled and an applicant from Dalton has been verified. It
might be leased up by July 1st.
Waitlists - 869 elderly/handicapped, 2461-families.
Building Property Maintenance - At Turnure Terrace, Mike and his helper, Rusty
Wehner painted the small room on the left as you walk into the Community building.
They installed cubbies for each tenant to receive Housing Authority notices. Once
cubbies are numbered, they will be used for notices from the office. This saves staff
the time from going door to door as has been done in the past. Immobile tenants will
have the option of email by providing LHA with an email address. The 25 West Street
689 residence got a much-needed power wash.
Regulatory Updates - Mask requirement notices were replaced with "Masks aren't
required in community spaces for the vaccinated. Unvaccinated are expected to
continue wearing masks in all Community areas.
Town of Lenox- Cell antenna: Barbara went over the lease agreement with Anthony
LePore. Chris Ciolfi still has to provide exhibits. DHCD has other requirements for
Chris as well. It should be ready for July Board Meeting.
Personnel Issues - none
Public Housing Notices - Notices from DHCD about the drastic construction cost
increase in recent months. Low bid approval on the last 6 months shows an average
92% increase in construction costs from project creation to contract signing. DHCD is
conducting a cost study to give us updated and accurate costs for all CPS inventory
items, building type replacement costs and labor costs of prevailing wages.
New Business: Barbara requested a Berkshire Bank debit card for expenses that
can't be paid for with a check like paper products from Amazon Business that are
cheaper in most cases. With a debit card we would have more options to buy on line
and get the best deals. Also, the card would be used to reserve and pay for hotels
during conferences. Currently, Barbara used her own card for this. Limit would be
$2500. Motion made by K. Graham, seconded by C. May to approve Berkshire Bank
debit card with Barbara providing monthly statements to the board.
Pignatelli Electric will begin light pole installation at Turnure Terrace on June 21st. Job
will be completed by August 4th. Contract was under $20,000 and signed on May
24th. Motion made by D. Kirby, seconded by D. Prew to approve the contract for the
light pole installation at Turnure Terrace. All members voted in favor.
There were two bids on the roof replacement project at 45 Golden Hill Road: FRG
Contractor Corp from Everett MA @ $48,980 and Larochelle Construction from South
Hadley @ $21,800. The architect reviewed the contractor's previous roofing projects
and recommends Larochelle. Motion made by D. Kirby, seconded by D. Prew to
approve the low bidder. All members voted in favor.
A new state holiday was declared. Juneteenth Independence Day. It commemorates
the Emancipation of the last slaves on June 19, 1865. Motion made by D. Kirby,
seconded by D. Prew to approve for eligible employees and follow the Town guidelines
in observing the holiday. All members voted in favor.
Motion made by C. May, seconded by D. Prew to adjourn at 5:32 p.m. All
members voted in favor. Annual Meeting immediately followed.
Next meeting - July 13, 2021
LENOX HOUSING AUTHORITY
The ANNUAL meeting of the LHA held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 4:30 PM at The Curtis,
6 Main Street.
1. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Catherine May at 5:33 PM.
2. Roll Call: Present - Catherine May, Chairman/State Appointee, D. Kirby, Treasurer, D. Prew,
Member, K. Graham, Member, C. Ramsey, Member
K. Graham nominated D. Kirby Chairman. C. May seconded it. All members voted in
K. Graham nominated D. Prew Treasurer. D. Kirby seconded it. All members voted in
C. May nominated K. Graham Vice Chairman. D. Prew seconded it. All members voted
K. Graham expressed interest in filing the seat on the CPC Committee.
The Board welcomed new member, Carol Ramsey to the Board.
Motion made by K. Graham, seconded by D. Kirby to adjourn the annual meeting at
5:42 p.m. All members voted in favor.
Barbara Heaphy, Secretary