The Housing Authority's annual meeting was held on Monday afternoon and Chris Tremblay was elected chairman.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority acknowledged it will look for a new energy contractor to replace CTI Energy Services LLC at the annual Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday afternoon.
"They haven't been responsive in doing their part of the job," Chris Tremblay, the newly elected chairman, said.
Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said the authority will take bids for an energy specialization service to take over for a lot of maintenance, including preventative maintenance.
In addition, Hohn said the top floor of Spring Park will need to be analyzed to determine if the heating units need more coils. There is no timetable, Hohn said, as more elements come into play, including costs and what units need the extra coils the most.
Hohn said the current priority is to keep the units at the required 72 degrees to maintain accordance with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant related to heating systems.
The Housing Authority also finished its fiscal year with zero vacancies. Hohn said having no vacancies to close out the year helps the authority because it is more likely to receive a higher subsidy for its operation.
The governor's proposal intends to consolidate the 240 local housing authorities into six Regional Housing Authorities. In the proposal, Patrick said the RHAs will assume ownership of all state and federal public housing assets and take over operational and fiscal management.
On Aug. 26, the board voted unanimously to disagree with the suggested legislation.
The letter states the Housing Authority agrees that "collaboration of services and merging of agencies would be beneficial in some cases" but also strongly feels that a regional housing authority would negatively impact the Housing Authority's ability to "respond promptly and efficiently to the needs of our residents, would adversely affect our local employment and economy, and would stand in stark contrast to our mission to provide stability, sustainability and accountability on a local level."
In addition to Tremblay being elected chairman, Tori Wilhelm was elected vice chairman for the upcoming year. James Canavan, who was not present, previously told Hohn he did not want to continue as chairman.
The meeting time was also changed from 4:30 to 6:30, starting next month.
The Housing Opportunity Inc. annual board of directors meeting followed immediately afterward, during which board decided to move forward in selling an empty East Quincy Street lot.
The lot will be appraised and then offered to abutters.
In addition, the HOI returned $29,000 to the city based off a HUD-calculation.
"We're interested in helping the city," Hohn said.