The Housing Authority will wait for a report from Hesnor Engineering Associates to evaluate its current energy contractor.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority is waiting for a report from a local engineering firm to see if the work of CTI Energy Services LLC is up to par.
Attorney Steven Narey of Donovan and O'Connor told the board on Monday evening that the report from Hesnor Engineering Associates PLLC is expected back this or next week.
"At this point, based on what comes out of that report, we'll be able to know which way we are going with CTI, because not only do we have to close out the loan, but there's also a 20-year measurement verification process we engage with," Narey said.
CTI has been managing the authority's energy performance contract
, made possible by a $3.2 million federal Housing and Urban Development loan.
Board Chairman Chris Tremblay said CTI has a commitment to uphold to achieve the savings promised.
"And at this point we have a little bit of a situation with them where they're not performing in year one," Tremblay said.
Narey said he will work with the board after the report is received to create a strategy going forward.
The authority also received communication from HUD approving the Rental Assistance Demonstration program for Brayton Hill. The Housing Authority will take over the Section 8 program for 58 units.
Although the board didn't approve a budget for fiscal 2014, they approved for Executive Director Jennifer Hohn to allot the scheduled annual salary increases to her staff.
The board also decided to hold off further budget decisions until Sue Honeycutt of Fenton and Ewald reviews the budget with them next month.
The Housing Authority also approved bad debt write-offs of $12,865 for people who don't live in its units any longer. Hohn said the number is pretty low compared to the current rent roll of about $85,000, an increase from about $60,000 five years ago.
Board member Jim Canavan asked if that amount was worth going to collections, but fellow board member Marie Harpin said it'd cost more than it was worth to go through the process.
The Housing Opportunity Inc. board, which met immediately after the authority board, will keep moving forward with dissolving and surrendering its assets to the city. Narey will file with the attorney general requesting for permission to dissolve, which Tremblay said could happen in the next 30 days.
The board hopes to dissolve by the end of the year, but Tremblay doesn't think it will happen that quickly.
In addition, HOI received a letter of interest for a vacant lot on East Quincy Street. Hohn sent the party a letter offering her a chance to buy the property at the appraised $21,000.
HOI also received a communication from North Adams Ambulance Service stating they have no interest in its properties at 553 and 555 River St. The service was offered first refusal on the abutting land.