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Affordable Housing Committee Minutes 05/06/2013

Lenox Affordable Housing Trustees Meeting
May 6, 2013

Committee Members present:  Kate McNulty-Vaughan (KMV), Ellen Jacobson (EJ) and Olga Weiss (OW).  Trustees present:  Kate McNulty-Vaughan (KMV), Ellen Jacobson (EJ), Jackie McNinch (JM) and Olga Weiss (OW).

Committee Members Absent:  Debbie Burke (DB) and Jo Anne Magee (JAM).Trustees absent:  Debbie Burke (DB) and Jo Anne Magee (JAM).

Also in attendance: Mary Albertson (MA), Town Planner.  

OW served as Chair.  A quorum of the Committee was not present and the meeting was not opened.  A quorum of the Trustees was present and the meeting was opened at 4:10PM.


The minutes were tabled.  

Sub-Committee Reports:

Public Relations

KMV continues to work with Claudie Duby to finalize information for the website.  

Mortgage Program

MA informed the Trustees that Katharine Klein, Kopelman and Paige, provided examples of fair housing marketing documents from Amherst and Norfolk.  MA provided copies of documents from Amherst and Norfolk.  She suggested that the Trustees follow the Norfolk check-list format.  Discussion ensued regarding the format for the Lenox check-list.  OW volunteered to prepare a draft check-list.  JM volunteered to prepare a draft flyer.  

JM offered an update on her outreach efforts with banks.  The Bank of Canton, Berkshire Bank and Lee Bank still have funds available.  Hoosic Bank has limited funds available.  Given the popularity of the program the Trustees determined they should meet again next week to finalize the check-list and flyer.  The meeting will be Monday – May 13 @ 11:30 AM.  If a quorum is not available – the backup date will be Wednesday – May 15 @4:00 PM. MA will contact JAM and DB to determine their availability.  

Sawmill Brook

The agenda item was tabled.  

New Member Candidate

MA said Charlene Rosen is interested in joining the Committee.  

Responses and Responsibilities, The Curtis

MA said the DB had asked that this item be included on the agenda.  Since DB is not in attendance MA suggested tabling the discussion.  OW said she has been out of town and asked for an update regarding The Curtis fire.  EJ offered an update. EJ is a resident of The Curtis and reported that most residents have been allowed to return to their apartments.  

JM made a motion to adjourn at 4:49 PM.  KMV seconded the motion and the vote was 4-0 to approve.  

Respectfully Submitted,
Mary Albertson, Town Planner

Approved:   May 13, 2013

Lenox Town Hall  6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240   PH: (413) 637-5500