APPROVED Approved 3/31/99
February 10, 1999
HOUSING AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY
9:00 a.m. - Harris Hall Main Floor
Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer (via telephone) present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS
2. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. REPORT Review of Audit Reports and Project Based Accounting Report.
Larry Abel, HACSA, reported that with regard to the audit for review, there were no findings and the report had been submitted to HUD.
Sorenson noted that no findings meant no bad findings.
Abel stated that this year the general accounting principles audit was an option but beginning next year it will be required.
Morrison questioned the actual project based report sheet. She said under the total expenditures there are several items that are asterisks, and she was assuming that the ones under the expenditures relate to the HUD subsidy. She said she wanted clarification why some are and some are not asterisked.
Abel replied the explanation for the asterisk got left off. He said they were indirect expenses and they are allocated based on the number of units. He said in the cases they are not asterisked, they are able to specifically pinpoint them as different developments.
Morrison stated it shows there are three complexes showing deficits. She wanted to know why.
Abel responded the biggest one is McKenzie Village, because they put up a building addition this year that created a deficit. He said the others were because they were smaller housing developments and the costs couldn't be spread as much as with a larger one. He added there is a certain amount of basic maintenance work that has to be done.
Green noted that this was an annual report and it did not require any action. He complimented Larry Abel on the great work he had done.
b. ORDER 99-2-10-1H Authorizing the Executive Director to Apply for Assistance from the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department's Consolidated Funding Cycle (CFC) for the Sheldon Village Housing Development (Phase 1).
Jim McCoy, HACSA, reported that this is a requirement of the state and is part of their application package for help in building affordable housing. He said they are in the process of preparing an application to the state for subsidies that would allow them to get their rents down. He said they are calling it Sheldon Village and it is part of the City of Eugene's land bank. He added it is a three acre site, R3 density, which is medium density. He said it is adjacent to the Oasis Marketplace in North Eugene, across the street from Sheldon High School. He said it is a building project that offers people who live there the opportunity to not drive. He said they have put together a site plan that would build out approximately 90 units on the three acres. He said they are breaking the project into two phases because the state has a cap about the amount of assistance it will provide, and this is for phase one.
Sorenson wondered if there were any local conflicts in the area over the development.
McCoy responded there were none that he was aware of. He said there is an individual that is following it closely and has mixed feelings about any developments on the site. He said they had met with the neighboring property owners, the principal at Sheldon High School and other managers of senior projects and showed them the site design and they didn't express any opposition. He added a number of issues were mentioned that they would like to refine.
Morrison stated she was not supportive of this project. She said she did the breakdown and it comes to $93,000 for each unit. She added it did not include the price of the land and it was a lot of money in construction costs for a one bedroom apartment.
Chris Todas, HACSA, said the object is not how expensive it is to construct compared to the private sector, but to get as much subsidy as possible to keep the rents down. He said he has to depend on whatever subsidy he can get from the federal government and whatever people can afford to pay. He said the federal standard of 30% of adjusted income is used. He said they are there to help low income people get housing at low affordable rents.
McCoy added taxpayer projects look worse than market rate projects because there are a number of costs associated with working with the taxpayer program. He said the construction cost is higher than the Jacobs Lane project. He said the layout of the site will call for more roadway, alleyway and infrastructure than is normally associated with a site. He said there are also additional costs because they are going up 2½ stories. He said the costs are on the high side but not unrealistic.
McCoy added he did an informal market survey of the North Eugene area and the vacancy rate is zero. He said the two bedroom apartments will be renting for $600 and the area needs this type of project. He said they won't have trouble leasing the project.
Weeldreyer stated she appreciated Morrison's comments and knows there is a need in Lane County for affordable housing. She said she supports the effort of HACSA to continue to develop projects like this one.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-2-10-1H.
Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
VOTE: 4-1 (Morrison dissenting).
3. CONSENT CALENDAR
Weeldreyer stated she wanted 3 b pulled and Sorenson requested that 3 a be pulled.
a. Approval of Minutes: January 13, 1999, 1:30 p.m.
Sorenson stated regarding his comments about the past minutes, Arlene Marshall had sent him a thorough explanation of the history of the minutes that included a glowing approval of Melissa Zimmer's work and he wanted to let the Board know how much he appreciated her diligence in getting the minutes out.
MOTION: to approve Minutes of January 13, 1999, 1:30 p.m.
Sorenson MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.
b. ORDER 99-2-10-2H Adopting and Ratifying a Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 3267 and Approving Benefits for Domestic Partners.
Weeldreyer stated she would like the opportunity to say she is not supporting the item and that is why she is taking it out of the Consent Calendar.
Morrison stated she would not be in favor of it because of the difference between same sex and opposite sex. She said the County is bound by the court order for same sex, but not for opposite sex and she will not be in favor of it.
Weeldreyer said laws are forcing the County to be in a position where it has to uphold the decision, extending benefits to domestic partners. She added whether it is same sex or opposite sex, it is in violation of her teachings. She said she understands the position by which the people are asking for the benefits, but personally she is held to a higher accountability and she has to be true to that, so she will cast a no vote.
Dwyer stated he has respect for Weeldreyer and her faith. He said when he swore to uphold the Constitution when he took the job of Commissioner, he had to make a choice to put aside his personal beliefs. He said the County has no latitude whatsoever with regard to same sex marriage or benefits. He said with regard to extending the benefits for opposite sex domestic partners, he said he had to rely on his oath again to support the Constitution, which basically guarantees in the 14th Amendment, the equal protection clause and in the Oregon Constitution. He added people need to be treated fairly. He said the insurance is not very expensive and the analysis showed that only seven people may qualify. He said he will vote yes.
Sorenson noted that it was a compliment to both the AFSCME leadership and the HACSA administration for bringing the labor agreement for ratification by the Board. He added the Board is approving something that shows tolerance. He said the Board should approve the agreement.
MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-2-10-2H.
Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
VOTE: 3-2 (Morrison, Weeldreyer dissenting).
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 9:50 a.m.
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