MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA
August 19, 2021
As permitted under the Governor's Executive Order N-25-20, dated March 12, 2020 due to concerns of COVID-19 ("Executive Order"), the members of the Board of Commissioners will participate in the meeting via a teleconference connection at locations that may be located outside of the Agency's jurisdiction. Such locations shall not be publicly disclosed, nor shall such locations be open to the public as is expressly authorized by the Executive Order.
The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara met in regular session on August 19, 2021 via teleconference. Chair Pearson convened the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Upon roll call the following Commissioners were present: Christian Alonso, Lisa Knox-Burns, Robert Doyle, John Lizarraga, Henry Mercado and James Pearson.
Also present were Bob Havlicek. Secretary/Executive Director, Jackie Bordon, Executive Secretary, Irene Melton, Director of Finance, John Polanskey, Director of Housing Development, Sanford Riggs, Director of Operations, Irene Vejar, Director of Human Resources and Nancy Wesoff, Director of Contract Administration and Compliance.
There were no introductions.
PUBLIC HEARING - DRAFT 2022 PHA PLAN AND CAPITAL FUND PROGRAM PROPOSED ANNUAL STATEMENT/FIVE YEAR ACTION PLAN FY2022-2026. The Public Hearing began at 5:02 p.m. No members of the public were in attendance. The Public Hearing was closed a 5:11 p.m.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
No public comments were received.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION by Commissioner Lizarraga, second by Commissioner Burns to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 15, 2021. Commissioner Mercado abstained. All others voted aye. Motion carried.
MOTION by Commissioner Mercado, second by Commissioner Doyle to approve the minutes of the special meeting of July 29, 2021. Commissioner Lizarraga abstained. All others voted aye. Motion carried.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Executive Director reported that staff in all areas are working with clients to get rent relief payments; one client in Goleta was able to pay $11,000 in back rent with the relief funds.
Our new website is up and running. Some edits are still underway; the goal is to have a completely ADA compliant site.
We continue to work with the SMPD to curtail gang activity surrounding our developments in Santa Maria.
We are taking a different approach in selecting a General Contractor for the build out of Harry's House in Santa Ynez. The Executive Director noted that the Rona Barrett Foundation will provide supplemental services to the residents of this new development. Harry's House will serve frail seniors that are able to live independently.
The Pescadero Lofts video is complete. It was created by a UCSB student introduced to us by Commissioner Burns and Supervisor Hart. This video will be used to augment tours and at public hearings. Commissioner Doyle plans to share the video with Kiwanis in Santa Maria. The Executive Director voice his appreciation for the SBSO Foot Patroland neighbors agreeing to be filmed.
APPROVAL OF OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT REPORTS
MOTION by Commissioner Lizarraga second by Commissioner Burns to approve the operation and management reports. All voted aye. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURES
Resolution No. 2925 - Approval of Expenditure List as submitted, including meeting expenses. MOTION by Commissioner Doyle, second by Commissioner Mercado to adopt Resolution No. 2925. Irene Melton answered several questions to the satisfaction of the Board. All voted aye. Motion carried.
COMMISSIONERS' ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
There were no oral communications.
Resolution No. 2926 - Approving and Authorizing the Executive Director or Designee to take all need actions relative to entering a Loan with Five Star Bank in the approximate amount of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars secured by the Real Property commonly referred to as Thompson Park Apartments in Lompoc, CA.Motion by Commissioner Lizarraga, second by Commissioner Mercado to adopt Resolution No. 2926. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Resolution No. 2927 - Authorization to Amend Summary Plan Description and FSA Plan Documents. MOTION by Commissioner Mercado, second by Commissioner Alonso to adopt Resolution No, 2927. All voted aye. Motion carried.
There being no further business to come before the Board, MOTION by CommissionerAlonso, second by Commissioner Lizarraga to adjourn the meeting at 6:20 p.m. All voted aye. Meeting adjourned.
James E. Pearson
Robert P. Havlicek, Jr.