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CHR looks over EAR, new city contract

By Staff | May 18, 2012

Richard Johnson

Board of directors members at the Community Housing & Resources (CHR) addressed important issues at Monday’s meeting including ongoing updates to the Sanibel Plan’s Evaluation & Appraisal Report (EAR) that pertains to them and a new five-year contract with the City of Sanibel.

The first order of business was the annual election of officers. Nominating committee leader Tom Gilhooley provided one name for each office with no other nominations from the floor and all four were unanimously ratified. Board president Richard Johnson will continue to serve in that office as will vice president Ray Pavelka and secretary Armand Ball.

New board member Melissa Rice will serve as board treasurer. Former treasurer John Morley submitted a resignation that was accepted by the board. Morley, who agreed to serve on a temporary basis, is being replaced on the board by Jason Holtz bringing the number of active directors to 10.

City Council liaison to CHR Doug Congress reported on items the city would like changed in the EAR with a deadline for written submissions by CHR of May 25. The deadline was suggested so changes can be included in the City Council agenda for its June 5 meeting.

“You know what your needs are better than anyone,” said Congress. “We want to know your thoughts on things like what is the number of units necessary to meet the demand on the island.”

Armand Ball

CHR’s below market rental units are spread throughout the island and blend in with surrounding housing. CHR has 87 units available right now with an occupancy of 90 percent, according to board member Dorothy Donaldson’s monthly update. Three of the vacant units are undergoing repairs and remodeling.

Congress, who drew up proposed changes and considerations to the CHR contract matrix, briefly touched on those points before the board.

“Our main concern is to make sure CHR remains whole,” said Congress, “and we want to assure you that if CHR must move to another location the city will reimburse you for rent and moving expenses.”

The city also will bear the cost of establishing a new website on which to post board meeting agendas and information to keep the public informed in response to “transparency, documentation and reporting” concerns raised by City Council.

“Your plan runs concurrent with what we want to do, especially with the funding,” Johnson told Congress.

Ray Pavelka

CHR’s contract with the city expires at the end of September. City Council has set its Aug. 7 meeting for approval of the final contract to take effect Oct. 1.

Rice’s treasurer’s report indicated rental income was short for the month, but personnel expenses were down mostly because they were without an executive director (salary) for several months. Overall expenses are in line with the budget.

One unit remains available in the Limited Equity Ownership (LEO) program after the latest potential sale of the unit fell through. A total of 14 units have been sold under the program, according to LEO committee chairman Phil Marks.

Melissa Rice