By John Anderson
The Auburn Housing Authority met on Tuesday, September 3 for their monthly meeting at the Pakachoag Village Community Room. In attendance were Ann Weston, Alice Rea, and Wayne Page along with Executive Director Lori Brennan. Ann Weston chaired the meeting in the absence of Roberta Briggs.
The opening citizen comments brought up concerns about the lack of assigned parking spaces, land clearing between the complex and the church rectory, and lack of notification for this meeting. While some issues were put to rest by the Board and Ms. Brennan, the parking issues were extended to the next meeting.
Wayne Page made a motion to begin each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, and it both passed unanimously and drew a round of applause from the 10 or so residents in attendance. Wayne also reported on a drainage issue being addressed at Auburn Youth and Family Services at Pheasant Court. He will report back when the scope is determined.
Director Brennan reported 100% occupancy at all five locations and said maintenance and improvements are ongoing. In addition to painting in the halls of Pakachoag Village and Stoneville Heights, Auburn Heights will be getting illuminated hall signage; Pakachoag Village will see the installation of emergency lighting in the oldest section; and a 30hr/wk office worker will be added. A plan is also developing to help residents properly dispose of used light bulbs per public health guidelines.
Evaluation procedures for the Executive Director were briefly discussed but postponed to the next meeting. As a new member to the authority, Wayne Page did not feel he had enough background to vote on this matter. Closing citizen comments focused on maintenance issues which Director Brennan took note of. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1, at Stoneville Heights.