MAMMOTH LAKES HOUSING, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, April 7, 2014
Mammoth Lakes Housing Conference Room
587 Old Mammoth Rd.
I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
Members Present: Kirk Stapp, Larry Johnston, and Dan Holler
Members Absent: Rick Wood and Bill Taylor
Staff: Jennifer Halferty, Patricia Kent, Jen Daugherty (Town), Nancy Mahannah (Mono County Health Department)
Public: Tom Mazaitis, Lesley-Anne Hoxie, and Leigh Gaasch
III. Public Comments
Tom Mazaitis introduced himself as an interested Board Member. Lesley-Anne Hoxie also introduced herself.
IV. Approval of Minutes from the March 3, 2014 BOD Meeting
Dan Holler moved to approve the minutes. Larry Johnston seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
V. Board Member Reports
Larry Johnston explained that there was a new investment pool operated by Mono County that MLH may be interested in participating in. Jennifer Halferty will meet with Leslie Chapman to discuss details and options.
Dan Holler explained the difficulties in the Town’s budget. The Zoning Code Update is also moving forward. Town Clean Up Day will be May 17th.
Kirk Stapp explained that the Town has some great amenities to be proud of: trails, a new bowling alley, and a renovated athletic center.
VI. MLH Monthly Status Report
Jennifer Halferty highlighted the success of the new website. She gave an update on Meridian Court and Aspen Village units. She also detailed the work that staff has done on the new No Smoking Policy and the Town’s CDBG application for $1.25 million.
VII. Review and Approval of a Resolution for the No Smoking Policy
The Board reviewed the No Smoking Policy. Jennifer Halferty explained that the implementation on current lease agreements would be staggered and that the definition of “smoking” is from the Town’s ordinance. Nancy Mahannah from Mono County Health Department clarified her role in the implementation. She will help design and order signs as well as enforce the new policy. Jennifer Halferty commended the group effort. Larry Johnston moved to adopt the No Smoking Policy. Dan Holler seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
VIII. Review and Discussion of the Town of Mammoth Lakes Draft Housing Element Update
Jennifer Halferty explained that the Town is updating the State mandated Housing Element portion of the General Plan. Having the Housing Element in compliance makes the Town eligible to receive grant funding. Jen Daugherty explained that not much has changed in the Draft Update but that Chapter 5 is very important. This Chapter allows the Town to evaluate its progress toward implementing housing programs.
Leigh Gaasch asked the Board why so many home improvement requirements were being asked of community members such as fireplace upgrades and low-flow water appliances. Jen Daugherty explained that fireplace inserts did not need to be upgraded (as long as the unit was not sold) for ten years. Additionally, Dan Holler said that the Water District has funds to help homeowners install low-flow appliances.
Leigh Gaasch also commented that the Town should not focus low-income housing in the Sierra Valley Sites. She believes that it should be more dispersed throughout the Town. She also mentioned that she thought low-income housing should have ample parking, snow storage, and outdoor space.
Kirk Stapp explained that the Sierra Valley Sites are zoned RMF-2 which has led to the high density of the area. Larry Johnston explained that one solution to some of these issues may be to re-zone parts of the neighborhood for lower density uses.
Staff will ask residents of MLH properties to participate in Town Clean Up Day on May 17th.