MAMMOTH LAKES HOUSING, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, July 2, 2018
Meeting at 5 p.m.
COUNCIL CHAMBER, 437 OLD MAMMOTH ROAD
MINARET VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER, SUITE Z
I. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 5:06 PM.
II. Roll Call
Members present: Lindsay Barksdale, Stacy Corless, Zoraya Cruz, Tom Hodges (arrived at 5:15 PM), Jiselle Kenny, Donna Mercer, Kirk Stapp, John Wentworth
Members absent: Bill Taylor
Staff: Jennifer Halferty, Executive Director and Patricia Robertson, Grant & Financial Associate
III. Workshop – Mammoth Lakes Community Housing Action Plan near-term strategies
The Board discussed the near-term strategies outlined in the Housing Action Plan. Kirk Stapp noted that it may be a good idea to have a joint workshop with the Town Council regarding the prioritization of the strategies, capacity, and funding.
John Wentworth asked how the timeline and the priority ranking work together. Jennifer Halferty explained that the priority ranking was a process through which the Working Group and community members expressed what their biggest priorities were. During the timeline discussion it was understood that there was a need for additional funding in order to accomplish many of the strategies.
IV. Public Comments
There were no comments from the public.
V. Approval of minutes from the June 11, 2018 regular board meeting
Jiselle Kenny made a motion to approve the minutes. Tom Hodges seconded the motion. The motion passed 8-0.
VI. Update and Discussion of MLH – Town of Mammoth Lakes draft contract
Jennifer Halferty explained that staff received the draft deliverables after the June Board meeting. The MLH contract negotiations committee met on Friday, June 29th and asked for staff to do more analysis on the work load demands of the proposed deliverables. Once staff has had a chance to complete this work, the committee will meet again, and then reconvene with the Town committee. Town Council will approve the contract sometime after their Strategic Planning sessions which will occur at the end of August.
Tom Hodges commented that he wants to know what the time commitment is if the housing activities are there, then MLH should ask for more funding. Housing is a top priority then maybe we need more people to do the work.
VII. Accept the Transition Plan for the Executive Director Position
Jennifer Halferty gave an overview of the proposed Transition Plan. Kirk Stapp made a motion to accept the plan. Jiselle Kenny seconded the motion. The motion passed 8-0.
VIII. Review & Direct Staff on the reserves and allocation of the fiscal year 2017/18 support & revenue over expenditures
Jennifer Halferty gave an overview of the reserve balances and excess support/revenue over expenditures. She noted that important items to support may be additional legal fees. Tom Hodges noted that MMSA retires office equipment after 5 years and the MLH computers are about 8 years old and that deed restriction retention is an important component to preserving units. There was staff direction to leave the unrestricted revenue in the checking account, so that if something comes up it is available.
IX. Adopt the Resolution Number 18-07 authorizing the application of a Mammoth Lakes Housing for a Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) application for 238 Sierra Manor Road adaptive reuse
The Board discussed the grant application. Kirk Stapp made a motion to adopt Resolution 18-07. John Wentworth seconded the motion. The motion passed 8-0.
X. Update on The Parcel, formerly known as the Shady Rest Parcel, for workforce housing owned by the Town of Mammoth Lakes – informational item
Sandra Moberly, Town of Mammoth Lakes Planning & Economic Development Director, noted that the The Parcel update has been moved to the 2nd Town Council meeting in August, which will take place on August 15, 2018.
XI. Board Member reports
Stacy Corless announced that the Board of Supervisors reviewed the Housing Tool Box, which was created through a community process on June 19th. The Board of Supervisors is very supportive of working with the Town and MLH. At the July 10th meeting the Board will renew the suspension of the Housing Mitigation Ordinance to allow more time for community input.
Tom Hodges requested that the Mammoth Lakes Housing Board of Directors review the Livability Standards. He also requested a presentation on 238 Sierra Manor Road for an upcoming meeting.
John Wentworth announced that at the August 1st Town Council meeting there will be a discussion regarding MLH being a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and whether or not it is too constraining since there can only be 1/3 elected officials or public employees on the Board of Directors. This meeting will include a discussion of MLH’s role in the implementation of the Housing Action Plan.
Lindsay Barksdale reported that she passed on a grant application to MLH staff from Eastern Sierra Community Bank.
Kirk Stapp stated that ESTA is short-staffed by approximately 6 drivers. They are worried about being able to provide adequate service for the summer and special events, and they will need to revisit their pay scales in order to be able to compete for employees.
XII. MLH Monthly Status Report
Jennifer Halferty reported that 85% of homeowners had responded to the annual monitoring, there are currently 71 households on the rental waiting list which is the largest waiting in 5 years, MLH filled one rental unit with a single mom working in tourism/hospitality and used the Town HOME Program Income to assist a single person purchase a one-bedroom condo who works in recreation and sales. She noted that the year-to-date single family home price is $890,000 and the condo price is $389,000. She also announced that the Community Rental Vacancy Bulletin Board is back up on the MLH website and available to landlords and tenants to use free of charge.
Sandra Moberly, Town of Mammoth Lakes, said thank you to Jennifer for her twelve years of service and that she and the Town staff wished her the best of luck.
Stacy Corless announced that Jennifer was appointed to the Board of Supervisors by the Governor today.
XIII. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 PM.