The Sedalia City Council heard a status report regarding the Sedalia Housing Authority, and it seems things are improving for the organization.
SHA Acting Chairperson Deanna Clark spoke during Monday’s pre-council meeting, noting that Executive Director Sheila Jester, who was hired in November, has helped improve the Housing Authority.
“We had an assessment in 2014 and at that time we were deemed to be a Housing Authority that was in troubled status. When (Jester) came on board she knew she was going to have her work cut out for her,” Clark said. “The main thing we wanted her to focus on was with the tenants, our accounts receivables were really high at that time so we wanted her to focus on looking at those accounts that needed to be collected and determining what needed to happen with some of the residents, whether it was time for them to go ahead and move out or if they could pay.”
Clark reported that during a recent partial re-inspection, SHA received all possible financial points, and a tentative physical report of the property was given as suggestions for improvement. SHA scored 84 out of 100, and Clark said the board is looking into ways to spend capital funds on improvements such as drainage and replacing doors, siding and air-conditioning units to help increase the score on the 2016 inspection.
“We’re predicting in 2016 when they come back to inspect that we will actually be a high-performing Housing Authority,” Clark said. “That makes us very, very happy because for quite some time the housing authority has really been in trouble.”
SHA has three housing areas — Anthony Buckner houses 145, Casa Loma houses 50 and Section 8 is fully leased at 270.
“Last month for the first time we were at 100 percent occupancy which was really good,” Clark said. “We have a few units that are offline for modernization; we expect those to be up and going in the next couple of months.”
Clark added that SHA has worked to get Section 8 “fully leased” and has restarted its waiting list after contacting everyone on a previous list and either removing those who couldn’t be contacted or finding them housing.
“The goal of public housing is for people to move in either while they’re going to school or improving their employment,” Clark explained. “We want them to be able to come in, use the housing authority to make their financial situation better and then move on out. We’re seeing that happen more than we were in the past.”
During the meeting council also:
• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a temporary service agreement with Waste Corporation of Missouri for roll-off containers for single-stream recycling.
• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting an addendum to the solid waste disposal agreement with Waste Corporation of Missouri, aka WCA, for the processing of recyclable materials.
• Approved bids of $28,370 from Rick Ball Ford in Sedalia for two Sedalia Police Department vehicles.
• Approved an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 regarding the replacement of a SPD patrol vehicle from insurance proceeds.
• Approved an ordinance amending and adding certain subsections of Section 22-56 of the Code of Ordinances relating to design criteria and standards for stormwater management.
• Tabled an ordinance granting a rezoning application by Lawrence J. Klein for property located at 1602 S. Harrison Ave., 1606 S. Harrison Ave., and 1618 S. Harrison Ave.
• Approved an ordinance establishing a stop sign on Hobby Lobby Drive at the intersection with Leroy Vandyke Avenue.
• Approved Change Order No. 2 from Sterling Excavation & Erection LLC for the Sedalia Wastewater Improvements — north basin relief sewer — for a deduction of $37,733.98.
• Approved an ordinance amending the FY17 budget regarding the transfer of a portion of the Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax revenue to fund stormwater management projects in the Water Pollution Control Fund.
• Approved a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.
• Approved an ordinance amending the FY17 budget regarding asset disposals.
All council members were present.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.