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Housing & Redevelopment Authority - March 13, 2018 Minutes

The annual meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Fargo, North Dakota was held March 13th· 2018 at 1 :30 PM in the Main Conference Room, 325 Broadway, and Fargo, North Dakota.

FHRA Staff Present
Lynn Fundingsland
Amy Rissmann
Scott Noeske
Mike Peters
Jill Elliott
Steve Eickhoff
Kris Visness
Nazar Habib

FHRA Board Members Present
Bryce Alme-Johnson
Thomas Jefferson
Michael Leier
Tonna Horsley

Consent Agenda Resolution #2018-03-01
Horsley/Jefferson
BE IT RESOLVED, the FHRA February Consent Agenda is approved.
Additional staff training and employee Telecommuting Policy

Additions to Agenda RESOLUTION #2018-03-02
Jefferson/Leier
BE IT RESOLVED, the additions to the Agenda are approved.

Addendum to Agenda RESOLUTION #2018-03-03
Horsley/Jefferson
BE IT RESOLVED, the employee Telecommuting Policy is approved.

A review of the efficacy of this policy and other new policies shall be annually reported by management to the Board of Commissioners.

Reports
Financials
Mr. Noeske explained the Balance Sheet for January 2018.

Capital Projects
For Scattered Sites properties, capital remodels are underway. Work on the RAD project continues. For the 2018 Capital Fund, we are waiting for the system to allow entering data.

Deputy Director
Staff is working on getting Bright Sky filled and working on the RAD project. FHRA is happy to report that Finance Manager Scott Noeske was able to submit the REAC report and it came back immediately with no errors. The self-audit for SEMAP (Section 8) was completed and sent into HUD. It appears that FHRA is on track for high performer status. The YWCA and LSS have asked that we consider a preference for our programs for victims of human trafficking. Advocates presented to FHRA staff and present to the RAB meeting for their input. The Nelrod company will do a Utility Allowance study for Cass county area. The cost will be shared with Cass County Housing Authority. Other ND housing authorities have reported a cost savings using Nelrod Utility allowance numbers.

Old Business
Progress with New Horizons RAD
We are using our unencumbered reserve funds to pay the contractor for New Horizons. Those funds will run out by the end of March 2018. FHRA has a line of credit with the Bank of ND. This line may have to be utilized while awaiting the loan closing to prevent work stoppage. Mr. Fundingsland asked the board for authorization to utilize the line of credit if the New Horizons loan closing date extends past 4/10/2018. Mr. Fundingsland will check with the bank to confirm FHRA's options in preparation and communicate to the board.

Lashkowitz AHP Application
Mr. Fundingsland recommends that the application for Section 18 be placed on hold until the new Executive Director is hired. It was reported to the board that an application to the San Francisco Home Loan Bank for a two-million-dollar grant was submitted.

14-3 single family home repossession
The Bank of ND and the FHRA have a lien on this property. A third party is interested in buying the property.

RESOLUTION 03-2018-04
Horsley/Jefferson
BE IT RESOLVED, the motion to allow Lynn to negotiate the terms of sale for FHRA's interests in this property is approved.

ED Recruitment Update
The remaining finalist is scheduled to interview with the board and FHRA management on 3/28/2018.

New Business
NAHRO Committee Representation
This item is tabled until April 2018.

Commercial Tenant Lease
One of our downtown commercial tenants has not paid rent for the past several months. Mr. Fundingsland made the board aware that we will negotiate a catch-up on the rents or, initiate the eviction process.

There being no further business, the regular meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 10th, 2018, at 1 :30 PM.