Housing Board has an open seat
With less than two weeks left before election day, the Housing Board announced that it currently has a vacancy. Member Millie McGinnes provided the board with some background during a telecommunications meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
“We have two publicly elected seats this election, and [member] Kay McManus is running for one of those seats. She is on the ballot, and for the second elected position nobody put their signatures in to qualify, so we have a vacancy,” said McGinnes. She said that if anyone had any ideas for someone “running last minute, that would be fabulous.”
“Right now, I haven’t heard anything,” added McGinnes.
Chair Cindy Pappas thought it would be best to consider all options for finding a candidate, with specific interests in reaching out to island homeowners living in the town’s affordable housing developments, such as the Cherry Hill Lane and West Side developments.
“I think it would be nice to find somebody… and not just be a placeholder,” said Pappas.
Member Rosemary Tobin added she would like to find someone of “diversity, a minority in our community” to add more inclusivity to the board.
Pappas asked members Stacy Henshaw and Tobin to take the lead on emailing individuals that live in affordable housing on the island to see if they would be interested in serving on the board.
“I’ll put a draft together and send it to you to take a look,” said Henshaw.
“Sounds great,” said Pappas.
Tobin provided an update on the Cherry Hill Lane Homeowners Association. She discussed what the board will need from the five Cherry Hill Lane homeowners, including a list of individuals who would be interested in running for the association, and a calendar for annual meetings. Resident Pete Tweedy has been volunteering his time to assist the board with establishing the Cherry Hill Lane Homeowners Association.
“We need to set up a meeting with the homeowners and go through this with them… They have to do this, and have agreed to it in the contracts,” said Tobin. Tobin noted that as part of the package for owning a Cherry Hill Lane home, the homeowners must agree to form a Homeowners Association.
“I think we just need to sit down with all of them and say this has to happen and we will help you make it happen… I have 12 things here for them that they have to do,” said Tobin.
“I think that the group is receptive, and I think it needs to be called. For instance, if you decide on a time, let them know the time and the place and I think they will show up. That’s the first thing. They are receptive, they just don’t have experience on how to start things forward. That’s why we pulled Pete in to facilitate,” said Pappas.
Tobin said she would be in touch with the Cherry Hill Lane homeowners to schedule a meeting.