Housing Board seeks new member

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 5:30pm

The Housing Board is looking for an individual to fill a seat on the board that is vacant due to a member choosing not to sign on for another term.

According to the legislation that created the Housing Board, the board comprises seven members, “all of whom shall be year-round residents of Block Island.”

Three of the board members “shall be elected at-large on a non-partisan ballot by voters of the town of New Shoreham to four-year terms.” As for the remaining four seats, “the Town Council shall appoint four other members for two year terms. Two members shall represent a conservation group and a housing advocacy group respectively, the third shall be knowledgeable in real estate in the town. The remaining member shall be from the community at large.”

The Board is looking to fill the housing advocacy seat, which is being vacated by outgoing member Pattie Murphy. The board is specifically seeking anyone who currently has affordable housing on the island. Anyone seeking housing is not eligible to serve.

The board is currently in the midst of trying to maneuver its way through getting the Cherry Hill Lane affordable housing subdivision into the construction phase. Plans have been drawn up and approved, but the first round of RFPs yielded two responses far above what the Housing Board had budgeted.

The board is now rethinking the scope of the bids and will send out a new RFP to reflect the adjusted plans. It would like to move forward with a full board.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said member John Spier.

“There’s a lot of cool stuff going on,” said member Rosemary Tobin.

Anyone interested in serving on the board should send a letter to the Town Council.