TOWN OF MARION
AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST
January 12, 2010
MEMBERS PRESENT: Ora Mae Torres, Chair
ZBA MEMBERS PRESENT:
Robert Wedge, Chairman
ALSO PRESENT: Bradford Eames, Board of Assessors
Catherine Gibbs, Board of Assessors
Norm Hills, Chairman, Conservation Commission
Sherman Briggs, Conservation Commission
Lincoln Miller, Police Chief
Thomas Joyce, Fire Chief
Jeff Habicht, EMS Director
Michael Cormier, Harbormaster
Richard Marx, Building Commissioner
Albin Johnson, Board of Health
Ray Pickles, Town Clerk
MEMBERS ABSENT: Jim Grady
ALSO PRESENT: See attached list
Commencement – Mrs. Torres called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
Moved by Mr. Blanchette and seconded by Mr. Henry to approve the meeting minutes of December 8, 2009 as written. VOTE: 5-0-0
Mrs. Torres noted the governor announced that the Town of Marion received the funding for LNV and that construction would start early spring.
Mrs. Torres announced that Reg Foster resigned from the trust and we wish him well. She also noted that the Trust is seeking new members and all applications are welcome.
Mrs. Torres introduced the MAHT consultant, Karen Sunnarborg who presented a power point presentation draft Housing Needs Assessment to the town.
During the discussion the following issues were addressed:
Define Affordable Housing regarding financial needs
Rents - calculation
Zoning districts and geographic areas
Analysis of recently owned properties – there is an inventory
Marion should partner with developers that have strong track record
Sober houses or special need housing
Continuum of care – look for opportunities
Identifying sites in Marion
Motion to adjourn.
Grace Hatch, Assistant MAHT
Ricky Pursley Tom Shire
Michael Botelho Joseph Keough
Helen Westergard Stu Richardson
Gwen Breault Jay Simmons – 14 Oxford St., Fairhaven
Jack & Sandy Beck