The Henry County
Governmental Services Authority held a Called Public Meeting at 12:30 a.m. on
Monday, December 14, 2009, in the Community Room,
Reid A. Bowman, Vice-Chairman, District IV Commissioner
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Rick Jeffares, District II Commissioner
Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner
Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner
Also attending were Shay
(NOTE: Audio of this
meeting is available with the
Chairman Mathis called the meeting to order and called for an acceptance of the agenda. Commissioner Basler made the motion to approve the agenda; Commissioner Jeffares seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Discussion regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
Chairman Mathis stated one item that needed to be discussed is within the by-laws that were adopted, Michael Sabine was appointed as an authority to sign documentation of behalf of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Mr. Sabine needs to be removed from this position and another person appointed.
Chairman Mathis asked if Mike Bush, Finance Director has been operating in the Executive Director’s position since the resignation of Mr. Sabine. Mr. Bush stated he has taken over his duties and his current position on the Authority is treasurer.
Ms. Wiley stated that the by-laws could be amended to reflect that the treasurer has the authority to sign documentation. The Board may not need to have an Executive Director position.
Commissioner Bowman stated that signing documents would mean that someone would physically have to attend the closings and this would require a lot of time. Mr. Bush stated there have been several closings and he has not been able to attend them and a representative can attend the closing. HUD, however, has required someone to be there and the closing were rearranged until someone is granted the authority to sign.
Commissioner Bowman stated that there needs to be someone appointed that can attend the closings. Mr. Bush stated there is an effort to try and have a closing attorney that would use the administration building or a local office for all closings. Some of the HUD closing will demand the closing will be out of town.
Mr. Bush stated forty-one (41) homes have been purchased to date. An inventory of the homes will be complied and the purchase of homes will slow down.
Commissioner Basler suggested that Mr. Tommy Smith could be granted the authority to sign and attend the closing.
Commissioner Bowman stated the time frame for spending the funds was down to twelve (12) months and all money that is not spent would have to be returned.
Chairman Mathis asked how much had been spent currently. Mr. Bush stated approximately $2 million. For every home that is purchased and then sold, that income will have to be used before anymore funds can be used.
Chairman Mathis stated it was mentioned that there was someone already working that could possibly represent the county at the closings. Mr. Bush stated Larry Ceminsky, a consultant could be someone that would be a good fit to represent the county at the closings.
Commissioner Basler made the motion to cease the purchase of homes for thirty (30) days; Commissioner Jeffares seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Mr. Bush asked for clarification that no more offers will be made but if an offer has been made go ahead with the process. The Board agreed.
Mr. Bush stated from the time that Mr. Sabine left the NSP need an officer of the Governmental Services Authority to sign documents and he signed those documents. Those documents need to be ratified.
Bowman made the motion to assign the
duties of the Executive Director to the Treasurer and authorizing the Treasurer
to sign documents on behalf of the Governmental Services Authority and to give
the Treasurer the ability to grant a Limited Power of Attorney to Larry
Ceminsky to sign documents for closings of property acquired under the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program;
Approval of minutes
Commissioner Bowman made the motion approve the October 6th meeting; Commissioner Jeffares seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Commissioner Bowman made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Jeffares seconded. The motion carried 5-0-0.
Shay Mathis, Secretary