CMHA receives good news

EAST LIVERPOOL — For the third straight year, the United States Housing and Urban Development listed the Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority among its High Performers, board members learned Wednesday.

During its monthly meeting, CMHA Executive Director Bernard Bennett explained the agency, which was rated based on financial health, management and physical condition, earned the ranking that is only achieved by one-fifth of housing authorities. Other rankings include standard and troubled.

The HUD annual report also includes an in-depth look at occupancy rates, rent collections and accounts payable, financial condition and systems, and capital fund program.

Bennett told CMHA board members, “Thanks to the staff for making look good. I take great pride in this, as it is like a report card for housing authorities.”

Board chairman Ed Croxall agreed that is good news, asking Bennett to convey the board’s congratulations to the staff on the achievement.

“This truly involves everybody, and I know that they will appreciate the board recognized their hard work,” Bennett added.

CMHA has 479 units throughout Columbiana County.

In addition, board members agreed to amending a new procurement policy that will put them in line with recent federal changes for compliance to eliminate retape for projects as well as recognizing inflation since it was last updated in 2008.

Bennett also updated the board that fire officials have ruled that a recent fire at Independent units, which displaced two families, was undetermined origin, explaining he expects it will cost $80,000 to get both units repaired.

With a recent security cameras project completed at Shoub Towers, where they will begin work on the laundry work next week, he has turned his attention towards Woodland Hills, where officials are soliciting bids for installation of 88 cameras to cover the property. Officials are hopeful that the cameras may negate the need for the security gate installation, which is expected to follow in the second phase.