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Fullerton City Lights Citizen SRO Advisory Committee Minutes March 6, 2003

Redevelopment Conference Room
March 6, 2003 - 4:00 PM


CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 4:02 p.m., by Co-Chair Gillespie

ROLL CALL:

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: William McGarvey
Carolyn Johnson
William Gillespie
Glenna Axe
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: None
STAFF PRESENT: Linda Morad, Housing Supervisor, Ken O'Leary, Redevelopment Project Administrator, and Beverly Norton (Clerical Support)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRESENT: Frank Rubi, Resident Manager
Gabriela Michel, Property Mgmt.
OTHERS PRESENT: Ken Del Chario, Adelphia

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

A MOTION was made, SECONDED and CARRIED by members present, to approve the Minutes of January 9, 2003 as written.

IN REMEMBERANCE:

Co-chair Gillespie asked for a moment of silence in memory of Committee Member Gwen Ferguson who recently passed away.

COMMITTEE VACANCY

Housing Supervisor Morad advised the Committee that the City had a pending application on file and that one person has already been interviewed. The developer has two more people they would like to interview. Those interviews will take place during the next two weeks.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

The nominees were:

Interim Chair: William Gillespie
Vice Chair: William McGarvey

Nominees accepted.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED by all members present, to elect the nominees as stated above.

DISCUSSION OF WORK PROGRAM/ACTIVITIES:

QUARTERLY INSPECTION SCHEDULE

Housing Supervisor, Morad advised the Committee that the City Inspector, Mike Austin, would conduct an inspection in April. The Committee concurred to postpone their discussion of which Committee Members would complete the next quarterly inspections until the next meeting May 1.

EMERGENCY RESPONSES

Housing Supervisor Morad stated that the Fire Department has no issues at this time, and is happy to report that the count for the last month was zero. The Police Department is pleased that the number of calls has dropped. Mr. Rubi, Manager of the Fullerton City Lights, was asked what he thought may have contributed to the downward trend. Mr. Rubi replied that the troublemakers have moved.

TV ANTENNAS

One antenna was believed to be adequate to provide service to the building, however, the signal was not strong enough, and two more antennas were added. Housing Supervisor, Morad explained that there are two issues with multiple antennas. The view from the top floor windows of the luxury apartments being constructed across the street, and that the building is in non-compliance with the City's Ordinance.

The Committee asked what conditions are listed in the original agreement between the City and the developer. Redevelopment Project Administrator O'Leary said that the agreement only states that the owner must provide an operating television system. He did not believe there was any mention of whether the residents would have to share in the cost. Ms. Morad stated she would have that information available for the next meeting.

Mr. Rubi said that if the two existing antennas were removed to comply with the City's Ordinance, parts of the building would not get adequate reception. Committee Member Gillespie replied that another solution would have to be found.

Ms. Michel, Property Manager for Solari Enterprise, noted that all of the rooms are wired for cable for those residents who wish to pay for that service. The owner would not be responsible for that cost.

OTHER BUSINESS

Committee Member Axe asked Mr. Rubi for an update on the apartments that were cited for poor housekeeping during the last inspection, and if there have been any further water damage to the wall in the garage since the rain. Mr. Rubi advised that the residents who were cited received a notice of correction, and management conducted a second inspection to make sure the rooms were clean. It appears that the water leak has been corrected.

Mr. Rubi mentioned that an alarm (a Panic Bar) was recently installed to alert management if someone is trying to get to the roof. He said there have been no incidents, but the alarm was installed as a precaution.

Redevelopment Project Administrator O'Leary informed the Committee that the Orange County medium income has gone down, and it appears that there will be no rent increase this year.

Committee Member Mc Garvey asked if any of the residents were struggling to meet their rent. Mr. Rubi replied that there were a few residents that make partial payments due to the nature of their job. The $387.00 rental units seem to be the most troublesome.

NEXT MEETING SCHEDULE:

Committee Member Johnson suggested that the Committee meet every two months until such time there is a pressing issue. All Committee Members agreed. The item will be placed on the next agenda.

The next meeting will be May 1, 2003.
The next Committee Member inspection will be July 2003.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Committee Member McGarvey moved that the meeting be adjourned, which was seconded and CARRIED by members present. The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

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