Fayette County Housing Authority board members and others need to step up to the plate

This is worth the read even though it is long….

The housing authority solicitor in response to a citizen questioning housing authority board attendance said, according to the newspaper, that the county commissioners oversee the authority’s board appointments. That statement implies that county commissioners stay involved once appointments are made by “overseeing” and that is incorrect.

Commissioners appoint the board members we do not “oversee” because that is the way in which HUD rules apply. It is the commissioners responsibility to appoint good members in the first place. Also, Yauger is reported as saying that there is no written attendance policy for board members. Well then write one and solve the problem. Check with your solicitor, consultants, other housing authorities etc to see the feasibility and allowable options. Don’t ignore it and don’t imply that it is up to county commissioners.

As far as having a contract that was not signed or voted upon, there is absolutely no excuse as all board members, solicitor and executive director know better. Period.

Also board members, solicitor and executive director all know when his contract was set to expire..why wait last minute? Minutes can say anything. Resolution should have spelled it out. Why have one board member negotiate ? That was the boards call (I believe the wrong call but their call) They should have also placed it on the agenda in January for the vote knowing when the contract expired.

But in the end…. don’t make excuses and don’t imply that commissioners are responsible. At least this commissioner is not. My votes are clear when appointing board members. Certain board members of this housing authority (with other political minions) tried once before to taint me by actually lying in public about me and it failed because it was a lie. Do your job as a board member or resign. Do your job as an executive director or resign . Do your job as the solicitor or terminate your contract. Do your jobs as employees.

This was taken from the Herald StandardAt its regular monthly meeting, the Fayette County Housing Authority received and accepted a favorable audit report and also held an executive session to consider its executive director’s contract, which was extended earlier this year unbeknownst to several board members.
The executive session prompted by a Perry Township resident who attended the meeting distributing paperwork that she obtained through a Right-to-Know request showing that authority Executive Director Mark Yauger’s current annual salary is $138,000. That marked a 15% increase from his previous salary of $119,381 per the terms of a five-year employment agreement effective Jan. 1, 2019 signed by Yauger and board Chairman Harry Fike.
The contract stipulations include a monthly car allowance of $650 for Yauger to be adjusted annually at the board’s discretion, and six weeks of vacation annually.

In December 2017, the board in a 4-0 vote approved retaining Yauger for another five-year period at the end of his first employment agreement.
Board member Beverly Beal said in December 2017 that the board wanted to look at the current contract as well as the new proposed contract prior to approving it, according to the minutes from that month’s meeting.
But Beal and fellow board member Joyce Nuccetelli said they did not see the new contract, which Newmeyer questioned the legality of since it did not come before the board for a vote.
Yauger said he negotiated the terms of the contract with Fike at the board’s direction, noting after the meeting that the matter was a misunderstanding that he wanted to see resolved to eliminate any questions about the agreement.
The board took no action on the matter following the executive session and did not discuss it further during the meeting.
Board members Ernest DeBlasio and Kerri Baker were absent from the meeting, and Newmeyer noted Baker’s chronic absences from board meetings. Baker was sworn in as the board’s tenant representative in 2016, and the board expressed concern about her infrequent meeting attendance last year.
Yauger said there were no attendance requirements for board members, and Solicitor Jeremy Davis said the county commissioners oversee the authority’s board appointments.

2 thoughts on “Fayette County Housing Authority board members and others need to step up to the plate”

  1. Thanks for this Commissioner Zimmerlink! Always about the damn car at Housing Authority! Selfish man, geeze. And slick salary increase. The County and it’s Boards are in dire need of repair, or total dissolution.

  2. I have errors in others contact that I am checking on now. Something needs done or someone needs to step down. The one who doesn’t come needs to step down. We have people who are interested in being on board and doing things right. Housing Authority just can’t be one man job making all the decisions. Let’s stand up and do what’s right for the people of Fayette County.

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