March 25, 2013

The regular meeting of the City of Mishawaka Redevelopment Commission was called to order at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2013, in Room 205, City Hall, 600 East Third Street, Mishawaka, Indiana. Commissioners Eberhart, O’Dell, Buraczewski, Ermeti, and Pingel were present. Commissioner Stillson was absent. In addition to members of the public, the following were also in attendance: David Thomas, Community Development Director; John Gourley, Legal Counsel; and Kari Myers, Administrative Planner.

Commissioner O’Dell moved to approve the minutes of February 25, 2013, meeting as circulated. Commissioner Ermeti seconded; motion carried.

Subordination Agreement
Mr. Thomas presented a request for subordination agreement for 1315 E. Borley. He said a previous refinance request was presented to the Commission several months ago through another lender and it fell through; he had wanted a big cash out at closing. Mr. Thomas said 1st Source agreed to refinance the existing loan and we will maintain the 2nd mortgage. The homeowner will be getting less than $1,000.00 cash back which he has indicated will be used to pay off bills. Commissioner Ermeti moved to approve the Subordination Agreement. Commissioner O’Dell seconded; motion carried.

2013 HOME Program Income Limits
Mr. Thomas said the South Bend Housing Consortium has set new 2013 HOME income limits which are used to determine eligibility for First Time Homebuyers. No action by the Commission is required; this is for information only.

First Time Homebuyer Update
Mr. Thomas said the house at 126 W. 10th Street should be finished within the next 10 days and 2604 Milburn Boulevard is almost complete as well. He said he wanted to have both wrapped up by April 15 and ready to close. Mr. Thomas said we’ll start another two houses after these close.

Commissioner Eberhart asked if locations had been chosen yet. Mr. Thomas said he would have to provide that information to the Commission and we’re still looking for home buyers.

SOS Update
Mr. Thomas said he met with Paul Baldwin last week and we plan to do four projects again this year, much in the same manner as last year. He said they want to keep the projects simple; clean ups, scrape and paint. He said the churches have agreed to go above and beyond, but that has to be separate from what we do.

Mr. Thomas said Code Enforcement has provided three leads and Redevelopment will work with the homeowners to income qualify.

Resolution 2013-02
Mr. Thomas presented Resolution 2013-02 which reallocates CDBG funds from Program Year 2010 and 2011 to Program Year 2013. He said this is due to IDIS being regulated differently. Mr. Thomas said when our HUD rep looked at IDIS they saw that funds were still in there from 2009 and they now want them more current; within the last program year. He said not that they weren’t spent in a timely fashion; it has gone on like this for years and this Resolution will bring in unspent funds from previous years.

Mr. Thomas said a public hearing will be held for anyone wishing to comment and then after that time, it will be officially accepted. Commissioner O’Dell moved to approve Resolution 2013-02. Commissioner Pingel seconded; motion carried.

Anything Else Brought Before Commission
Commissioner Eberhart asked how leasing is going at the Main Junior High Apartments. Mr. Thomas said he thought perhaps 4 units had been rented, but doesn’t have first-hand information from the Housing Authority.

Next Meeting
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Monday, April 22, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted:

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Kari Myers, Administrative Planner M. Gilbert Eberhart, President

David Thomas, Community Development Director

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