Columbus Consolidated Government

Land Bank Authority
Board Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2013
10:00 a.m.

A meeting of the Land Bank Authority Board was held on June 5, 2013 in the Deputy City Manager’s Conference Room at the CCG Annex Building.

Members Present: Steve Anthony Justin Krieg
Carson Cummings Susan Cooper
Lance Hemmings

Absent: Thomas Gristina Tammy Mayer

Also Present: Mark McCollum Deborah Meadows
Amy Carbajal Lenora Smith

Call to Order/Establish Quorum

Board Chair Justin Krieg called the meeting to order. A quorum was present.

Approval of Minutes March, April, May 2013

Board Member Lance Hemmings made a motion to approve the March, April, May, 2013 Minutes as presented. Board Member Carson Cummings seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Financial Update

Board Chair Justin Krieg reported that the balance of Land Bank funds remains the same.

Review/Discussion from Worksession Tour April 10, 2013

Everyone agreed the work session tour the Land Bank Authority took on April 10th was very successful in determining areas for future property acquisition.

NSP Funding (Neighborhood Stabilization Program)

There is potential for the Land Bank Authority to take advantage of some program income from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds. The NSP funds are Federal money that was invested in the community. Money has come back to the City and needs to be reinvested within the City with some stipulations. The Land Bank Authority has the authority and ability to tap into those funds for property acquisition, some stabilization and some maintenance in specific areas. There are specific properties that we can use those funds for.

Cathy Williams from NeighborWorks Columbus made a suggestion to Amy Carbajal, Community Reinvestment Director, to have NeighborWorks Columbus assist in the rehabilitation process of any Land Bank Authority property acquisitions through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. The Land Bank Authority would acquire the property then turn it over to NeighborWorks Columbus to do the rehabilitation work.

Land Bank Authority Board Meeting
June 5, 2013
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Board Chair Justin Krieg, suggested that Cathy Williams come to our next Board Meeting in July. The general consensus was that it would be beneficial to the Board. Board Chair Justin Krieg said he would get in touch with her and invite her to the next meeting.

5836 Pratt Avenue

Board Chair Justin Krieg hired a maintenance contractor to cleanup the yard as best as possible, considering the condition of the property. The interior of the house is in very poor condition with a great amount of debris and trash that needs to be completely removed before any other cleanup can take place inside. After a great deal of discussion, the Board agreed that after the interior debris is removed, the inside should be basically gutted and taken down to the bare studs. The property will then be put on the market to sell to a low-moderate income homeowner or to an investor for rehabilitation with the end user being either a low-moderate income renter or homeowner.

Determination was made by the Board that the locks need to be re-keyed, all debris and trash removed from inside, carpet torn up and removed and possibly after an evaluation of the condition, a screened-in back porch taken down. The Board discussed how much money they felt it would take to proceed in the cleanup. The amount of $5,000 was determined to be the maximum that should be spent. Board Chair Justin Krieg and Board Member Steve Anthony will go to the property to make a final evaluation then get estimates before any funds are spent for the work.

Board Member Susan Cooper made a motion to accept the $5,000 as the limit of what should be spent for a locksmith, interior cleanup, and possible removal of the screened-in porch with the authorization to move forward and hire the workers needed once the final evaluation is complete. Board Member Steve Anthony seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Hannan Elementary Garden/Neighborhood Connection

Two or 3 of the properties owned by the Land Bank Authority in the East Highlands area are vacant lots with small shotgun houses on them. The Board would like to give those lots to the School District. The lots could be turned into a garden or used as an access point for the school with a gated fenced grass area with a few trees planted.

Board Member Lance Hemmings will contact Laurie Watt and Hannaan Elementary School for their input on the lots.

Old/New Business

The next Land Bank Authority Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.