Continuing to serve

Moffat County Housing Authority lists achievements of 2006 in annual report

Beverly Higgins has seen many improvements during her seven years at Sunset Meadows II.

Most recently, she was appreciative of receiving new sinks and countertops in her home.

The Moffat County Housing Authority announced those and other achievements in 2006 in its annual report, released last week.

The Housing Authority's mission is to provide housing for senior citizens and those who are disabled. The organization operates Sunset Meadows I and II on Ledford Street.

"This past year has seen many goals and achievements reached by the Moffat County Housing Authority," board secretary Keith Antonson wrote in a press release.

Among its list of accomplishments, the organization finished 2006 over budget on revenue and under budget on expenses, completed a user-friendly mailroom at Sunset Meadows II and served 6,272 meals to senior citizens in the Sunset Meadows dining room.

The Housing Authority provided 10,990 rides on the Moffat County Senior Citizen Bus during the year and served 6,695 residents through the Meals-on-Wheels program.

The Department of Local Affairs awarded the agency a grant to repair and replace the kitchen and dining room roof this year.

Sunset Meadows II resident Lavene Smith is happy with the continuing improvements.

"They're always doing lots of improvements around here," Smith said.

Also, Sunset Meadows was rated above average in the 2006 Housing and Urban Development annual administrative and management review. The Sunset Meadows facilities received physical inspection ratings of 95 and 98 on property mainten-ance.

The housing complex maintained a 98.6 percent occupancy rate.

Antonson wrote that donations and contributions from the community of Maybell, City Market, Moffat County United Way, Craig Kiwanis Club and the county and a grant from DOLA made possible a new senior citizen bus for Maybell.

Also, help from donations made it possible to build a chain link fence around Sun-set Meadows I.

"I feel very fortunate to be supported by a caring and loyal staff," Antonson wrote. "The success of the Moffat County Housing Authority is greatly dependent on their hard work and commitment that they extend on a daily basis."

John Henry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or jhenry@craigdailypress.com.

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