Keith Antonson: 2005 was a year full of successes |

Keith Antonson: 2005 was a year full of successes

I am proud to issue this annual report of the Moffat County Housing Authority for the year that ended Dec. 31.

Last year marked Moffat County Housing Authority’s 30th year of offering safe, decent and affordable housing to senior citizens and physically disabled residents of our community.

Reflecting back on the past 30 years, I would like to recognize all the employees, board members and citizens that in the past three decades have contributed in making Moffat County Housing Authority what it is today.

The citizens of Moffat County and the city of Craig can be very proud of the quality housing and services that are offered to the senior citizen members of our community.

I think most would agree that no city is great unless its senior citizens are served well.

On behalf of the board of directors and a dedicated staff, it is our hope that Moffat County Housing Authority contributes to our community by meeting that responsibility.

How we care for our senior citizens and physically disabled members of our community is a barometer of our city.

The past year has seen many accomplishments and goals reached by the Housing Authority.

I would like to take this opportunity to make special recognition of a couple of accomplishments.

The bonds that were originally used to finance Sunset Meadows I were paid off. The building is now mortgage-debt free, primarily because of a grant from the Department of Local Affairs.

We are equally proud of our staff’s performance in the past year. Through the staff’s efforts, Moffat County Housing Authority has again achieved a high performance rating of 98 percent in the Public Housing Assessment System that is conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This score was the highest ever achieved by the Moffat County Housing Authority. This performance, in part, led to the Housing Authority receiving an Incentive Performance Award.

Please take a moment to note our many other achievements in the past year.

We held a solid 98.7 percent occupancy rate.

Remained financially healthy with a clean fiscal audit.

Purchase order system expanded to all facets of operation.

Reserve account now on deposit that is equal to three months of operating expenses for both Sunset Meadows I and Sunset Meadows II.

Awarded a grant from the Department of Local Affairs that was used to install new carpet at Sunset Meadows I.

Energy efficient lighting installed in the commons areas at Sunset Meadows I.

Incandescent lighting replaced with a whiter, brighter and more efficient fluorescent lighting in apartment kitchens.

Board of directors adopted and completed their self-evaluation of board performance in 2005. This will become an annual evaluation.

The board adopted a grievance policy and procedures.

Senior Citizen Bus provided more than 11,500 rides in 2005.

Moffat County Housing Authority Meal Program served more than 13,000 meals through its daily dining and Meals-on-Wheels programs in 2005.

Purchased a minivan to deliver Meals-on-Wheels without spending one local tax dollar.

Developed a 10-year capital needs plan.

Conducted operation with a high degree of integrity, always striving to improve on the services we provide.

Good stewards of taxpayer’s money. Finished 2005 over budget on revenues and under budget on expenditures.

Moffat County Housing Authority is a nonprofit government agency that operates separately from the city of Craig and Moffat County.

No city of Craig or Moffat County tax dollars are used to pay for Sunset Meadows apartment projects. The Housing Authority’s annual budget for Sunset Meadows is separate from the city’s or county’s budget and is funded through federal money, grants and investments. However, it is important to note that the Moffat County Housing Authority Transportation and Meal Programs are subsidized with Moffat County tax dollars for the benefit of the community’s senior citizens.

In closing, I am very grateful to the Moffat County Housing Authority staff. They are a top-notch group of knowledgeable and caring individuals who provide quality services to our clients.

Additionally, I would like to thank the Moffat County Housing Authority Board of Directors and the Moffat County Commissioners for their support in the past year.

Finally, I would like to thank the members of our community for all of the support we have received in the past year. Building and maintaining a successful Housing Authority is much like constructing a quality home: It requires a strong foundation.

Our foundation is the community members that continue to contribute their time, talents, money and resources in an effort to enrich the lives of senior citizens. On behalf of the senior citizens we serve, thank you.

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