Affordable housing report proposes consolidating agencies to save $450,000

first_img-30- A new report on Vermont’s non-profit affordable housing providers says the state should consider consolidating them and introducing performance measures to increase efficiency and accountability. The report, which was commissioned as a result of the ‘Tiger Team’ efforts by the Douglas administration to find efficiencies and savings in state government, recommends combining the Vermont State Housing Agency; the Vermont Housing Finance Agency; and the affordable housing programs of the Vermont Housing Conservation Board and the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development into one agency.Noting that the non-profit agencies duplicate many functions and each has their own board of directors, offices, and staff, the report estimates conservatively that the annual savings of consolidation would be $450,000, which could be used to build more affordable housing.The report stated:”The dollars at stake are significant: from 2008 to 2010, Vermont invested nearly $211million in building and maintaining affordable housing ‘ almost all of which was eitherstate funds or federal funds that the state manages.The need is great: an additional 13,000 units of affordable housing will be neededbetween 2009 and 2014, according to the 2010 Vermont Housing Needs Assessment.How Vermont chooses to provide affordable housing can make a difference.”The report ‘ prepared by the Weidner Group, a firm specializing in finding efficiencies in government ‘ recommends combining the three non-profit quasi-governmental entities as well as the state’s affordable housing program into one agency, and setting specific goals and performance standards to be met.The $450,000 savings noted would come from eliminating staff:”The consolidation of organizations and programs provides clear opportunities to eliminate redundancy and redirect resources to supportaffordable housing. A review of the Program Assessments, staff rosters, and staff roles provides the following conservative estimates for annual salary savings in Administration positions, using low salary ranges for positions:”‘All of state government has taken steps to increase efficiency and move towards performance-based measures and contracts with our partners,’ said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. ‘Given the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on affordable housing, and the revenue shortfalls the state is facing, Vermonters expect and deserve wise stewardship of their money, and clear indicators of whether they’re getting what they pay for.’‘In addition, there is the savings in both money and time that would result from developers not being required to apply to each board for financing approval, which is what happens now,’ Dorn said. ‘This is a common-sense recommendation that warrants strong consideration.’Consolidating the functions of the non-profits would also increase accountability for achieving results, Dorn said, which is currently difficult because each has only a partial role in many projects.The Summary Recommendations in the report states, in part:”One Consolidated Affordable Housing Agency for the State of Vermont should beestablished. The programs of the Vermont State Housing Agency and the VermontHousing Finance Administration, along with the affordable housing-focused programs ofthe Vermont Housing Conservation Board and the Department of Economic, Housingand Community Development should be consolidated into one Affordable HousingAgency for the State of Vermont.Program performance should be clearly aligned to Priorities and Results. Programsshould measure their performance in ways that demonstrate their contribution to theaccomplishment of Priorities and Results.Select programs should be consolidated. Opportunities for consolidation of programsinclude:â ¢ The present Multifamily Housing programs in VHCB and VHFA should becombined into one program.â ¢ The Single Family Program in VHCB and the Single Family Mortgage Financeprogram in VHFA should be combined into one program.â ¢ The Neighborhood Stabilization Program in DEHCD and the NeighborhoodStabilization: Home Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program in VHFA should becombined into one program.Most programs should remain intact. The remaining affordable housing programsshould be brought into a consolidated agency intact. They provide separate outcomes anddo not appear to be duplicative.Conservation programs should not be included in the consolidated affordablehousing agency. The conservation-focused programs in VHCB should not be included ina consolidated affordable housing organization as they focus on distinctly differentcustomers and goals, objectives and results for customers.”The report has been sent to the governor’s office for consideration.To view the report please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/10-13_Housing_Report_FINAL.pdf(link is external)Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development. 10.26.2010last_img read more

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Colin Reichenberger breaks both 110 and 300 meter hurdles at Wellington Invitational

first_img3Rose Hill45.98 3Ebenkamp, EricaConway Springs12:00.0 3Hamersky, AliciaBelle Plaine16.82 3Jacobson, SpencerCircle13:12.4 1Derry, AllisonCircle12:44.3 1Wellington04:18.0 5Lathers, KayleySouth Haven4’9″ 2Goble, RichieSouth Haven165’2″ 800 Meter 2Fahring, KevinMulvane11.44 4X100 Meter 3Pulliam, JordemMulvane7’3″ 2Priebe, BenRose Hill38’5″ 3Blaylock, RileySouth Haven11’6″ 2McGehee, EmilyRose Hill48.55 1Hilger, KristenConway Springs34’10 1/4 2Carter, AliciaConway Springs34’1/4 110 Meter HH 3Echelberry, SaraConway Springs93’6 Pole Vault 1600 Meter 1Balsters, TylerBelle Plaine09:49.7 1Santo, AlekRose Hill39’11” 2Isaacs, T.Caldwell01:03.5 4X400 Meter 2Conway Springs04:29.4 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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I just wish the school board would have put on the replace list, new bleacher for the Middle School track. Those 2x8x12 are so weathered and very easy to fall threw trying to get to the top. Everyone sets on the bottom seats because no hand rails except at each end. A lot of Seniors I seen. I’ll bring my own chair next time. Bleachers are an accident waiting to happen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down BW1 · 327 weeks ago Congrats to Jaycee Shettler on running a faster 100m than Usain Bolt. Cue – you burried the lead! Report Reply 1 reply · active 327 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 327 weeks ago It was corrected to 12.07. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2Lake, MaloraCircle16.64 Triple Jump Follow us on Twitter. 2Walker, JoshCircle23.87 1Pfalzgraf, AustinWellington02:06.5 3Davis, KeaganCircle02:41.1 2Smith, DevynBelle Plaine12:49.4 3Barker, DillonMulvane42.26 3Conway Springs11:02.6 200 Meter 1Santo, AlekRose Hill6’4 Long Jump 3Hadley, DelaneyCircle31’7″ 100 Meter Shot Put 2Smith, DevynBelle Plaine05:58.2 1Wellington45.06 3Circle04:34.2 2Rose Hill10:54.1 2Arnold, RCaldwell5’1″ 3Davis, KeagenCircle06:00.1 1600 Meter 1Rose Hill52.37 1Wright, HollyWellington15.69 3Conway Springs53.98 400 Meter 1Circle10:41.0 2Balsters, TylerBelle Plaine04:30.4 2014 Wellington High School Invitational Boys Track Results 300 Meter Hurdles High Jump 3Circle09:59.8 4X800 Meter 1Detrick, JackBelle Plaine18’11” 1Evans, IsaiahMulvane149.1 3Spotts, KyleMulvane04:45.0 2Wellington52.9 1Wright, HollyWellington48.17 3Huff, MirandaConway Springs33’5 2Mulvane45.34 3Rodman, DrewRose Hill18’9″ 1Shore, CajenWellington16’5″ by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The weather was conducive to breaking track records Friday, and Wellington High School junior Colin Reichenberger did just that when both boys hurdles records came crashing down.Reichenberger broke David Hall’s 14.5 110 meter hurdle mark set in 1973 when he ran it Friday in 14.48.Reichenberger also broke the 300 meter hurdles record set by… Colin Reichenberger! His 40.49 school record he set in Clearwater this year was broken by himself with a 40.13 time two weeks later. Then on Friday, Reichenberger broke the 30o record for a third time at 40.01.Colin Reichenberger in the 110 hurdles Friday.Right now, Reichenberger is in a battle for the top times in the state in Class 4A. According to stats supplied by Catch It Kansas and updated stats we have, Reichenberger is tied for first in the 110 hurdles with the best time of 14.48 with Chandler Carson of Labette County. He would be third on the 300 hurdle list behind Gunnar Karr of Paola at 39.62 and Garett Britton of Labette County at 39.85 (see results here). Colin Reichenberger gets second record in 300 hurdles.Elsewhere, Wellington had several winners on a perfectly still 70 degree day on Friday.Other winners from Wellington include:Boys•Chance Hain, 100 meters, 11.35.•Austin Pfalzgraf, 800 meters, 2:06.5.•4×100 meter relay, 45.06.Chance Hain was a winner in the 100 meters.Girls•Avery Lewellen, high jump, 5’3”.•Cajen Shore, triple jump, 32’8”.•Cajen Shore, long jump, 16’5”•Holly Wright, 100 hurdles, 15.69.Holly Wright wins another 100 meter hurdles.•Jaycee Shettler, 100 meters, 9:36.0•Leah Nelson, 400 meters, 1:01.3.•Wright, 300 meter hurdles, 48.17.•Jaedyn Ledesma, 800 meters, 2:36.0•Shettler, 200 meters, 26.63.•4×400 meter relay, 4:18.0.There were no team results because this was a participation meet.For pictures of the event click here.Full results of the meet are as follows: Javelin 4X100 Meter 2Isaacs, T.Caldwell26.87 3Carter, AliciaConway Springs95′ 1Brown, AustinMulvane51.96 3Wright, HollyWellington5’1″ 2Conway Springs09:45.7 Triple Jump 4X400 Meter 3Evans, IsaiahMulvane159’7″ Long Jump Pole Vault 1Runyan, MatthewConway Springs12’0″ 2Beard, LaneWellington12’0″ 1Nelson, LeahWellington01:01.3 1Shore, CajenWellington32’8″ 3Oshakuade, PatrickCircle11.52 2Creek, LoganConway Springs138.2 1Shettler, JayceeWellington12:07.0 3200 Meter 1Evans, IsaihMulvane49.5 2Dennison, EmilyCircle98′ Shot Put 1Geschwentner, GrantMulvane174’6 1/2 2014 Wellington High Schol Invitational  Girls Track Results 2Milsap, DominicRose Hill02:41.1 3Rodman, DrewRose Hill134.7 3Pollard, UriahMulvane02:13.3 1Ray, ParkerSouth Haven23.53 2Horyna, BrendenCircle15.56 3Nelson, LeahWellington27.13 2Hunt, KalebWellington6’0 2Shore, CajenWellington8’9″ 100 Meter Hurdles Javelin 2Spotts, KyleMulvane10:31.8 2Fahring, KevinMulvane52.83 4X800 Meter 3Warehime, AshleyCircle01:05.6 High Jump 3Hain, ChanceWellington23.93 1Hollis, MakaylaConway Springs9’3″ 3Shaffer, LucasConway Springs16.62 400 Meter 1Schettler, JayceeWellington26.63 1Mulvane09:39.8 Discus Discus 2Schmidt, KellenCaldwell02:09.2 1Reichenberger, ColinWellington14.48 100 Meter 1Lewellen, AveryWellington5’3″ 3Shaffer, LucasConway Springs39′ 4Doffing, SarahConway Springs4’9″ 200 Meter 1Mulvane03:36.1 1Derry, AllisonCircle05:53.0 2Warehime, AsheleyCircle31’7″ 3Gilkey, RemmingtonWellington53.57 300 Meter Hurdles 1Reichenberger, ColinWellington40.01 2Horyna, BrendenCircle41.96 2Brenton, TroutmanWellington18’10” 3Lake, MaloraCircle53.38 3Eastridge, CodyCircle5’10 1Weber, KentonRose Hill04:28.4 2Balsters, TannerBelle Plaine43.6 2Rose Hill03:42.7 2Isaacs, TCaldwell26:24.0 3Creek, LoganConway Springs43.2 1Ledesma, JaedynWellington02:36.0 3200 Meter 3Lierseman, TaylorSouth Haven15’5 1/2 1Echelberry, SaraConway Springs107′ 3Kile, CalebMulvane10:36.2 1Hain, ChanceWellington11.35 800 Meter 2Moore, MariahWellington95’9 3Wellington03:43.0 1Brower, PeytonRose Hill100’2 2Jones, TiffanyRose Hill15’6 1/2last_img read more

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Strong storms produce tornadoes in northern Iowa

first_imgSWEA CITY — At least two tornadoes, possibly three, touched down in northern Iowa Tuesday night. The National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls says a tornado was reported about 5:30 PM near the town of Cushing in Woodbury County and another tornado was spotted ten minutes later near Ida Grove in Ida County.Meteorologist Alex Krull, at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says they’re investigating another report of severe weather near Swea City in Kossuth County. “We’re not sure if it was a tornado or not,” Krull says. “Right now, we’re in communication with the emergency managers. It looks like this may just be widespread wind damage.” There were no reports of any injuries in that part of the state either.Krull says winds in the Swea City area last night were clocked between 60 and 70 miles-an-hour. “We did have some damage to buildings and we had several trees that were knocked down in the area,” Krull says.Excluding last night’s storms, Iowa has recorded 43 tornadoes so far this year, slightly behind the average. During all of last year, Iowa had 69 tornadoes.last_img read more

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