Pact to make housing office a city agency still under review | AspenTimes.com

Pact to make housing office a city agency still under review

Sarah S. Chung

Just a bit of tweaking remains to be done on an agreement that will make the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority a city department, the housing board agreed Wednesday.

“The city is not taking over. The authority’s just rolling over management and finance,” City Attorney John Worcester assured the board last night. “All the magic language is there with the intent that the authority has all other powers.”

The Housing Authority would retain its existing ability to condemn buildings and will still be able to enter contracts pertaining to employees, construction arrangements, and the maintenance/management of housing projects.

Under the proposed new Intergovernmental Agreement forged between the city and the authority, however, housing office employees will follow the city’s personnel policies.

All housing employees, including the executive director, will report to the city manager, but the agreement makes it clear the housing board will direct policy, while the city manager will “implement the supervision” of that policy, Worcester said.

No housing employees would have to re-apply for their jobs but salaries “may freeze if they’re way out of line” with other comparable city positions, said City Manager Amy Margerum.

The housing board will look over the agreement again on Sept. 1. It needs city and county approval as well; both governments support the move.


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