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Longmont City Council on Tuesday is to consider adopting an agreement that would be the next step toward setting up what officials have called a new “integrated partnership” between city government and the Longmont Housing Authorty.

In a related item, Council is to vote on whether to appoint City Manager Harold Dominguez to the Housing Authority’s executive board and vest him with “executive authority.”

That action, according to a city staff memo to Council, would essentially give Dominguez “the same rights and responsibilities as the LHA executive director.”

The city and the Housing Authority had earlier announced that Jillian Baldwin, the Housing Authority’s current executive director, had been “considering a potential career move” and that she would be leaving the housing authority effective May 15.

Baldwin has since extended her resignation date until Wednesday to allow additional time for the city and the housing authority to develop a “transition plan” for moving into their new partnership arrangement, according to the memo for Tuesday night’s Council meeting.

Baldwin said in a Friday interview that she’ll be taking a similar housing agency position in Connecticut starting June 1 but declined to say where.

“I’ve decided to keep that under the belt,” she said.

“The LHA Board and city staff believe it is critically important to continue this path forward to create a collaborative operational model between the City of Longmont and the Longmont Housing Authority, and to address some immediate needs over the next several months before recruiting a new Executive Director for the agency,” according to the staff’s memo for Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Baldwin started the Longmont job in September 2018, after the housing authority conducted a nationwide search. Baldwin moved to Colorado from Gary, Ind., where she served as the executive director for the Gary Housing Authority and was credited for helping to pull it from financial woes.

On Friday, Baldwin said Longmont is “a strong city” that “cares deeply about affordable housing.” She predicted that “wonderful things” will result from the new partnership.

Longmont had announced in a May 1 news release that the pending partnership with the housing authority was an effort to make the housing agency’s operations more financially viable.

The “memorandum of understanding,” the intergovernmental agreement with the housing agency up for Council action Tuesday, summarizes “outcomes that will be explored in the future relationship the city will have with the Longmont Housing Authority,” staff wrote.

The memorandum of understanding states that the city and the housing agency “intend to enter into a more formal service agreement” in the future, one that “is likely to be amended from time to time.”

In the meantime, the memorandum says the initial services listed in the intergovernmental agreement could include:

  • “Addressing transitional leadership and management of daily operations” of the housing authority;
  • Supporting housing authority staff to ensure certain leasing deadlines for the Fall River Apartments at 321 Homestead Parkway are met;
  • Supporting housing authority staff to ensure a “voluntary compliance agreement” with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is completed within deadlines;
  • “Providing approaches that address short-term and longer-term financial stability”;
  • “Addressing organizational and residential community culture issues,” and
  • “Providing input and resources for upcoming and in-process development projects.”

If you watch

What: Longmont City Council regular meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Council and city staff members will participate from remote locations, and members of the general public cannot attend the meeting in person. However, council meetings are live-streamed and can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel — youtube.com/user/cityoflongmont — or on LongmontPublicMedia.org, or  on Longmont cable TV subscribers’ Comcast Xfinity Channel 8/880HD.

Public comment opportunities: Longmont will display and announce information during the live streaming of the virtual meeting to tell the public how and when to call in to comment about any issue, if desired. Comments are limited to three minutes per person, during the public-invited-to-be-heard items on the agenda.

Agenda: tinyurl.com/y9azyhjm

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