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Tuesday, June 26

This, also, is not the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority's website *With brief update*

But this is

After months of being down for undisclosed technical difficulties, the website is back up and running as of this morning.

At the top of the site is a disclosure stating the website is still under construction (which accounts for a few of the typos), but it does have new messages from the director, the mayor, and has minutes up from meetings up through May.

Members of the Board of Commissioners have stressed that there will be more transparency and more information than the previous site, which still had information from 2007 when it went down earlier this year.


I just want to give credit where credit is due.

The new website of the SSHA is far more useful than its previous incarnation.

It has a lot of interesting info on there (including the budget, which I'll be dissecting over the next few days) and is well put together. By all accounts, it is the work of Ken Ivins.

The minor typo I referred to in yesterday's blog was overshadowed, in my mind, by the improvement to the rest of the site. It definitely puts a (badly needed) "transparency" feather in their cap.

*End of update, please resume your previously posted blog*

In other SSHA news, below is the letter from the SSHA Board of Commissioners to the City Council in response to their compliance and communication letter sent to the SSHA in mid-May (also posted below, as a draft, but I don't think they changed it much).

I haven't really had a chance to parse through it all yet, but I will, and will be writing a story about it for tomorrow's paper (or tonight's website, if you like).

If it appears on your computer as a small box, click to make it full screen to read it (sorry for the technical difficulties).

Compliance and Communication Plan:

Compliance Communication Plan SSHA-DRAFT CCM 05-15-12(1)

Response to the above plan:
SSHA Response 06-21-12

I just received a correction to the response above regarding salaries he referenced. Here is that correction:

SSHA Letter 6-21-12 Correction

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Blogger Kyle York said...

Any "Executive Director" who can't edit himself to less than an 11-page "memo" is seriously over his head... or under the spell of his own exalted ego.

June 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kyle - This came from the Chairman not the Executive Director or maybe both filled it out.

June 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucian--Mr.Weller seems to have relied heavliy on Ed when he constructed this narrative. It seems to be a recitation of reality according to Ed. Nothing new here that we haven't heard from Ed and Dennis Brunelle over the past few months much of which has been contradicted by other documents that have been released. Just for a start, Weller cheerfully recounts the bedbug narrative but seems not to have seen or chosen to ignore the letter from HUD to Cindy released earlier this year where HUD tells the AUthority that the use of steamers by residents is ineffective and unwise. I love the part where he not only thinks that Mayflies and noseeums are the same but then breezily dismisses bedbugs as merely "distasteful" and "obnoxious". One has to wonder if this is the way he would describe them if found in his bedroom.

June 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How has SSHA and SAHG severed ties if I residents of SAHG properties are still asked to send rent payments to the SSHA office at Stonequist and they process it and SSHA staff still manage the SAHG properties? Now the revised website no longer provides SAHG property news.

Lucian, I want to thank you for your efforts to provide the public with as much information about the happenings with the SSHA/SAHG as possible. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

June 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are Section 8 units on Allen Drive as well. The rent would be sebt to the SSHA.I believe the ties were severed and Joune was last month of service. That is the best I can recall.

June 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Weller and the rest of the board should be ashamed of themselves for their response to the city. It shows just how arrogant they all are. The response didn’t really say anything new, but only showed the people of Saratoga Springs who the boss is. They have no business running the housing authority and the response that was sent to the Mayor should have been a mass resignation letter instead.

June 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM 

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