EHDA board approves contract for director

By Bob Robinson

   The Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency (EHDA) board of directors last night approved a five-year contract for Kelly Geagley, executive director, at a yearly salary of $48,368.
   The board also gave Geagley a three percent merit increase, effective Nov. 5, citing "exceptional qualities of leadership, dedication and competence in fulfilling the duties of the office."
   Appointed to the post on Nov. 1, 1995, Geagley oversees facilities and staff for 326 public housing units, 201 housing choice vouchers and 120 moderate rehabilitation units.
   In his report to the board, Geagley said EHDA received an overall score of 93.4, a "high performing agency designation," for fiscal year 2000.
   Geagley also reported 169 individuals were on the waiting list to obtain public housing; Public Housing Occupancy Specialist Rick Whitman recently earned the professional designation of public housing manager; and 13 EHDA employees are training for CPR certification.
   In other action, the board:
   * Approved a contract with Wild Building Contractors, Inc., Morristown, to renovate certain public housing units at a cost of $491,156;
   * Approved a contract with Environmental Pest Control Services, totaling $6,900, for pest control services from Jan 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2003;
   * Created a job description for grounds maintenance laborer; and,
   * Approved the disposal of 11 refrigerators, according to Housing and Urban Development guidelines.
   Members of the EHDA board of directors are Paul Bellamy, chairman, Fornia Peters, vice-chairman, and Jim Jones, George Trent and Margaret Corcoran.