Christmas comes early for EHDA employees
  

By Bob Robinson

Star Staff

   Christmas came early for employees of the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency (EHDA).
   The EHDA Board of Commissioners, at their regular meeting last night, approved a $1,000 bonus for each of the 20 EHDA employees in recognition of outstanding work during the year.
   In 2001, EHDA received a higher rating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development due to the work of EHDA personnel, according to Kelly Geagley, EHDA executive director.
   Geagley also told the board that East Tennessee State University and EHDA are in the process of establishing a computer lab for residents after the first of the year.
   In other action, the board approved:
   * The unaudited EHDA Financial Statement for the 10-month period ended October 31, 2001, prepared by the firm of Margaret W. Moses, CPA, P.C., Elizabethton, showing total assets of $5.2 million;
   * A contract between EHDA and Banks and Banks, attorneys-at-law, for legal services, billed at the rate of $100 per hour, from Jan. 2, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2002;
   * Two separate contracts between EHDA and Edward F. Stockton, P.C., 5039 Skyland Drive, Suite 1202, Loganville, Ga., 30052, for independent audit services from Jan. 2, 2001 through Dec. 31, 2001 and Jan. 2, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2002, at a cost of $5,520 per year for both years; and,
   * The write off and disposal of used refrigerators and security system removed from inventory.
   EHDA Commissioners are Paul Bellamy, chairman; Fornia Peters, vice-chairman; Jim Jones, Margaret Corcoran and George Trent.
   Commissioners are expected to elect officers for the 2002 year at their next board meeting, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the EHDA Board Room, 910 Pine Ridge Circle, Elizabethton.