The Galveston Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in a special meeting on Friday voted unanimously to approve three resolutions.
The first instructed the authority staff to provide the new commissioners with reports and all supporting documentation they need to understand the status of the mixed-income housing plan approved by the previous board.
The second resolution imposed a moratorium on any work on the plan.
The third requested that Galveston City Council postpone action on the plan at this week’s city council meeting.
GHA Executive Director Stanley Lowe was absent from Friday’s meeting.
“I had two meetings with Stanley,” said GHA Chair Buddy Herz in an interview with Guidry News Service. Herz said he told Lowe to go ahead and take his previously scheduled vacation while the new board members study the documentation. “I told him don’t worry, nothing was going on at that meeting except those three resolutions; and he had no problems with the three resolutions.” Listen
Herz said that he is not overly concerned about the tone of the letter Mayor Lewis Rosen received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Hopefully there is room for negotiation and hopefully everything is not set in stone,” Herz said. “But we can’t do anything until we get the information and review the information and try to understand what’s going on.”
“Well, it does sound like there is not much wiggle room on the side of HUD,” Jim Guidry noted.
“Oh Jim, being a lawyer you get letters, tough letters like that, all the time in negotiations,” Herz responded. “However, it does get your attention; more so in this matter when it’s signed by three assistant secretaries of HUD.”
Herz said he believes that the GHA has a good board, including former chair Betty Massey.
“Betty and I have worked together,” Herz said. “I supported her for mayor. We have been friends for 25 years and she gave it all she had as a commissioner.”