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Old 01-28-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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OHA chairman is asked to resign
By Christopher Burbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER



Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has asked the Omaha Housing Authority board chairman, William A. Begley, to resign from his post, which includes supervising the work of former City Councilman Frank Brown.

Begley declined to resign.

A showdown over control of the Omaha Housing Authority and over Brown's employment appears to be looming.

At a meeting this morning, housing authority board members appointed by Suttle raised questions about Brown’s position and Housing in Omaha Inc., the OHA affiliate for which the former councilman works. The OHA board appointed a subcommittee to discuss Housing in Omaha’s future and its future personnel needs.


A spokesman for Suttle, Ron Gerard, said the mayor “is concerned about the situation within the housing authority that extends back several years involving finances and housing conditions.”

Gerard said Suttle's actions are not politically motivated. Gerard said Councilman Ben Gray and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had raised concerns about the housing authority's finances and the condition of its properties.


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Old 01-28-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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OHA Chairman Defiant Despite Criticism - Omaha News Story - KETV Omaha (http://www.ketv.com/news/22369236/detail.html - broken link)

OHA Chairman Defiant Despite Criticism
City Leaders Call For Changes In OHA Leadership

OMAHA, Neb. -- The embattled chairman of the Omaha Housing Authority said he's serving out his term, despite pressure from a federal investigation and calls from city leaders to step down.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking into concerns about the upkeep and untimely repairs of OHA properties. It's also investigating large price tags to fix the problems.


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Old 01-28-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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my comment:


it is time for Begley and Timm and Brown to go and some new folks run the oha





same with Omaha Public Schools board who has people who have overstayed their time on the OPS board

(Mc Gregor and Huston and Jensen
)

and as a result of ops board members not having term limits,

we have the same people re-elected and the school system getting worse and worse
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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OHA finances to be probed
By Christopher Burbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
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The Omaha Housing Authority board created a subcommittee Thursday to look into the finances of the agency's nonprofit development arm, including its personnel costs.

That means former City Councilman Frank Brown's job could hang in the balance. Brown is the lone employee of the nonprofit corporation, Housing in Omaha Inc. He is paid $72,000 a year as its development director.

Housing in Omaha is a 30-year-old entity that the Omaha Housing Authority created to do affordable housing projects. As an affiliated nonprofit corporation, Housing in Omaha could qualify for financing not available to a public housing authority.

For most of its history, Housing in Omaha owned 56 units and had no employees. But within the past six years, it built, bought or became a partner in nearly 250 additional housing units.

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The development director's job was created in 2006. Brown left his volunteer post as chairman of the OHA board to take the job.

City Councilman Ben Gray and others have raised concerns about financial and maintenance problems at Housing in Omaha and OHA properties.

Last week, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle asked Bill Begley to resign as chairman of the OHA and Housing in Omaha boards. Begley refused.

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the OHA board created the subcommittee to look into Housing in Omaha. Its two members will be Phil Wayne, an OHA board member, and Alfred Suarez, a member of the Housing in Omaha board.

They are supposed to make recommendations to the OHA board in March on a number of issues, including personnel.

Wayne said in the meeting Thursday that, given the state of Housing in Omaha's finances, it was “fiscally irresponsible” to continue the current situation.

Wayne and OHA board member Fred Conley noted that the agency had recently taken over most of Brown's property management duties, except at commercial spaces in three downtown buildings in which Housing in Omaha is a partner.

“The appropriate thing to be asking HIO is ... what is the best way to manage these properties?” Wayne said. “Because you can't afford what you've got.”

Conley said the money could be better spent on maintaining properties.

Begley said the development director's job isn't merely property management. He also is supposed to work on developing housing. Begley noted that Brown worked with the city recently on building four new houses in north Omaha. And Begley said Brown also would work on redeveloping the site of the recently demolished Pleasantview Homes.

“He got bogged down in the management of the other properties and wasn't able to work on development,” Begley said.

But Wayne said there's no development that's likely to occur today or in the near future.

After the meeting, Suarez said he sees a continued need for a development director.

“And Frank has done a good job,” Suarez said.

For his part, Brown said he looked forward to working with the committee.

Wayne, who said Suttle appointed him to the OHA board because of his property management expertise, rejected assertions that the scrutiny of Brown's job was political retaliation by Suttle.

“I'm not interested in any of that,” Wayne said.


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Old 02-17-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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Brown quits OHA affiliate job
By Christopher Burbach



Former Omaha City Councilman Frank Brown is out of his job at a non-profit affiliate of the Omaha Housing Authority.

Brown resigned Monday as development director for Housing in Omaha Inc. He had held the $72,000-a-year post since July 2006. Brown was the lone employee of Housing in Omaha, an entity that the housing authority had created to develop apartments and houses using tax credits and other financing not available to public housing agencies.

The World-Herald has learned that a severance agreement includes $24,000 in severance pay, equal to four months of Brown's salary.

OHA Executive Director Stan Timm, who is also a member of the Housing in Omaha Inc. Board, said Brown's resignation was voluntary. Timm declined to comment further on the terms of Brown's departure, saying the agreement was confidential.


William A. Begley, chairman of both the OHA and Housing in Omaha boards, also declined to comment.

“I can't say anything because I signed a confidentiality agreement,” Begley said.

Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

George Achola, the OHA's in-house attorney, would not disclose the terms of the agreement. He said Housing in Omaha and Brown had reached a “fairly standard severance agreement” that is “not a golden parachute.”

“Nobody should think he's getting a sweetheart deal,” Achola said.

Housing in Omaha is a private entity, he said, and any payments to Brown would come from rent paid by private commercial tenants.


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