I was hoping to have an upbeat post on the Saratoga Housing Authority today. I still want to say the place has been cleaned up and in all honesty the grounds of Stonequist Apartments look better than Congress Park. Jefferson is still a bit ghetto but it’s improving. The nights there have been quieter too. Every single tenant complaint that I looked into has been quickly settled to the satisfaction of the tenant. The bedbugs by any measure are a thing of the past. Ed Spychalski has been doing a good job.
So why am I disappointed? The meeting started with members of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority board electing a new chairman. There were two nominations, Ken Ivins and the usually absent disembodied Skyped in voice of Mr. Arrogance himself Eric Weller.For the first time he was there in the flesh.He does exist? was my first thought
Guess who won? That’s right Eric Weller. Looking tan in a nice Hawaiian shirt Eric beamed his approval.
Things will be going back to the status quo pronto. The media was blasted for its coverage again. Weller said he “didn’t feel comfortable talking about the cities compliancy plan”. An announcement was made that HUD’s rating of Saratoga Housing Authority went up. I will be forwarding that to Sen. Chuck Grassley. Then later when Ken Ivins asked why he had to read about Spychalski recently severing the SSHA’s annual work contract with the nonprofit Saratoga Springs Affordable Housing Group, in the paper. He was politely told by Weller that such matters are the sole responsibility of Spychalski. Then he again stated the board sets policy and doesn’t manage. He then went on describe the state Comptroller’s audit as a waste of time and taxpayer money. No word if he jetted back to OZ yet or if he will Skype in as Chairman in the future. On a more hopeful note after the executive session they froze salaries for a year.
They have come a long way and yet they haven’t learned a thing