Board deeds properties to Gary homelessness prevention group
BY MICHAEL GONZALEZ Post-Tribune correspondent September 26, 2013 2:34PM
Updated: November 1, 2013 6:05AM
GARY — A local non-profit agency continued to enjoy official generosity, and a local attorney got a raise, at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.
The board approved the Department of Community Development’s plans to deed two properties, at 4940 E. 13th Ave. and 4259 Jefferson St., to Continuum of Care, a not-for-profit homelessness prevention agency in Gary.
Community Development bought the foreclosed properties and rehabbed them with federal HUD program called Neighborhood Stabilization Program-1. According to the contract before the board, the city tried unsuccessfully to sell the properties.
The board also approved funneling about $100,000 in HUD funds to Continuum of Care for separate homelessness prevention programs.
Two members of the board approved giving longtime attorney Clorius Lay a $5,000 raise to continue representing the Police Civil Service Commission. He now will earn $30,000.
The board approved shifting some responsibilities, and extra wages, in the law department. Data clerk Maridythe Johnson landed the new code enforcement manager position with $3,625 through the rest of the year.
For 2014, the board may vote to extend Johnson’s contract and modify her wages.
Previously, longtime employee Kenya Maclin, who works as law office manager, court coordinator and more, handled much of the work now going to Johnson. Maclin will continue in her post as code enforcement coordinator, said city attorney Niquelle Allen.
Maclin and Johnson will continue to report directly to Allen, she said.
“We needed to divide up some of the responsibilities,” Allen said. “(Johnson) is just taking on management responsibility.”
The law department also hired Gregory Thomas to be an assistant city attorney for $40,000 a year and Jeremy Robinson as the fifth district code enforcement inspector.
Finally, the board awarded a $25,550 contract with Community Development to Dunes Construction, a Gary company, to do clean-up work on 10 sites throughout the city.