EHDA approves internal control policy

Published 10:13 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It was cut-and-dry for the first Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency Board of Commissioners meeting for the new year.
The commissioners convened inside the EHDA central office on Pine Ridge Circle Tuesday and voted to approve an internal control policy for the department.
Required by state law, the agency implemented the system, which includes five components:
* control environment
* risk assessments
* control activities
* information and communication
* monitoring
“We were contacted by the state comptroller office and they required each agency in the state to adopt an internal control policy,” EHDA Executive Director Kelly Geagley said.
The motion to adopt the policy passed unanimously with board members.
In other business, the EHDA:
* voted to extend the department’s continued support of resident service programs to public housing tenants.
* voted to approve the forgiveness of asset management fees charges to moderate rehabilitation programs.
* voted to write-off and dispose equipment.
EHDA also received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their 2017 annual plan, which includes the 2017 annual statement and five-year plan.
“We’re waiting for HUD to approve the five-year plan and CFP report,” Geagley said. The director added the EHDA would work at replacing windows in buildings to help with energy usage.
During the eight-minute meeting, commissioners heard about the variety of events that took place right before the end of the year. Along with the regular Christmas party, the EHDA also had Witten Huddle stop by and do a coat drive for children in the community.
EHDA announced that children that were unable to make it to the annual Christmas party or were not home for the Witten Huddle deliver could stop by the office to receive a coat, toboggan or gloves. The items are available for children that live under the EHDA umbrella.
The department’s monthly newsletter announced a range of activities are coming up for residents, including the kids annual Valentine’s Day Party on February 14 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. The EHDA will also offer a Smoke Cessation Class, taught by a representative of the Carter County Health Department, in March.

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