The Fayette County Housing Authority has ratified a new contract with the union representing its maintenance employees.

At a special meeting, the authority voted 5-0 to ratify the contract with Construction, General Laborers and Material Handlers Local Union No. 1058, whose one-year collective bargaining agreement with the housing authority was slated to expire at the end of this month.

The union represents 20 housing authority maintenance employees, said Mark Yauger, the authority’s executive director.

Yauger said the new contract, which is effective Oct. 1 will institute a 60-cent per hour increase in hourly base wage rate.

The board approved its current agreement with the union in October. That agreement had instituted a 25-cent per hour increase in hourly base wage rate for all full-time employees.

The board had previously tabled ratifying the contract at its regular meeting earlier this month after a 71-minute executive session to discuss the contract. The board’s ratification of the contract came after a 34-minute executive session Thursday.

In other business, the board at its regular meeting on Sept. 12 approved awarding a contract for moving and relocation services on an as-needed basis to Medved Transfer Company at a cost not to exceed $150,000.

The authority had a three-year contract with the company slated to end on Sept. 30 per the authority, and the company was deemed the lowest responsible bidder.

The prices for Medved Transfer Company’s services will be $740 for one-bedroom apartments, $895 for two-bedroom apartments, $1,030 for three-bedroom apartments, $1,117 for four-bedroom apartments and $1,201 for five-bedroom apartments.

The company’s services will be used when the authority forces residents to relocate, as is the case with the authority’s plans to reduce the number of units at Gibson Terrace in Connellsville from 147 to 52.

At its special meeting Thursday, the board acknowledged the authority being awarded for its work rejuvenating White Swan Apartments in Uniontown.

The Fayette County Housing Authority received a Bellamy Award at the 2019 Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) Annual Conference last week. The Bellamy Award is the highest honor that PAHRA bestows upon its member agencies.

Joyce Nuccetelli thanked Yauger, Deputy Executive Director Andre Walters and authority staff for their support of the $13 million White Swan project covered nearly entirely by low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).

“That was not an easy venture,” Nuccetelli said.

Yauger said that the award could help the authority garner future tax credits for other projects.

“Our funders look at all those things,” Yauger said.

Low-income residents 62 and older filled the significantly upgraded apartment complex earlier this year after its 78 units emptied out in 2017 to allow for a building-saving renovation that required everything to be gutted inside the exterior walls, eventually yielding a new solar-paneled roof, a new elevator, a library room, a wellness room, a card-operated laundry room, and a restored grand ballroom with adjacent kitchen and restroom amenities.

The Fayette County Housing Authority hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at White Swan Apartments in May to celebrate the building’s new beginning following a total renovation of the 62,468-square-foot edifice.

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