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GHA prepares buildings for winter; canopy damaged

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on Tuesday received an update on facility work across the authority that may include repairs to the exterior entrance canopy at Forest Hill Towers after the structure was struck by a furniture delivery truck over the weekend.

GHA Executive Director Heather Reynolds reported that the incident at Forest Hill Towers occurred Sunday. She said damage to the entrance canopy had been photographed and she had contacted the authority’s insurance company.

Reynolds said a contractor examined the building on Tuesday, finding that the accident likely caused only surface damage to the entrance canopy, which will be addressed.

Turning to routine maintenance matters, Reynolds said that work to prepare the authority for cold weather is well in hand with the furnaces at all three properties cleaned and turned at all buildings. She asked that she be alerted as quickly as possible should any issues with heating arise.

Additionally, Reynolds reported that the boiler servicing the common area at Kingsboro Towers has been replaced as planned through the authority’s 2019 Capital Fund Program award of $610,928 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Work on another project planned for the CFP award, the replacement of circuit breaker panels at Forest Hill Towers, should commence in mid-November. Reynolds said she recently met with the engineer and contractor that will install the upgraded units who said that panels may have to be relocated in some areas of the building.

“We’ll look forward to getting that done,” Reynolds said.

In other business, Reynolds said she is currently seeking quotes from contractors to install sheetrocking and related work in several of the authority’s housing units that required remediation.

Reynolds reported that overall occupancy rates have been affected while the units have been offline, dropping to an average of 93.32 percent across the authority where overall occupancy for much of the year has been above 95 percent.

Individual building occupancy rates of 95.37 percent for Forest Hills Towers, 90.58 percent for DuBois Garden Apartments and 94 percent for Kingsboro Towers were recorded for the month.

Other in-house remediation on the apartments in need has already been completed and work that contractors will perform will allow the impacted units to once again be made available for rent.

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