GLASGOW — Housing Authority of Glasgow residents can expect to pay a steeper late fee the next time their rent is past due.
The late fee had been $10, but it will be $40 starting in February.
The decision to increase the late fee was made Thursday by the housing authority's board of directors after listening to Sheri Lee, executive operations officer, explain a problem the housing authority was having with residents being late in making their rent payments.
“A third of our residents pay late every month,” Lee said.
The late fees are also being increased because of the expenses to the housing authority in preparing letters to residents regarding their late rent payments and the hand-delivery of those letters, she said.
Allowances can be made for residents, depending on the reason, if the residents contact the housing authority by the fifth of each month to explain why they are late with their rent. Despite any allowances that may be made, the residents will still have to pay a late fee, she said.
The housing authority checked with neighboring housing authorities regarding late fees before taking the issue to the board of directors.
“When we did a survey of housing authorities close to Barren County we had them everywhere from $20 to $40 per month, and then we had one housing authority that charged per day for every day you were late,” Lee said. “Ours is one fee for the month if you are late.”
Randle Norris, board member, questioned how late residents have to be in paying their rent before an eviction notice is sent.
Lee explained that on the sixth day of the month residents who are late in paying their rent are sent a 14-day notice that the housing authority is terminating their lease.
A payment request from Coleman Contracting for the improvements that are being made to units along Shamrock was approved by the board.
The payment request was for $68,261.96.
“They are moving right along,” Lee said. “If the weather holds out, they anticipate being done by the middle of December.”
The company has been installing hardy board exterior siding on housing authority units, as well as other improvements, and so far has done work along Robinson Court, McGrah, Humble and Park avenues.
The board also approved payment of the housing authority's workers' compensation insurance premium.
The housing authority has workers' compensation insurance through the self-insured fund for housing authorities with Bridgefiled Casualty Insurance Co.
The premium is increasing.
“We had a couple of work comp claims last year and our premium went up about $10,000,” Lee said.
The total cost for workers' compensation insurance approved by the board was $30,853.39.
Also approved by the board was the purchase of security cameras for the HERO Center near the intersection of Cheatham Street and Roseville Road.
The housing authority had applied for grant funding through the U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development to support the purchase of security cameras in the past, but did not receive any funding for them.
“They had an emergency security grant and our application passed the criteria, but because they had so many applications it went into a lottery so ours didn't get drawn in that lottery process and that's why we didn't get the funding,” Lee said.
This time the housing authority has been able to pay for the security camera purchase with its capital fund program.
The cameras are being installed to improve security at the HERO Center, which houses the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County and is used by other groups involving children, such as the Glasgow Athletic Program.
“You've got so many children down there. Just like here at the office, (it is for) better control of people who are coming and going. More eyes so-to-speak on the property, a deterrent,” Lee said.