I have been honored and privileged to serve the people of Dracut as the Governor’s appointment to the Dracut Housing Authority over the past few years. This term will expire on January 15, 2015.
Overall, I consider this appointment to be an opportunity to use my skills, professionalism, and collaborative spirit to work with our senior, disabled, and needy family population. I have years of business and professional experience to guide the authority as it continues to address the growing needs of Dracut, especially due to the limited financial resources.
As a commissioner I’ve been a very active member serving in many different capacities.
- With energy cost and consumption of $180,000 between October of 2010 and October of 2011 and my varied degrees of experience I investigated converting the heating systems from electric to gas and brought this to the board. According to a study by National Grid, by converting from electric heat to gas heat we could save the tax payer $146,000 a year. With the collaboration of the board and staff this undertaking is ongoing.
- With a background in construction I’ve questioned billing and change order request by contractors performing work at the Dracut Housing Authority facilities and in one case reduced a $50,000 “EXTRA” down to $28,000 .
- As the appointment of the DHA to the Community Preservation Committee I approached the Richardson family and worked diligently with other community leaders as well as the support of Town Meeting in the acquisition of 17 acres of land on Bridge Street for the future development of 60 units of senior housing.
- With these 17 acres of land on Bridge Street in the possession of the Dracut Housing Authority and over 300 seniors on the waiting list, I reached out with our Chairman Russ Taylor, Selectmen Joe DiRocco and Bob Cox to establish a Housing Subcommittee in the effort to develop this property for senior housing.
- Funding of this project will come from many sources. We have reached out to the Department of Housing and Community Development and have seen encouraging results. We are exploring financing the project using the finished product as security. With the support of DHA, the Board of Selectmen housing sub subcommittee, and staff I’ve reached out, again, to the Community Preservation Committee to request that they establish a dedicated amount of money to act as “seed money”, that will show possible funding partners that the town is committed to building affordable Senior Housing in the very near future.
As you may or may not know Governor Deval Patrick’s term also expires in January of 2015 and he is not seeking re-election. With not knowing who the next governor will be I have concerns of not obtaining the appointment and this has been on my mind for some time now. I would like to continue my efforts in the years to come to see the Richardson property developed into senior housing as well as the gas conversion completed. I serve with some of the best community leaders the town has to offer and I would not consider running against them.
In recent conversations with my colleague Commissioner Kenneth Cunha he has informed me that due to his business commitments he will not seek re-election when his term expires in May of 2014. For this reason I believe this would be an ideal time for me to run.
Today, I announce my candidacy for the Dracut Housing Authority. With your support and vote I can continue to serve our community and work to complete the projects that we have begun. My ultimate goal is to provide the BEST affordable housing for our community. I would appreciate your vote of confidence in the upcoming spring municipal elections.
Brian J. Bond