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Members of the Alexander City Housing Authority Board of Commissioners – including Mark Tuggle, chairman, Skipper Worthy, vice-chairman, and Glen Forbes – were on hand to present a van to  the Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Melissa Reynolds and programs and financial manager Lakita Hawes. | Alison James
Members of the Alexander City Housing Authority Board of Commissioners – including Mark Tuggle, chairman, Skipper Worthy, vice-chairman, and Glen Forbes – were on hand to present a van to
the Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Melissa Reynolds and programs and financial manager Lakita Hawes. | Alison James

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Housing authority gifts van to Boys and Girls Club

Published 11:56am Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Alexander City Housing Authority is putting the Boys and Girls Club back in the driver’s seat.

The housing authority donated a van to the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area in a presentation Monday.

“After seeing what happened to the Boys and Girls Club in the recent storm – their van was destroyed – we just felt like we would make the donation with the best van we had left,” said ACHA board chairman Mark Tuggle. “It was being rotated out.”

As previously reported in The Outlook, damaging winds March 18 tore a large limb from a tree at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. It landed on top of the club’s 15-passenger van, crushing the roof and knocking out windows.

“It’s just a good opportunity to help somebody out,” Tuggle said.  “It’s a community service.”

The donated vehicle is a 2002, 15-passenger Chevrolet van that has about 42,000 miles.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Melissa Reynolds, Boys and Girls Cub executive director. “It’s a great opportunity that we’ve had to be able to work with the agency here. It’s just a blessing.”

Reynolds said she had called to see if the club could borrow a van. It wasn’t long before the ACHA board decided they could donate one instead.

Glen Travis, marketing coordinator, said the club uses the van to pick up middle school club members from school and to take them on field trips, as well as to transport staff members to conferences.

“The teens are going to Huntingdon College, so they’ll be the first to ride in the van and go on a college tour,” Reynolds said.

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    How was the housing authority able to donate the van using Federal dollars when the van is worth more than $5,000 in market value (see 24CFR 85.31)?

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