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Members of the David City Housing Authority board of Commissioners recently honored retiring board chairman Virgil Vrbka. Pictured are Larry McPhillips, left, new board chairman; Terry Pachunka, Marlene Hein, Virgil Vrbka and Renee Williams, executive director. Front, board members Judy Vanis and Marie Hoeft

Longtime member of the David City Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Virgil Vrbka recently retired from the board after serving 16 years, 13 of which were as chairman.

"Virgil dedicated his time, knowledge and loyalty to public housing in David City," said Renee Williams, DCHA executive director. "His interest in public housing was sincere and his willingness to devote time to the board was appreciated and enjoyed.”

Said former DCHA executive director Bev Bennett said: "When Virgil was asked to serve on the board, we knew he would be an asset. His many years in building construction and the concrete business would assist us in the many projects we knew had to be completed."

During his tenure as chairman the board authorized numerous improvements on the Sunshine Court campus at 1125 North 3rd St. Included in the projects are air conditioning of all 54 units; building six garages for residents to rent; new roofs, gutters and soffits on all buildings; installation of new ceramic tile showers, replacement of all apartment exterior doors, screen doors and boiler room doors.

In the last four years security cameras have been added for the safety of residents. Other recent safety concerns addressed include radon mitigation as well as identification of areas with asbestos, retrofitting all locks to InstaKey locking system and replacing all boilers.

Vrbka's position as chairman was filled by six-year board member Larry McPhillips, David City. Filling Vrbka's spot on the board is Marlene Hein, also of David City. Other board members are Marie Hoeft, Judy Vanis and Terry Pachunka.

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