One of Titusville’s most well-known citizens has died.
Billie L. LaBolle Brown, former executive director of Titusville Housing Authority, died on Sunday afternoon at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, where she had been a patient for a short amount of time.
Terry Kerr, housing authority chairman, commented, “I worked with her for the last several years. I always appreciated her level of professionalism and the fact that she did a great job as the housing director.”
Kerr noted that Brown always made herself available to those serving on the authority.
Ironically, Brown’s long career as housing director was to come to a end on Jan. 2, when her retirement was to officially take effect after four decades of service. Long-time authority employee Alexa Vroman was recently chosen to take over Brown’s job. Vroman had previously served as deputy director of the authority.
“I’m saddened that it ended this way,” Kerr said. “She was set to retire, but wasn’t able to enjoy that.”
During her long tenure as housing director, Brown dealt with dozens of local officials, along with ordinary people from all walks of life.
“I can’t think of a person who worked as much as she did,” Kerr said. “She did a lot for the community. It will be sad not to have her around.”
“I’m so sorry. She was a wonderful woman. She will really be missed,” housing authority member Barb Ives said.
Housing authority member Steve Coleman said, “She was a very committed person. She was recognized and appreciated in the local community and was held in high regard by those in the housing community.”
Coleman praised Brown for all her years in the helm of the authority.
“She was passionate about what she did,” he said.
Coleman noted that a retirement party for Brown had been delayed because of her health concerns.
City Manager Larry Manross commented, “She did a fantastic job as housing director”; and Titusville Mayor Esther Smith said, “She was the hardest working woman I have ever known. One thing I always enjoyed about her was that if you asked her anything she would be frank and upfront with you.”
Smith said he enjoyed the relationship she had with Brown. “She was always a super person. She is going to be greatly missed,” Smith said.
“This community has a huge appreciation for everything that Billie Brown did for Titusville,” City councilman Keith Bromley said. “Obviously, she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with her and her family.”
Titusville Housing Authority was established in 1968 to create good affordable units with housing assistance for low-income residents of Titusville and the surrounding area of Crawford County.
The authority’s first public housing units were 60 family units in 1971, comprised of two-story townhouses at three locations. In 1980 the Billie Brown Building was built on Water Street through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), which provides housing assistance for elderly age 62 and up as well as for disabled adults.
Rent is subsidized based on family income. Kitchen appliances are furnished and paid for by the authority.
One of Titusville’s most well-known citizens has died.
- Local News
Elementary student on mission to provide Christmas cheer to needy
The 7-year-old West End Elementary student who declined to receive Christmas gifts in favor of collecting donations for the world’s needy last year is giving again.
Counties may see job training payback plan soon
Whether the six counties of northwest Pennsylvania may have to repay the state job training funds remains unknown this point.
Hotel Conneaut operators offer debt relief, crowd-drawing ideas
The operators of the Hotel Conneaut are hoping to get support for a plan they say will address the property tax debt of Conneaut Lake Park and attract more people to the amusement park.
Water Street water main break closes roadway, disrupts businesses
An apparent break involving a 12-inch water main running under Water Street has resulted in the closure of Water between Terrace and North streets until at least Thursday.
Water main break closes Meadville street
Water Street in downtown Meadville has been closed due to an apparent water main break just north of the North Street intersection between Sherry Distributors and the Terrace.
County commissioners to act on no-tax-hike 2014 budget
While some adjustments have been made to Crawford County’s proposed 2014 budget, county property owners still are not facing an increase in the county’s real estate property tax rate for next year.
Friday's Light Up Night Meadville officially kicks off Christmas season
It’s once again time to welcome the holiday season to downtown Meadville with community spirit, excitement and fun.
Judge says county is 'without jurisdiction' in case of name left off ballot
Crawford County President Judge Anthony Vardaro has ruled county court doesn’t have jurisdiction to order a special election for Wayne Township after a township supervisor candidate’s name was left off the November ballot.
Sharply-divided PENNCREST board elects leaders
Although Article 3 of Pennsylvania’s Public School Code specifies that the terms served by school board members expire on the first Monday of December in the final year of the term, PENNCREST School Board’s past president wasn’t quite ready to give up his seat.
Route 86 near the Country Club closed
Route 86 near the Country Club is closed due to a traffic accident, according to emergency radio traffic.
- More Local News Headlines
- Elementary student on mission to provide Christmas cheer to needy