Housing authorities to share director for 4 months
MORGAN CITY, La. — A four-month contract to utilize Clarence Robinson as interim executive director of the Morgan City Housing Authority was approved Thursday evening by the authority’s commission.
The contract is to be sent to the Berwick Housing Authority which will meet Tuesday to vote on the contract, Berwick commission chairman James Richard said.
Robinson, the Berwick authority executive director the past 12 years, is expected to be in Morgan City Wednesday morning if the terms of the contract are approved, as expected by Richard.
The proposed contract has only a single change to the language proposed by the Berwick authority. Instead of limiting Robinson to a 24-hour work week, the Morgan City commission proposes that Robinson be allowed to work in Morgan City a minimum of 24 hours a week, allowing more time to be spent there if it is needed.
The Morgan City authority will pay the Berwick authority $839.40 for a 24-hour week to cover Robinson’s salary and benefits along with a mileage reimbursement. If an administrative assistant from Berwick is used, the Morgan City authority will pay half the hourly salary.
The proposed contract has an automatic 60-day extension unless it is terminated by either party.
Based on a 24-hour work week by Robinson and an assistant over a six-month period, the Morgan City authority would reimburse the Berwick authority $27,755.
Rather than looking at this as a challenge, Robinson said he viewed it as an opportunity to help people who need housing. He will call a staff meeting as his first order of business, he said.
In other business, the Morgan City authority voted to meet Wednesday to open bids to begin rehabilitation work to four units in Building 67, which is an eight-unit building. The commissioners also voted to table discussing the authority’s policy barring non-residents presence on the premises who have committed drug offenses.
Chairman Victory Ho said Morgan City Councilman Ron Bias wants to attend the meeting when the policy is discussed. Ho also wants to invite a representative of the Morgan City police department to attend.