HUD: Robinson can't sit on council

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lewisburg City Councilman Ronald Robinson, whose employment as executive director of the Lewisburg Housing Authority was seen by one member of the City Council as a reason to oppose his appointment, can't continue in both positions, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Lewisburg Housing Authority is in violation of ... the HUD Annual Contributions Contract," HUD's Memphis Field Office director, Yvonne F. Leander, wrote to Mayor Bob Phillips in a letter received here Wednesday with a concurrent copy of another HUD letter advising the housing authority it can't receive anymore HUD money until the issue is resolved.

At stake are hundreds of thousands of dollars that make up the majority of the local housing authority's annual budget. The money is rent subsidy.

Now, Robinson may have to choose between his job and being a councilman, although he's indicated that if he must choose between the two, he would remain executive director.

Robinson was "surprised" by the HUD letter "because before I even submitted my name (to be considered as a successor to former Councilman Elvin White) I had e-mailed HUD and asked for their opinion," the newly sworn-in councilman said Monday afternoon. "The response back was that they didn't have any idea, but 'check with your . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition of the Marshall County Tribune for entire coverage.