Charlottesville City Council approved a plan Tuesday night that could result in the city manager getting a bonus.
City Manager Maurice Jones' stretch plan is a special project in which he'll tackle the problems within the struggling Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. If he succeeds in solving the city's "longstanding problems" within the housing authority, he gets a bonus.
Jones' plan stems from a review by the Department of Housing and Urban Development last December slamming the city's housing authority. Jones says he wants to work on communication between the authority and those who live in public housing. He also wants to work on fixing the department's finances and compliance of HUD regulations.
If Jones succeeds he will receive a $17,000 bonus in addition to his base salary of more than $173,000. A few people spoke out about that plan at Tuesday night's meeting.
"I am just shocked that it will be on your head that this housing authority has to come together, and I'm sorry that they have to give you a bonus to do that. I think it should have been done without you getting a bonus," said Joy Johnson, who attended Tuesday night's meeting.
John Pfaltz said, "Let me suggest that you also ought to have a few disinterested citizens also on the committee evaluating. I think this would be valuable."
Council will judge his success mainly based on progress reports and improved operations.
Jones will present council with a report of the state of the housing authority in October, along with his detailed plan to solve the problems.
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