Larry Pope addresses the Hickory City Council on the issue of respect. He talks about how he brought his concerns to the City of Hickory and they dismissed his concerns. He doesn't feel that he was given proper respect and felt like he was wasting his time. He went back to the Housing Board, but they acted as a rubber stamp for what the Director wanted to do. He also went into past issues of lack of respect. And he spoke about the funding that HUD can take away from the City.
The Mayor responded and said a meeting was scheduled with Mr. Pope and they asked him to submit specific questions in relation to HUD. He says that they were never given the questions. There are questions that the Housing Authority is going to have to address. The Mayor inferred by stating figures that Mr. Pope's brother was a major beneficiary of subject monies awarded.
Mr. Pope came back to the podium and further retorted the Mayor's rebuttal, because he stated that he didn't want anyone in the city to misconstrue what had happened. Mr. Pope stated that he had recused himself in the issues involving the awarding of contracts involving his brother. He says he did what he thought he was supposed to do. The director said she didn't know (understand these issues involving Larry's Brother). Larry further talked about the contacts between the Mayor and the Director, the hiring of the director's husband, the misappropriation of funds related to bonuses and falsifying records... He says the issue could have been settled locally and didn't have to go to HUD and the Federal Government. The Housing Authority was established through the City Charter and Mayor doesn't know what he should know. He asked that in the future the Mayor please listen to Citizens when they come forward.
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