Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Author: John Hammer

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Tiny House Community Opens For Business

The ribbon cutting for the Hammer Tiny House Community on Causey Street was held Saturday, June 1 with over a hundred people in attendance.  The board members and many of the volunteers who had a hand in the construction of Tiny House Community Development Inc. were more than a little bit excited about having completed the project.

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April Showers Bring May Economic Development

Looking back, the month of May was a stellar month for Greensboro and Guilford County for economic development.On Thursday, May 30 the long awaited ground breaking for Slugger, the nine story office building on First National Field property was held.

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Another Public Meeting On Good Repair Law

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.The City of Greensboro will hold a second public meeting on the proposed Good Repair Ordinance on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the District 4 Greensboro Police Patrol Station at 1106 Maple St.

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City Budget Notes

In the past the Greensboro City Council has always instructed the city manager what it expected in the budget as far as a tax rate increase.  Managers have been told that they could formulate a budget with any tax increase they desired, but the Council also wanted to see a no tax increase budget.  

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Greensboro Tax Increase May Go Higher

Three cents may not be enough of a tax increase for this City Council.

After the Council budget work session on Wednesday, May 29 where councilmembers expressed a desire to add more spending, but little if any desire to make cuts, it appears the Council may be headed toward an even higher tax increase.

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The Tale Of Two Zoning Requests

Two seemingly similar zoning requests a few hundred yards apart on McConnell Road had the exact opposite outcomes before the Greensboro City Council at the meeting on Tuesday, May 21 in the Council Chamber.

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Zoners Revolt Over Notes From Their Doctors

The Greensboro Zoning Commission in revolt over a bunch of rules is a little hard to imagine. But that’s what Greensboro Planning Administrator Mike Kirkman had on his hands when he tried to explain that the zoning commissioners would have to sign an agreement stating they would comply with all the new rules and regulations in the new City of Greensboro Boards and Commissions Handbook.

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Good Repair Ordinance Not Popular At Public Meeting

Judging by the public response at the “Drop-In” session on the proposed Good Repair Ordinance on Wednesday, May 15 at the Central Library, the people of Greensboro are not in favor of the ordinance by a wide margin.  Of the ten folks who showed up eight were against the ordinance to varying degrees, one was in favor and one was on the fence. 

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Mark Walker Takes On The NCAA

Sixth District Congressman Mark Walker is taking on an issue most people in North Carolina care more about than taxes, military spending, illegal immigration and climate change combined, at least during March – the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and, in particular, NCAA basketball.

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Rules And Ways Around The Rules In Raleigh

In the legislature down in Raleigh the crossover deadline was last week which means any bill that didn’t already pass in the state House or Senate is dead for the year.  Unless some powerful Republican decides they really want a bill, then they strip the language out of a bill that did pass and replace it with the language for the new bill. 

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Greensboro Dissed By State Signage

Driving south toward Greensboro on NC 68, a driver not familiar with the area would never know they were headed straight for Greensboro and an easy route downtown via Bryan Boulevard because the signs tell you you’re headed to High Point.

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Drop In To Learn About Good Repair Ordinance

Greensboro is holding a “drop in public information session” to give people a chance to learn about the proposed “Good Repair Ordinance” on Wednesday, May 15 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Tannenbaum Room of Greensboro Central Library at 219 N. Church St.

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Working Group Throws Transparency Out The Window

If it looks like a committee and acts like a committee, is it a committee?What is being called the Cure Violence Working Group made up of four members of the Greensboro City Council and four members of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, certainly looked and acted like a committee, but was it in fact a committee and subject to the North Carolina Open Meetings Law?

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Rare Joint Meeting Bogs Down Over How To Vote

At least they didn’t discuss the shape of the table, however the longest discussion of the rare joint meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the Greensboro City Council was about how to hold the vote on the Cure Violence program.

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Contracts For Proposed Cure Violence Program Released

Finally, there are some public documents about the proposed Cure Violence program. The Cure Violence program designed to treat violent crime and murders like a disease which the Greensboro City Council and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners have been discussing in private for months, is finally going to be discussed in public and the contracts they are slated to discuss are public documents.

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