Sunday, January 19th, 2020

Author: John Hammer

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Councilmembers Wells And Outling Holding Public Meetings

District 2 City Councilmember Goldie Wells is holding a town hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett College Global Learning Center at 521 Gorrell St.City Councilmember Justin Outling is holding his monthly “Java with Justin” on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Dolce Aroma coffee shop at 233 N. Elm St.

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Questions Raised About Rhino Times Article On Lawsuit

Greensboro City Attorney Chuck Watts said he thought the article in the Rhino Times about the Point South Homeowners Association lawsuit gave an unfair representation of the city’s position.Point South is suing Greensboro because, in 2019, the homeowners association discovered that it had paid for dumpster service on a dumpster it didn’t have from 2007 to 2019 and the amount of the overpayment was $68,000.

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Council To Consider Syngenta Incentive Request Thursday

This is the week in between regular City Council meetings and is usually a slow week as far as City Council business is concerned. But on Thursday, Jan. 16, the City Council is holding a special meeting at 4 p.m. on an incentive request that has a lot of implications.The request is from Syngenta for $1.7 million.

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DGI President Zack Matheny Goes International

The vast majority of press releases from Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) are filled with good news about downtown Greensboro.But the press release that went out Monday, Jan. 6 wasn’t about downtown Greensboro or DGI. It was about a new position for DGI President Zack Matheny.Matheny has been elected to the International Downtown Association board of directors.

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Council To Meet On Syngenta Incentive Request Jan. 16

The Greensboro City Council is holding a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16, to consider a unique request for a $1.7 million economic incentive.The request is from Syngenta, and what makes the request unique is that Syngenta is requesting an economic incentive, not for a capital investment that will allow it to add to its workforce, but for a capital investment so it won’t move its operation – including 650 jobs that pay an average of $107,000 – somewhere else.

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The Tanger Budget Amendments On Council Agenda

At the Greensboro City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, the council will take votes and conduct the city’s business.Which may not sound like news, but for the past two years the City Council has held a meeting on the first Tuesday of the month where it did neither. The council, with the notable exception of Councilmember Sharon Hightower, sat and heard speakers come to the podium and speak for five minutes about whatever was on their minds, but by agreement did not discuss their statements or take action.

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First Time Home Owner Program More Than Triples Goal

Goal setting can be a tricky process, and as it turned out Greensboro wasn’t even close when it set the goal of turning 100 renters into homeowners in 2019.But it wasn’t close in the right direction. By the end of 2019, the Neighborhood Development Department and Housing Consultants Group (HCG) had helped 317 families purchase homes, which translates into nearly $43 million worth of real estate purchased according to HCG Executive Director Sofia Crisp.

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County May Give Greensboro Mental Health Program $250K

Greensboro in 2020 is going to be in the mental health business, which has always been a province of the Guilford County government.One of the issues raised about Greensboro starting a mental health program was that it was a service provided by Guilford County, but it appears that Guilford County is at least going to participate in paying for the program.

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New Mental Health Team’s Response Won’t Be Rapid According To Staff

In 2020, Greensboro will spend $500,000 on a new mental health program, which includes a mental health response team that will be available 24/7 for any city employee who believes they are dealing with someone who is having a mental health crisis.From the City Council discussion on Dec. 17, which is the only time the new program has been discussed in public in any detail, several issues were apparent. One, nobody knows the details of how the program will work, or the actual goal of the program.

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Lawndale And Lake Jeanette Rezoning Already Has Opposition

It appears that 2020 is going to kick off with a bang, at least as far as rezoning requests go.There is already one rezoning request on the agenda for the Wednesday, Jan. 22 Zoning Commission meeting that has garnered quite a bit of opposition and at this point no one knows exactly what the request will be.

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