The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room in the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro. 

So far, the only item that’s been announced for that agenda is a public hearing to spruce up some of the language in development ordinances pertaining to floodplain provisions. However, after a dramatic end to 2021 for the board, citizens can expect the commissioners to address some large and interesting matters at the start of the New Year.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners usually has a very low-key December – however, the board closed out this year with a great deal of major business. It put a $1.7 billion school bond referendum on the next county ballot, began focusing on a new headquarters for the Sheriff’s Department, and saw the departure of Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne and a great deal of other long-time county talent.

Toward the end of 2022, the board also granted 5 percent pay raises to all county employees and approved large incentives and investment packages – including a $2 million infrastructure package for Piedmont Triad International Airport. 

On top of those moves, the board addressed a variety of major issues related to the pandemic and spending federal relief money.

Like most people, the commissioners will get a couple of weeks off and then get right back to it on the Jan. 6 – barring an unforeseen emergency meeting, that is.

The board adopted its calendar for 2022 as well.  The board – which is required by law to meet at least once a month – has scheduled its meetings in the same manner it has in recent years. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month, except for July, when the board will only meet on July 21, the third Thursday in that month. 

The board will also hold a one- or two-day annual retreat for some high-level strategic planning. The time and place of the 2022 retreat has yet to be announced; however, in recent years, the county has held those lengthy meetings in late February or early March.