The agenda for the 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 City Council virtual work session lists an “update” on the city’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program.
However, the presentation which was posted on Wednesday, Sept. 29 is not an “update” at all.
The report mainly covers what the MWBE program is and how it operates.
The report begins with information about the disparity study which provides the legal justification for the city to operate a program that discriminates based on race and gender.
The report concludes with copies of the forms and affidavits that contractors are required to fill out to comply with the MWBE program.
The City Council is supposed to establish policies and the city manager one of the two city employees who report directly to the City Council is supposed to carry out those policies.
City councilmembers often state that it is not their job to “micro-manage” city departments. It would be difficult to find a better example of micro-managing than to have the City Council discuss the information required on forms and affidavits to be filled out by contractors bidding on a city construction project.
A department update usually covers services the department has provided and problems it foresees. An update from the Water Resources Department does not cover the size of the pipes that deliver water the water treatment plants or how often filters are replaced.
The “update” goes into detail about the “Goal Setting Committee” and the process the committee follows to establish the MWBE goals for projects.
It also lists the forms and affidavits that contractors are required to submit to comply with the MWBE program and how a contractor documents a “good faith effort” was made if the goals are not met.
If councilmembers were confused about what information was required on “Affidavit F” versus the information required on “Affidavit C” their questions will be answered in this “update.”
However, if councilmembers are interested in the progress of the MWBE program and how the additional city resources have affected the desired outcomes, that information is not covered in the “update.”
Same old same old. Just another disguised welfare program.
Just like City Council
MANY WOMEN BI___ING EVERDAY about things that don’t improve Greensboro one bit.
Is MWBE still relevant? According to the 2020 census females outnumber males in Greensboro, and there is no longer a majority race. What is MWBE based upon?
Black council members and black people only
The fact that whites are no longer a majority race has scared all of you too much. It’s OK, becoming a minority won’t be too bad. I know it’s scary for the whites!
I’m white. I’m not scared
Dog you and anyone else who vote for the liberal democrats and their socialist agenda should be scared of what is happening to this country. The democrats said in 1068 give the blacks the the “gimmes”they want and they will vote democrat for life and guess what is happening. I see a bunch of sheep who don’t realize that they are nothing but slaves to the democrat party but be warned the day of reckoning is coming you should be afraid.
If you have not figured out the problem with the city council and county commissioners are led by Democrats and Minorities.Skip has made reference before that he was on the board to mainly vote for Minority interests.Look at Hightower on City council.,very seldom does a week go by that she isn’t hollering about MWBE.Both boards are spending taxpayers money like Drunken Sailors.
Can you send out some MWBEs to the C-F that is the intersection of W. Market St. & Guilford College Rd? We are in the second decade of whatever this is.
The contractor for the W Market and Guilford College Rd MUST be a minority who can’t do the job and is taking a long time trying to finger out how to proceed. Maybe the longer time taking to complete the work is giving them more money. I travel this area often and I’m surprised that there has not been major accidents because this is a very dangerous section of both roads. Traffic lanes are NOT marked off, orange cones everywhere, a median that is hard to see especially when trying to turn and get in the right lane. VERY DANGEROUS!!!!!!
I have decided to circumnavigate that area. The last time I was there, the left turn lane (onto Market) was closed and there was a sign indicating NO LEFT TURN, but numerous idiots were attempting to make the left turn from the straight lane, thus creating a big back-up. When I got close enough to see what was happening, I sat down on my horn. The idiots decided to go straight, but I’m sure that the backup continued after I left the area. We have so many stupid, inconsiderate drivers in this area. Their situation awareness is zero and they don’t mind inconveniencing others.
I think it’s great that Greensboro makes such important decisions based on race and sex!! How progressive!
What happened to just selecting the low bid of those businesses that are qualified? I am sick and tired of everything being about minorities!!! They have the same opportunities as anyone else; in some cases better.
My tax dollars should not go to prop up a minority business that is not up to par. Because of the racist Greensboro City Council, it’s all about black businesses.
And while I’m venting: blacks make up about 13% of the U.S. population; more in the Triad area. However, they get 87% of the attention. TV commercial actors are mostly blacks; when other ethnicities are in the commercial the blacks are prominent. If one didn’t know better, TV commercials would lead one to believe that almost all couples are of mixed race. Many of the products being advertised by blacks are not even things that blacks would purchase.
And then, there’s all the marching and protesting, which doesn’t help the cause at all. I don’t see Asians, Hispanics, Middle Easterners, etc. out creating traffic gridlock; they’re working instead of availing themselves of all the free stuff.
just say you’re racist
You should just say “I’m a moron “
I remember a few years ago when a minority contractor got the job to install the windows at the new Brightwood elementary school. They stopped work on the job after they were told the work was sub-par. Their work stoppage held up the school project a couple months but then they went to skippy and the county commissioners told them they needed more money in order to finish the job guess what happened wait for it they were given more money even though they had bid the job like every other contractor with the same bid package. That would never have been done for a WHITE contractor so if this post makes me racist so be it.
It does make you racist as you imply color of skin makes the difference. There are great contractors of color just as there are white and there are awful contractors who are white just as there are contractors color.
So yup. You are a racist and big part of what keeps America from being Great.
Oh, and it is people with your racist mentality that we HAVE to have programs such as MWBE.
Remember the most recent “MWBE disparity study” only cost John Q. Taxpayer $300k if my memory is correct. Nevermind the countless ones before or the meetings, or that other nearby entities had studies in hand they could have read. This is a constant issue with these clowns. John Q. wants you to move the hell on, get something done with the lowest responsible bidder, shut up about who, what, or where they are, or give us a refund on the study and resign. We really don’t care if the owner is of any certain race, gender, or what color his last 3 trucks were. Can they do the job as described, do it right, and within the alotted budget? Yes? That’s the right choice, No? Not that one. I’m pretty sure even a 5th grader could explain this for them.
They need to look at how much money that department has cost them in recent years. On the General Construction side and in Waste Water Treatment..