The Greensboro City Council is holding a “strategy session” beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber in city hall.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held under a tent at the Historic Magnolia House, but because the weather forecast calls for rain, the meeting was moved to the Council Chamber.

What is being called a strategy session is a longer-than-usual work session with four items on the agenda rather than the one or two items that would be typical of a work session.

One item on the agenda is “Legislative Updates” from the new Intergovernmental Relations Manager LaToya Caesar-Crawford and Deputy City Attorney Al Andrews.

There is no information on the agenda about the legislative update, but Mayor Nancy Vaughan said that Caesar-Crawford would be presenting a proposed legislative agenda for the upcoming session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

The legislative agenda is a list of items that the City Council would like for the state legislature to pass, and in the past the City Council has spent an inordinate amount of time discussing the legislative agenda and has had limited success getting items through the legislature.

Vaughan said that she hoped the legislative agenda would be divided into three sections.  One section would have items such as the bill to allow Greensboro to use non-sworn personnel to investigate minor traffic accidents, which passed the state House and is currently in the Rules Committee in the state Senate.  Vaughan said that legislation to allow more flexibility in releasing police body-worn camera videos would also be on that list of legislation already introduced in Raleigh.

Vaughan said that she hoped the City Council would limit another section, comprised of a list of new legislation to be introduced, to about six items.  She said, “I don’t want that list to be 12 items long.”

According to Vaughan, the legislative agenda should also include a list of items that the City Council supports but would affect the entire state.

Vaughan said, “Our housing crisis is a statewide housing crisis.”  She suggested that the state should have a department of housing, but it wouldn’t make sense to put that on the Greensboro legislative agenda.

The other items on the agenda for the strategy session are:

“Leadership Edge Capstone Presentation

“Police Workforce Challenges and Retention/Offc of Community Safety/Police Chief Search Update

“Strategy Frame Work.”