The Greensboro City Council is holding its once-a-month public forum meeting on Tuesday, July 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber.

This is the only meeting of the month where the public is invited to come and speak to the City Council about any topic on their mind and is usually held on the first Tuesday of the month.  Since the first Tuesday of this month was July 4, the meeting is being held on the second Tuesday of the month.

The public is allowed to speak at regular meetings of the City Council on any item on the agenda for three minutes, but only at the first meeting of the month are people allowed to speak on non-agenda items.

In the past, the first meeting of the month was devoted entirely to the public forum.  However, the City Council has added resolutions, a consent agenda, time sensitive public hearings and a short general business agenda to the meeting.

The consent agenda is supposed to be made up of noncontroversial matters that don’t require discussion and are all passed with a single vote.

The policy of the City Council is that if any councilmember would like to discuss a consent agenda item, that item is removed from the consent agenda and placed on the general business agenda for the next meeting.  But this is rarely done.

However, the general business agenda for the July 11 meeting actually has an item that was removed from the consent agenda at the June 20 meeting by Councilmember Sharon Hightower.

Item I.1 is to consider accepting the transfer of an existing lease for property at 602 South Regional Road from the North Carolina Department of Transportation at no cost to the city.

The property is the former PART operations hub and the city plans to lease the property to a private third party to use for oversized vehicle parking. According to the agenda, the site could accommodate up to eight oversized vehicles.