The Greensboro City Council held a historic meeting on Tuesday, March 31 in the Council Chamber.
It wasn’t historic because of anything the City Council did. In fact, most of the actions taken was pretty routine. It was historic because it was closed to the public, but the media was invited to attend.
Dick Barron from the News & Record and John Hammer from the Rhino Times were the only people in the room who don’t receive a regular paycheck from the city.
The city staff at the meeting was also pared down considerably. Only City Manager David Parrish, City Attorney Chuck Watts, City Clerk Angela Lord and one other city employee were in the room for the entire meeting. Assistant City Manager Trey Davis was sitting in the audience for much of the meeting. Assistant City Manager Chris Wilson walked into the room and walked out. It was hardly even long enough to be considered a cameo appearance.
Three city councilmembers, Goldie Wells, Tammi Thurm and Sharon Hightower, participated in the meeting by phone. Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Councilmembers Justin Outling, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Yvonne Johnson (wearing a mask), Michelle Kennedy and Nancy Hoffmann were all present in the room. Only having six councilmembers at the meeting allowed them to spread out. Outling sat in Hightower’s seat at the end of the dais.
Vaughan started the meeting by talking about the current situation in Greensboro, with an unprecedented stay-at-home order in place, and said, “We are in unique circumstances. We were all looking forward to a month of amazing celebration and what really might have been a turning point and here we are in unprecedented times. As of a few hours ago our confirmed cases were up to 52. It’s not a good trend.” She noted that everyone’s lives have been changed in one way or another and that it appeared things would continue as they are into the near future. She asked that people pray for those most affected, either by the coronavirus itself or by the financial hardships on so many because of the restrictions.
The only item on the agenda was the Consent Agenda, which included 49 items. And, just as with most City Council meetings, the majority of the discussion about those items – which by council policy are not supposed to be discussed – was from Hightower who, after all the improvements made and the money spent on the Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, still has complaints about nearly every contract.
The City Council eventually passed every item on the consent agenda.
Kennedy, who is the executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, a day time center for the homeless, talked about issues involving the homeless and asked the city to stop private landowners from evicting homeless camps from their land.
Watts said that there were issues with private property rights but that given some time he would come up with a solution.
The meeting lasted a little under an hour.
Michelle Kennedy is about as useful as a swimming pool filled with manure.
“Hey, I have a concern about zoning changes near my property.”
… and crickets from Michelle Kennedy.
Well I’d like to know what state of mind Kennedy is in to even suggest that land owners dont have a right to evict people from their property. For crying out loud let the great and powerful people who govern chip in and buy some property that people can camp on. How about purchasing some old buildings and starting a make shift camp (if you will) out of them. Please keep us posted so land owners can be present to make themselves be heard by Kennedy.
I mean seriously…am I missing something here?
Perhaps Michelle Kennedy would like to invite the homeless who are living on others’ property to come live on her property.
Thank you, Susan Tysinger and Donna Baker for your comments, which were exactly what I was thinking.
totally against city telling people they can’t remove people from their land
Now all know that the statement ;”not the brightest bulb in the chandelier “. Is this woman Michelle Kennedy really for real.This is one of the reasons the city council is always raising your city taxes ,water rates or some tax almost every year.When will the people of Greensboro get tired of all these taxes.Don’t you think it’s time to vote all these Dems out and get a majority Republican .Just look at the county commissioners.In 3/4 terms they have not raised taxes .When Skip and the Dems were in charge ,almost every year they raised taxes.It would be really great if we could get rid of all Dems in NC and the U S. Cooper is a great example,he wanted to start with raising taxes but the senate and house had a veto proof.Lets get back to that by getting rid of Cooper and then vote Trump back in