Compared to the booming agenda for the Wednesday, Jan. 26 Greensboro City Council meeting, the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 meeting is kind of boring.
Of course, it’s hard to top a meeting that results in an announcement that a supersonic airplane manufacturer is going to spend a minimum of $500 million to build a manufacturing plant at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
The Jan. 26 meeting was also the first in-person meeting of the City Council since April 2020, but the Feb. 1 meeting returns to the “hybrid” format where councilmembers, staff and the public are allowed to participate in-person or virtually. However the agenda states, “Residents are encouraged to continue to participate in the meeting virtually.” So while residents may come to Katie Dorsett Council Chamber in city hall and speak to the City Council in person, they will only be allowed into the Council Chamber to speak and will be asked to leave once their item has been completed.
The agenda also states, “Face coverings will be required for all attendees.”
The primary purpose of the first City Council meeting of the month is to hold a public forum also called speakers from the floor. It is the only regular meeting of the month where the public is invited to speak on the topic of their own choosing.
There are no public hearing items on the agenda and only one general business item, awarding a contract for $4.5 million to Blythe Construction for street resurfacing.
Blythe Construction met the Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) goals set for the project by the MWBE office of 10 percent minority business enterprise (MBE) and 18 percent women’s business enterprise (WBE). In the past City Councilmember Sharon Hightower has complained about awarding contracts to bidders who only meet and don’t exceed the MBE goals. So, it will be surprising if Hightower doesn’t have more than a few comments about this contract that meets but doesn’t exceed the MBE goals.