The Greensboro City Council has a work session scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Plaza Level Conference Room.
The agenda for the Jan. 26 work session has not been released, but those who are interested in whatever topic is discussed should be warned that, while the meetings are broadcast live on the City of Greensboro YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/cityofgreensboronc, the sound and picture quality is so poor that it is often difficult to determine who is speaking or what that person is saying. The councilmembers do not have individual microphones as they do at regular City Council meetings. At times the ambient noise is louder than the speaker.
The work sessions are open to the public, but seating is limited and it is rare that someone other than members of the City Council or city staff is allowed to speak.
The City Council is holding its annual retreat next week on Thursday, Feb. 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and Friday Feb. 3 beginning at 7:15 a.m.
There is no end time listed for either day, but the City Council usually breaks for lunch and runs out of steam in midafternoon, regardless of the stated time of adjournment.
For the past decade these annual two-day meetings, when they have been held in person, have been at the conference room at the ACC Hall of Champions in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
However, this year the meetings will be held at the Color Works Meeting Space at Revolution Mill on Yanceyville Street. The meetings are open to the public.
Some years at the annual retreat the City Council engages in serious discussions about future plans and projects for the city. Other years the annual retreat is more touchy feely with councilmembers encouraged to talk about their feelings.
Usually at some point in the two-day session, colored dots are used to signify something.
From this retreat the city manager is supposed to be given the priorities for the next budget year, which begins on July 1, 2023.