On Tuesday, April 6, the Greensboro City Council plans to give a surplus van to the Interactive Resource Center (IRC).

The donation is item 14 on the April 6 meeting agenda, which lists NC General Statute 160A-280 as giving the city the authority to make this gift.

The IRC provides services for the homeless population during the day, and the executive director of the IRC is City Councilmember Michelle Kennedy.

While it is legal for the City Council to donate surplus city property to a nonprofit with certain restrictions, it is unusual for the city to donate a surplus vehicle to a nonprofit.

According to city staff, it has been done in the past, but examples of other nonprofit organizations in Greensboro that have received free vehicles from the city could not be immediately found.

Obtaining a free van from the City of Greensboro for the IRC pales in comparison to the contract that City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson negotiated with the city for One Step Further, the nonprofit where she is executive director.

One Step Further has received about $900,000 from the City of Greensboro during the past two years to run the Cure Violence program.

The main purpose of the first meeting of the month is to hold the public forum that the City Council is required by state law to hold at least once a month.  The public forum is commonly called “speakers from the floor,” when anyone can come before the City Council and speak about the topic of their choosing.

Also on the agenda for the April 6 meeting is a resolution approving the sale of property by the Redevelopment Commission of Greensboro at the intersection of South Elm Street and Gate City Boulevard to developers for the next stage of the Union Square campus.  This item was on the agenda for the Feb. 16 and the March 16 meetings of the City Council but was continued both times.

The land sale was continued from the March 16 meeting at the request of Mayor Nancy Vaughan, who stated she wanted to hold a work session to discuss the development before voting on it at the April 6 meeting.

That discussion was held at the March 23 City Council work session and was of interest because there was no new information about the planned mixed-use development presented that was not available for the March 16 meeting.

However, the third time is supposed to be the charm and this $50 million redevelopment project will reportedly be approved at the April 6 meeting.