The Greensboro City Council will hold its monthly public forum at the Tuesday, July 19 meeting at 5:30 in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber.

The public forum, also called speakers from the floor on non-agenda items, is usually held during the meeting on the first Tuesday of the month, but in July that meeting was canceled due to the July 4 holiday.

Because this is “hybrid” meeting, speakers have the option of speaking from the podium in the council chamber or speaking remotely via Zoom.  Those who plan to speak via Zoom must sign-up by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 18.  Those speaking in person have until 6 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign-up to speak.

With only one City Council meeting in July, it’s a full agenda with 31 items on the consent agenda, 17 items on the public hearing agenda and 13 items on the general business agenda.

Speakers are allowed to speak on any item on the public hearing or general business agenda.

Items H.2 and H.3 on the public hearing agenda may attract some speakers.  Those items are to allocate $142,600 to Downtown Greensboro Inc. “to provide funding to business owners in order to bring outdoor extensions up to accessibility standards, and to beautify those areas and bring them into a uniform aesthetic in order to promote economic development in the City of Greensboro.”

The agenda information about these items states that during the COVID-19 pandemic, “many downtown businesses created outdoor areas for use by their patrons, and the community has come to rely on these outdoor areas as the community continues to manage the after-effects of the pandemic. Due to significant financial constraints placed on these businesses at the time these outdoor areas were created, many of them lack basic design elements and fail to comply with accessibility requirements.”

It also notes that some of the businesses don’t have the financial resources to bring these areas into compliance and beautify them, so the city needs to step in with grants.