The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has a whole lot of things on its plate right now and the board has decided to get together for an afternoon work session on Thursday, Oct. 19 to put a fork in some of those things.
The county currently has several capital projects underway, but the one the commissioners will likely want to hear the most about is the new Sheriff’s Department headquarters project – after having to do a painful do over earlier this year.
The county had hired Samet Construction to lead the roughly $20-million project that will be built in place of the Old Guilford County jail in downtown Greensboro, but then the county had to rebid the project after dropping Samet under mysterious circumstances earlier this year.
Another issue that’s front and center before the board is the issuance of some of the $1.7 billion in school bonds that county voters approved last year. One major question is along what timeline the board should raise that money. School officials in the past have always wanted to get as much money as they can as soon as possible. However, the county commissioners are the ones who get to say when that money is raised by the sale of bonds – and, given that interest rates are around 5 percent rather than near zero, they have to think a lot harder about the best timeline for raising the money.
At the work session, the commissioners will also receive a report on a study of the availability and use of county property and buildings.
They’ll also discuss potential “flexible work arrangements” for county personnel.
Given the stunning number of benefits and pay raises the board has showered on county employees in recent years, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the employees asked for the right to work from home every day and the commissioners unanimously approved the request.
The meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the John McAdoo Conference Room on the third floor of the county-owned Truist Building at 201 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro.