It appears the Greensboro City Council is taking up right where it left off with the first City Council meeting of 2022 on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
The agenda for the Jan. 4 meeting was posted at 1:53 on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The agenda was then amended and reposted a few hours later at 8:08 p.m.
City of Greensboro offices are closed on Friday, Dec. 31 so that is one day when changes to the agenda won’t be made. However, if City Council meetings follow the pattern of 2021 several more changes to the agenda will be made prior to the meeting on Jan. 4.
The Jan. 4 meeting is not only the first meeting of the year, but the first meeting of the month which is primarily devoted to hearing from speakers from the floor on non-agenda items or what is more commonly referred to as a public forum.
Previous City Councils have held public forums at both of their regular monthly meetings, but the City Council elected in 2017 has held public forums only at the first meeting of the month.
According to the current City Council “hybrid” meeting format speakers may either come to the Council Chamber and speak from the podium or may speak to the City Council via Zoom. Councilmembers also have the option of attending the meeting in person or via Zoom. Those planning to speak are requested to complete the form at this site: https://form.jotform.com/202643500426041
A limited number of people are allowed to attend the meetings in person and people are asked to leave after they have spoken or after the item that they came to the meeting to hear has been concluded.
There isn’t much on the current agenda for the Jan. 4 meeting other than the public forum and a number of resolutions. The agenda currently has no public hearing items or general business items and only one consent agenda item.
However, as noted the agenda is subject to change right up until a hours before the scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m.
At the last meeting of 2021 on Dec. 21 the original start time of the meeting was 5:30 p.m. that was changed to 5 p.m. and then altered again to 4:30 p.m. in order to hold a closed session prior to the open portion of the meeting which was still scheduled to begin at 5:30, however the open portion of the Dec. 21 meeting didn’t begin until 6 p.m.