During the coronavirus crisis with a statewide stay-at-home order in place, one of the chief ways the City of Greensboro has to communicate with the people of Greensboro is its website at https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/home.
But it doesn’t appear the city is making the best use of that essential tool in communicating at a time when city hall is closed to the public, public meetings are being held with virtual public comment periods and most of the city offices are closed to the public.
On the city website, the landing page cycles through “Campaign Sign Rules,” “Housing Connect GSO,” “Gateway Gardens,” “LeBauer Park” and “Bog Garden.” And if you click on one of these pages there is no mention of the new rules in place during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. The park hours have changed and so have the rules for attending parks.
It seems information like the fact that the playgrounds at all the parks have been closed, as well as the public restrooms, would be information that the city would want to get out to the public in as many ways as possible, and the landing page on the city’s website providing out-of-date information is not helpful.
“Campaign Sign Rules” haven’t changed due to the coronavirus, but the last election in Greensboro was March 3 and the next one will be Nov. 3. Back in February, having campaign sign rules prominently displayed on the website made sense, but what is the point in May?
People all over the city are confused by the new rules for yard waste and household goods such as furniture and old appliances.
Driving around town you see yard waste out in front of many houses day after day. Even many of those who know yard waste pickup has been suspended don’t realize that the fees for a resident taking their yard waste to the White Street Landfill have been suspended or that household items are being picked up but that it is now being done by appointment.
There is a lot of information about the coronavirus situation that should be communicated to the residents of Greensboro that are currently far more important than campaign sign rules, or the hours parks used to operate before all the restrictions when into effect.
AMEN, JOHN! Amen.
Good point. Have you reached out to the Mayor and/or city council asking for comment?
Surprised? Not me. From a professional and experienced standpoint (I had a job which took me to every nook and cranny of NC), I can say without a doubt Greensboro always has been and continues to be the anal orifice of North Carolina. It is a horrible city, led by total incompetence at the city as well as the county level. In all my statewide travels I can say there is no place worse than Greensboro.
Greensboro City doesn’t want you to have a good website experience on purpose. Neither does the County. (I know this because I know someone who worked on setting up the County website years ago and specifically made user-friendly suggestions and was told they didn’t want it to be user-friendly. They don’t want you to be able to contact anyone, get information or in any way have the chance to complain, ask questions, or talk to them. This allows them to keep control through ignorance.