Despite the best efforts of City Councilmember Zack Matheny, it appears the Greensboro City Council legislative agenda for 2023 is moving from an exercise in futility to bizarre.
Matheny suggested that the City Council choose a couple of initiatives that had a good chance of passing in the NC General Assembly and concentrate its efforts on those. But it didn’t appear he had Council support.
After much discussion of some of the proposed legislative items Matheny said, “What I’m trying to get us to do is to get out of the rut of settling for just some modifications versus some actual things that we may be able to get. Let’s ask for $2 million for the Randleman Road corridor. Let’s ask for it. Let’s ask for $10 million for brownfields. Let’s ask for it. Let’s ask for help with the News & Record site rather than just letting it be a hole in the ground. Let’s ask for something big. If we need a million or two for our downtown library, let’s ask for it, not some modification on whether we can lock some wheels or not.”
One proposal on the legislative agenda was for state law to be modified to allow Greensboro to put locks on the wheels of cars that had three more parking violations, even if the car was legally parked. Under the current law the vehicle has to have amassed at least three unpaid parking tickets and currently be parked illegally.
Matheny said, “Our legislative agenda should be more big picture, more strategic.”
He questioned having legislation supporting making the release of police body worn camera footage easier because it had been on the legislative agenda for years.
Mayor Nancy Vaughan noted that the last bill passed by the legislature made releasing police body worn camera videos, more difficult.
Matheny questioned supporting an issue that wasn’t going anywhere.
Councilmember Tammi Thurm said, “Just because we think something might not pass, if it’s the right thing to do we should ask for it because it’s the right thing.”
You expect Democrats to think? Zack, east Greensboro won’t support you.
Matheny does know that money the State spends on Greensboro requests is STILL PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS IN THE CITY OF GREENSBORO AND GUILFORD COUNTY doesn’t he? It’s not free money. Just like money that’s asked for from the Federal Government. Let’s be clear. None of this is free, Zack. Now if you’d like to donate some of your money for any of these projects and write it off your taxes, that would be an idea.
I guess Mandate Mayor is panicking over the Parking revenue that is slated for the Performance Arts Palace payments. That’s why she is pushing for a prepared food tax as well. Well to do attendees at Tangers Boondoggle are being subsidized by those that can least afford it.
Zack, you are asking for strategic and progressive (not in the liberal sense) thinking from geriatric, over spending, council members that could care less for the poor they constantly discuss or the middle class that seems to foot most of the bill.
Thank you once again Councilman Matheny! The proposed agenda is fluff. We have a lot of needs from the legislature. If you got o them with the proposed agenda you are just going to get a laugh out loud emoji. Cities should always be thinking forward and lobbying the legislature to help prepare for the future. I worked for four Governor’s administrations. This is not a legislative agenda worth looking at. You are competing against every city and town and county in NC and you want to present this…..lol! Heck, I can give you a list of projects to lobby for just from serving on Committees and following City activities. There is one thing that would be nice to have brought to the legislature…..term limits for City Councils and County Commissions.
Unfortunately you are the one-eyed man in the land of the blind (and deaf)
I’d rather hear Zack ask council person johnson to give an update on what benefits to the city has the 900k the cure violence produced. She hasn’t been very forthcoming with the results and given the recent crimes this weekend her program doesn’t seem to be working.
The council should be asking the legislature to remove the legislation that allows the retirement villages, Friends Home, Well Springs, White Star and other facilities that charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to join plus rent, be removed as non profit facilities and pay city and county property taxes. They use city facilities paid for by the tax payer but pay little or no fees to do so.