The Greensboro City Council is meeting on Monday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber, instead of meeting on its regular meeting day, which is Tuesday.
The reason the City Council meeting was moved to Monday Nov. 6 is because Tuesday, Nov. 7 is an election day. However, it is not an election day for residents of Greensboro. Up until 2017, the mayor and members of the City Council were elected to two-year terms, but in 2017 the terms were changed to four years, so there is not an election in Greensboro this year. The next Greensboro municipal election will be in 2025.
The first council meeting of the month has a short business agenda and is primarily reserved for the one public forum the City Council holds each month. The last two public forums have resulted in speakers being banned from the chamber for three months. In September, Mayor Nancy Vaughan ordered that Luis Medina be removed from the meeting for being disruptive. Medina’s particular offense was violently slapping the microphone when he finished speaking.
According to City Council policy, when someone is removed from a council meeting for being disruptive, they are banned from personally attending council meetings for three months. They may, however, participate by phone or via Zoom.
At the October meeting, about 10 people were removed from the meeting for chanting and shouting in protest of Medina being banned. At least two of those 10, Billy Belcher and Del Stone, were banned for three months. All three say they are members of the Working Class and Houseless Organizing Alliance and are regular speakers at City Council public forums.
One item on the general business agenda for the Nov. 6 meeting cleans up some issues regarding compensation for the mayor and city councilmembers caused by the city switching from paying employees semimonthly to biweekly, and increases their total compensation. According to the ordinance, the mayor will be paid $29,734 a year plus a car allowance of $4,200. The mayor pro tem will be paid $23,365 a year plus a car allowance of $3,600, and councilmembers will be paid $22,809 a year plus a car allowance of $3,000.
The ordinance also establishes that the mayor and councilmembers may enroll eligible dependents in the city’s medical and dental plans. According to the agenda this has been a longstanding practice but was not established by ordinance.
The ordinance also states that the city will contribute 3.25 of each councilmember’s salary to the 401(a) deferred compensation plan and that councilmembers are eligible to participate in the 457(b) deferred compensation plan.
The ordinance also establishes that the mayor and city councilmembers will receive a raise each time the adopted budget includes a merit raise for city employees. The raise for city councilmembers is capped at 1.5 percent and may not exceed 50 percent of the merit raise for city employees.