Former District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling often complained about the lack of information provided to the City Council during his tenure on the City Council.

At the Tuesday, Sept. 6 meeting, District 3 City Councilmember Zack Matheny voiced a similar complaint.

The City Council was being asked to accept a lower lien position for two affordable housing projects.  Housing and Neighborhood Development Assistant Director Cynthia Blue explained that because of the increased cost of construction, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency was putting more money into the project and would be at a higher lending level than the City of Greensboro.

Blue said that those with the highest dollar amounts invested are usually in the highest lien positions.

Greensboro was being asked to move from the second position to the third position for the Lofts at Elmsley project and from the third position to the fourth position for Yanceyville Place project.

Matheny said, “This is not enough information for me.  There are no addresses of the property.  Are these being built new?”

He said, “I don’t know how many homes we are building.”

Matheny said that the city was committing $2.5 million and being asked to move from the third lien position to the fourth, which was a concern for him.

Matheny said that he was not opposed to the projects but didn’t have enough information to make a decision.  He said, “I can’t find the name of the developer.”

He said, “The issue I have is a lack of information.”

Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, who was presiding at the meeting, asked Matheny if he wanted to table the item so that he could get more information.

Matheny said that if the rest of the City Council was comfortable voting for it, he didn’t want to hold things up.

The motion to approve the change in lien positions passed on a 7-1 vote with Matheny voting no.  Mayor Nancy Vaughan was at a conference in Utah and did not participate in the meeting.