The first version of the agenda for the Greensboro City Council meeting at 5:30 pm. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber has been released.

The current practice is to release a version of the agenda and then, up until hours before the meeting begins, subsequent versions –  adding items and reports – will be released.  So, while this agenda has the majority of what will be on the final agenda, it most likely is not the complete agenda for the meeting.

The City Council moved back into the Council Chamber this month and is holding “hybrid” meetings where councilmembers and the public may participate in person or via Zoom.  People are asked to leave the Council Chamber after their item has been heard to allow for social distancing at the meeting.  Masks are required except when a person is speaking at the podium.

The City Council is expected to approve the official resolution for the $135 million bond referendum, which includes $30 million in Housing Bonds, $70 million in Parks and Recreation Bonds, $14 million in Firefighting Facilities Bonds, $6 million in Law Enforcement Facilities Bonds and $15 million in Transportation Bonds.

Each of the bonds will be a separate item on the ballot which means voters will vote “Yes” or “No” on each bond, not on the entire package.

The bond resolution does raise an interesting question.

The resolution states, “A bond referendum is hereby called to be held between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at which there shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the City the questions stated in the form of ballot set forth in Section 4 of this resolution.”

April 26, 2022 is the probable date of the City Council election but not the definite date.  According to the state statute setting the municipal elections for the spring of 2022, those elections may be held on April 26, 2022, but if there is a primary runoff election for a US Senate seat or for a member of the US House of Representatives, the primary runoff and municipal elections will be held on May 17, 2022.

The resolution sets April 26 as the definite date of the bond referendum.

The Rhino Times requested clarification of this issue from the Greensboro City Attorney’s Office, but Veterans’ Day is a city holiday and no response was received in time for this publication.