The Greensboro City Council has a history of adopting resolutions regarding the actions of the North Carolina General Assembly that mainly serve to antagonize the conservative Republican majority in the state legislature.

It appears that, at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting, the City Council plans to go one step further.  The resolutions in the agenda indicate that the Greensboro City Council is unclear about what year it is and about the power and authority vested in a City Council.

In July 2022, Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba hired Guilford County Schools Greensboro College Middle College Principal LaToya Caesar-Crawford as the city’s first intergovernmental relations manager.  In the past, the Greensboro City Council legislative agenda has been handled by the Greensboro city attorney, but for the 2023 session the city’s legislative agenda is being handled by Caesar-Crawford.

The “Resolution To Adopt The State Housing Fund” up for approval at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 City Council meeting begins, “WHEREAS, the 2023 Legislative Session of the North Carolina General Assembly will begin January, 2023.”

One has to hope that this was written in 2022 and the writer failed to read over the proposed resolution before it was placed on the City Council agenda.  The beginning of the 2023 legislative session is not in the future, it is in the past.

Then the resolution, explains what the long session of the North Carolina General Assembly “will be.” The legislators do not need to be told the purpose of the long session and it isn’t going to be held at some point in the future, it is being held now.

Resolutions typically have a number of clauses that began, “Whereas,” and then the final clause, which in this case is more troubling than the whereas clauses.

This resolution ends, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO: That the Greensboro City Council hereby adopts the State Housing Fund.”

The Greensboro City Council has no authority to adopt the state housing fund that would be the job of the state legislature.

When asked about this resolution, Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “I’m not sure why that line is in there because we are actually asking them to increase the state housing fund.”

All six resolutions regarding the legislative agenda of the City Council have similar issues.

Vaughan said that the resolutions would be revised before the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting.