The Greensboro City Council monthly business meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 is once again dominated by requests for annexation and original zoning.
The business meeting held on the third Tuesday of the month does not include a public forum, where the public is able to speak on any topic. However, people are allowed to speak on any item on the agenda. It is also a hybrid meeting, where people can attend the meeting in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber or participate via Zoom.
The meeting technically begins at 4 p.m. but the City Council plans to go into a closed session immediately after calling the meeting to order and come back into open session at 5:30 p.m. Closed sessions often run longer than anticipated, which means the public portion may start after 5:30 p.m.
The closed session is reportedly being held to review City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba’s first seven months in office. Jaiyeoba’s first day as city manager was Feb. 1, so this would be his six-month review a little late. Jaiyeoba’s salary is $280,000 a year plus an executive allowance of $1,000 a month. He is one of the City Council’s two employees – the other is City Attorney Chuck Watts who received a $19,000 raise after his six-month review in 2019.
The agenda includes five requests for annexation and original zoning and two rezoning requests.
All five of the requests for annexation and original zoning are properties that will be in East Greensboro if the annexation is approved.
At a work session on Sept. 1 the City Council discussed a number of amendments to city ordinances designed to alleviate some of the issues involving the homeless population in downtown Greensboro. The City Council does not usually vote in work sessions, but there appeared to be support for the proposed ordinance amendments and Mayor Nancy Vaughan asked that the proposed amendments be placed on the agenda for the Sept. 20 meeting.
However, those proposed ordinance amendments are not on the agenda and Vaughan said the decision was made to place them on the agenda for the Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting.