Two Greensboro city councilmembers have announced upcoming virtual town hall meetings.

District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling usually holds “Java with Justin” at the Dolce Aroma Coffee Bar at 233 N. Elm St. on the Friday before the third Tuesday of the month when the City Council holds its business meeting. Since the stay-at-home has prevented that, Outling has been holding his Java with Justin get together via his Facebook page

The session will begin at noon on Friday, May 15 and last as long as people keep submitting questions and comments or until Outling runs out of things to talk about. Java with Justin is an informal gathering and the virtual format follows that pattern.

You may submit questions or comments on the Facebook page and Outling reads them and talks about them. City Manager David Parrish will be submitting his recommended budget at the Tuesday, May 19 virtual council meeting and the City Council heard a preliminary presentation on some of the major budget issues at its meeting on Tuesday, May 5.

The City Council hasn’t held any budget work sessions yet, and none have been formally scheduled, but between now and the Tuesday, June 16 City Council meeting, when the budget is scheduled to be formally adopted, the budget will be the primary focus of the council.

District 2 Councilmember Goldie Wells, who also holds regular town hall meetings, has scheduled a virtual town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 on Zoom. The town hall is open to all Greensboro residents, but to participate you must send an email to

The topics that Wells has listed for her virtual town hall meeting include the 2020 US Census, Phase II of the governor’s plan to reopen the state, updates from the city and virtual library programs.

This town hall will be after the manager’s recommended budget is presented, and during the period when the City Council is expected to be holding work sessions, so it would be surprising if the city’s 2020-2021 budget were not discussed.