To describe the agenda for the virtual Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as light would not do it justice. Perhaps ultra-light would be better.
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and does include the monthly virtual public comment period, which can be interesting.
The City Council set goals to accomplish at its annual retreat held in February 2020. This is the last meeting before the 2021 annual retreat on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12. So this is the last possible meeting for the City Council to attempt to make progress on those goals, before the council analyzes its progress and discusses the goals for 2021.
The goals set at the 2020 annual retreat are:
Reduce violent crime by 20 percent by 2022
Raise per capita median household income by 15 percent by 2025
Bring the fund balance to 15 percent of the annual budget by 2023
Increase by 20 percent the number of people who can reach their place of employment without the use of their personal vehicle by 2023
Implement a long term plan for recycling by 2023
Form partnerships to increase committed affordable housing for people who are at 0 to 60 percent of Area Median Income by 1,000 units by 2022
Implement a plan to receive the Gold LEED award for cities by 2023
One goal that the city certainly did accomplish is increasing the number of people who can reach their place of employment without use of their personal vehicle by 20 percent. With so many people working from home because of COVID-19, that number is no doubt much higher than 20 percent for 2020.
One item on the City Council agenda for the Feb. 2 meeting that is noteworthy is accepting the grant of $8.9 million in Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Funds. This is part of the COVID-19 relief package Congress passed in December making its way to Greensboro, just a little bit later than the $600 checks many people received this week that were also part of that package. The bill was held up because former President Donald Trump wanted those checks to be for $2,000 instead of $600.