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.
Still no completed greenways, rampant crime, Mandated business closures, riots downtown, complete freeze out of public comments and proper agendas for almost a year now. At least our Mandate Mayor and friends can look forward to their performance art mounment and it’s new security plan that is necessary due to a shooting a few days ago right outside.
How much is your freedom worth?
Mostly lofty goals. Many are in favor of these, they sure sound good. So they are going to live on their goals, and accomplish little – such as homicides, violet crime, ad nauseum. Buena suerte.
Perhaps the Prez will get the LEFT’s $15/hr minimum wage passed. That will give a 15% or more raise in wages. If passed, the city will crow about that. Reduced employment will follow. Many jobs are not worth $15/hr, or some $30,000/year. They will be slowly eliminated. Then even more will be out of work, and clamor to be on the govt dole. More votes for the Dems. Those most accomplished will leave CA, NY, NJ, or even the U.S. APPLE has a huge presence in Ireland. The underground economy will grow.
Oh, by the way, the ruling Govt was guaranteed JOBS, too. In that you can’t be fired for ANY reason other than for cause. Once you get on anywhere, you can just show up and collect your check. Examples of that can be found in numerous govt buildings right here in Guilford Co.
Hoping for the best in NC
“Ultra light” is what they are drinking.
over-anticiported in NC
The resolution re: settling claims for which the city is immune but wants to fork out anyway is of some concern.