Despite hearing quick unfinished business items from the other members of the Greensboro City Council during it’s regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, Mayor Glenn Wright made a statement during one of the last two meetings of 2020.
“Coming from the Mayor there is a lot of unfinished business that should have been finished in the year 2020 and as we near the end of 2020,” Wright said. “However, I’ll get with the city manager and all the supervisors once again and go over it because I’m not satisfied with the operation and action I see going throughout the City of Greensboro, and I say this openly and boldly so that the press and all of you that are in here [despite] the condition and with COVID-19 that we are experiencing yet there can be more improvements in responsibility had and the job that we have laid out.”
“I have repeatedly said this to the city manager and I expect the city manager to pass it on down to the supervisors. So as the mayor of City of Greensboro I am hopeful to have a meeting again with the city manager and the supervisors that we can do a little bit better than we have been doing. We’re doing okay, but okay is not good enough.”
The statement came near the end of the meeting. During the meeting, the council also heard a request presented by Code Enforcer Rick Zeier from Jay Pullin to subdivide a parcel of land on Heritage Drive and rezone the parcel from multifamily residential to general commercial highway oriented district to use as boat storage. The council unanimously approved the request.
The council also heard from Bill Graden concerning the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club capital campaign. Graden was backed by several other supporters who petitioned the council to support the building of the new PNBGC. According to Graden, the capital campaign has currently raised $2,960,000 for the new facility.
Graden reported that they had a matching grant and have a goal of raising $3,270,000 for the new club. Graden also said they had come to the point in the fundraising that they were beginning to reach out to the general public for contributions to the project. He passed out pledge cards to each of the council members.
Wright suggested that Graden approach the other cities within Greene County about supporting the club. Graden said he had spoken with the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Board of Commissioners but that he hadn’t reached out to cities such as Union Point, Siloam and Woodville.
The council also heard a report from Festival Hall Director Nicole Chillemi about the hall. Chillemi reported that despite not being able to host events much of this year the hall has “survived.” Chillemi also reported that she is beginning to plan for potential future events in 2021.
When it came to new business, City Manager Larry Postell invited a representative from the Municipal Gas Authority to address the board about two opportunities.
The first program provides internal financing for natural gas appliances. Each citizen, residential not commercial, can finance up to $6,500 over 60 months or five years with no interest. According to the representative from the Municipal Gas Authority, no dollars come out of pocket for the City of Greensboro. The program just gives citizens who don’t have the installation fees for the natural gas appliances the ability to stretch those payments out over a number of months.
The second program offers incentives for existing homes with natural gas to off set some of the costs when replacing the appliances. The incentives help the citizens keep the natural gas appliances rather than switching to electric appliances which in turn helps the city.
The council unanimously adopted both Municipal Gas Authority programs.