The Greensboro City Council met on Tuesday, October 4 to discuss resolutions on community planning and organizational recognition
A moment of silence was held for Mandy Ward, a lead advocate of the Greensboro Child Response Initiative, which helped more than 10,000 impoverished children and families. Ward leaves in her absence a baby girl, and many other friends and family.
Laura Beasely, an engineer specialist, is the courier who is recognized- she specializes in keeping Greensboro’s water supply clean. When recognized, Beasely said, “Thanks to the [City] Council for this honor of being recognized. I hope to continue making the progress we have made so far, and continue serving the city of Greensboro.”
There was also a resolution recognizing the Guilford College and New Garden Area as a Heritage Community. It was recognized as a Heritage Community because both have a deep and rooted history in Quakerism.
The first item on the agenda was the resolution recognizing Dr. Gregory T. Headen’s retirement from Genesis Baptist Church. Headen had served in the ministry for over 44 years. He also twice visited the White House during the Ronald Reagan administration.
The second agenda item recognized the United Way Greensboro campaign, which aims to alleviate poverty in Greensboro’s most impoverished sections. The United Way Greensboro campaign is run by a church, and according to Mayor Nancy Vaughan, “has helped countless lives in this Greensboro Area, giving hope to those who saw no possibility of surviving in such poverty.”
The United Way Greensboro campaign frequently holds charities and food drives, of which the proceeds are donated to those in need.
The third agenda item was a resolution declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month- wherein domestic violence encompasses all types of abuse upon another in an intimate relationship. According to Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, “It is truly necessary for our community and beyond. Domestic violence is a prevalent problem not only in Greensboro but in Guilford County as a whole, and it is something we desperately need to address.”
There was also a resolution recognizing October as Community Planning Month. This entails a specific time and date to be decided by the Council and community members involved with the City Council to come together in order to plan events that will bring the Greensboro closer together.
“This will give us as a community more unity,” At Large Councillor Marikay Abuzuaiter said, “and allow us to hear from community members who otherwise would not have had a platform to speak towards what they desire to see from the Council.”
Audience member Gertrude Weinstein asked about the MWB Compliance Policy- and how the percentages did not add up. The original total was 9 percent, but the numbers added up to more than 9percent. MWB Compliance Policy regards the Greensboro Coliseum Parking Lot.
“The numbers adding up to more than 9 percent actually…means that the construction team did more than was necessary,” At Large Councillor Mike Barber responded. “This is a good thing.”
The next Greensboro City Council meeting will be held on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber in the Melvin Municipal Office Building, and will be open to the public.