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August 6: The City Council approved a $104,000 contract with HIT Solutions and Meraki Inc. to build a wireless internet-access network to provide free service to downtown High Point.
August 27: High Point began a two-year process to rewrite its zoning ordinance. The City Council hired the Chapel Hill office of Denver-based Clarion Associates LLC to rewrite the zoning ordinance, guided by an advisory committee of developers, redevelopers, High Point Planning and Zoning Commission members, architects, city planners and members of the High Point City Project, which the City Council created in an effort to redevelop High Point's traditional neighborhoods.
September 17: The City Council, in a long and unusually heated meeting, approved a rezoning request to allow the construction of a 10-pump Sheetz gas station, convenience store and fast food restaurant on the south side of West Lexington Avenue, between Westchester Drive and Kentucky Street.
October 1: The City Council carried through with three years of threats to order the demolition of most of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Meredith Street owned by Schwarz Properties LLC of Asheboro.
November 6: High Pointers elected Sims the first black mayor of High Point, and changed the occupants of seven seats on the nine-member City Council. Smothers won an at-large seat.
November 19: The City Council voted 7 to 2 to approve, effective in May 2013, the annexation of 431 acres for a business park north of High Point on a site assembled by D.H. Griffin.
November 29: Lame-duck Ward 3 City Councilmember Mike Pugh, who was defeated in November by former High Point Mayor Judy Mendenhall, picked several fights on his way out – one by trying to organize neighbors of D.H. Griffin's proposed business park to challenge the City Council's annexation of the land in court and one, oddly, by trying to keep a city-issued iPad. Pugh eventually gave back the iPad.
December 3: High Point City Councilmember Bernita Sims was sworn in as High Point's first black mayor.
Sims' ascension from High Point city councilmember to the mayor's chair was a watershed in High Point politics. Sims, along with being High Point's first black mayor, was only its third mayor since 1992 and one of High Point's few mayors not to come from Emerywood, one of High Point's wealthiest neighborhoods and the traditional home of the owners of its furniture factories and hosiery mills.
The other eight councilmembers were also sworn in, ending the largely Republican majority Smothers, a Democrat, had held together for years. Among the members of that voting bloc who left over two years were Chris Whitley, who ran against Sims and lost; Latimer Alexander, who lost his run for the state Senate in the primary; along with Bill Bencini, who was elected to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and John Faircloth, who was elected to the state House, both in 2010.
December 6: Sims pulled off a power grab that hasn't been tried since 2003, when former Mayor Smothers attempted it: abolishing the City Council's committee system and centralizing all control of the council under the mayor. Sims said the change was needed because most of the new City Council was inexperienced and Smothers asked to not chair any committees.
December 24: The High Point City Project raised $385,000 in pledges of the $450,000 needed to hire Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. to redesign High Point's city core, and City Project Director Richard Wood said that Duany would come to High Point in May 2013.