Council Ends Up Back At The Starting LineIt wasn't so much what the Greensboro City Council did at its regular meeting on Tuesday night, April 21, in the council chambers, but what the council didn't do that was noteworthy.
Reign Of Fox Made OfficialThese days surprises from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners are the rule rather than the exception, so no one should have been shocked when, on Thursday, April 16, the board made interim Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox the new county manager. One interesting thing is that Board of Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston was a leading force in making Fox county manager – even though twice over the years he's been a leading force in getting her fired from the county. Another interesting thing is that, before the board met at 4 p.m. in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House – ostensibly to narrow the county manager search down from six finalists to three – no one had publicly mentioned Fox as a candidate and she wasn't an applicant for the job.
Small Group Reveals Botheration SourceThe council has been criticized for not being able to get along. With nine members of the City Council it may not be that evident to some who is causing the disruption, but at the city manager search firm search committee meetings – with four city councilmembers – it is extremely obvious who the problem is.
Board Conjecturing On BudgetThe Guilford County Board of Education is considering paying only half of the cost of students taking advanced placement (AP) exams to help meet $18 million in proposed state budget cuts to classroom funding.
Old Showroom May Be New DSS HomeEven when it comes to tightly knit and generally well-coordinated county commissioner coalitions, the best laid plans don't always come off smoothly. Commissioner Bruce Davis discovered that fact at the Thursday, April 16, Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting where he got some resistance from commissioners who were supposed to be in cahoots with him.
City Council Gets 18 Month ReprieveThe Greensboro City Council should have one less worry on their plate for the next year and a half, because William Marshburn, who was charged with threatening to kill them, was found guilty of disturbing the peace on Monday, April 20, in Guilford County District Court and sentenced to stay away from city hall and the councilmembers for 18 months.
County Budget May Have Room For ArtIronically, the unprecedented, ominously negative financial picture the Guilford County Board of Commissioners faces as it puts together its 2009-2010 budget over the next two months may actually help the area's arts community when it comes to county funding. That's because the financial crisis is largely responsible for the strange-bedfellow commissioner coalition led by Board of Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston and Vice Chairman Steve Arnold – and some members of the coalition are Democratic commissioners notorious for insisting on money for the arts before they'll vote for a budget.