Greensboro City Council considering major changes to meetings, committees

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Twice a month, the Greensboro City Council settles into the Plaza Level Conference Room at City Hall to work through City issues.

However, one of the items discussed Tuesday was an idea that would get rid of work sessions altogether.

“It’s a new thing. Some members of council have several questions about it. I hope at the end of the day we can move forward, try it out, and see if it works,” said Council Member Jamal Fox.

The goal is to make the Greensboro city government more efficient. The new structure is similar to how the City of Winston-Salem operates.

“I think it works very, very well. It keeps us moving,” explained Winston-Salem City Council Member D.D. Adams.

Instead of work sessions, council members would discuss issues during council committee meetings.

The four standing council committees would focus on community services, general government, infrastructure and public safety. Each committee would have three to four members and a chairperson. Committee assignments would be recommended by the mayor and then voted on by the city council.

The public would be invited to participate in all council committee meetings. Those meetings would also be televised.

“I don’t know, I can see where it would help, but I can also see how it would be tough for certain city council members to attend all the meetings,” commented City Council Member Marikay Abuzuaiter, who was concerned about city leaders being fully informed about issues.

In theory, the city council would take the committees’ recommendations then quickly vote during regular meetings.

“Guess what, we’re not focused, so this could be an option to get focused,” said City Council Member Zack Matheny.

“I’m open to it, I’m just not sold yet,” said City Council Member Tony Wilkins.

The council plans to vote on the idea during their meeting on June 2. It would potentially go into effect July 1.

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