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Councilors Support PACs

Photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison Editor (February 17, 2014) We were wrong in an article on February 13. We said that the political action committee (PAC) “Citizens for a Better Greenville” had not yet filed their year-end report, which they filed on January 10 of this year. This error came to our attention after the organization filed […]


A Missed Opportunity

A Missed Opportunity

A lot has been said about civility – specifically, the lack of it – during the circuses (also known as meetings) of Greenville’s city council over the past two years. Readers so inclined can find in our archives the Guardian’s coverage of those sessions. Here, I’ll let it suffice to say I think all of Greenville […]


Campaign Signs Missing Near University

These signs were not stolen.

by Lisa Ellison Candidates expect to lose a few signs to vandalism or weather, but residents in some neighborhoods near the University woke up to what looks like a targeted large-scale effort. According the the Campaign to Elect Rick Smiley (District 4) in a statement issued this afternoon at 2:30, several dozen of Smiley’s signs […]


Candidates Appeal to Students

Candidates Appeal to Students

by Lisa Ellison East Carolina University’s Student Government Association hosted a forum for all candidates running for office in Greenville on Monday Oct. 28. The forum was an informal event: There were no timers, planned questions, or cards passed around for audience members’ questions. Each candidate was invited to speak for a few minutes on […]


District 3, City-Wide Forum Today

District 3, City-Wide Forum Today

Four District 3 neighborhoods, College Court-Coghill, Colonial Heights, TRUNA and River Hills, have organized a forum for the District 3 candidates for city council as well as the city-wide at-large and mayoral seats. The forum will be held at the Immanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (1011 S. Elm Street). A meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. […]


Greenville Candidate Information Compiled

Greenville Candidate Information Compiled

We’ve brought you interviews and endorsements on the candidates for public office in Greenville, but want to put all the information you might want about the candidates in one place. If you know of a community group (not campaign materials) we do not have listed that has sent a survey to or endorsed candidates, please […]


The Guardian endorses…

The Guardian endorses…

In late July, the Greenville Guardian sent a questionnaire to all candidates in Greenville’s municipal elections. Eight candidates completed it and were invited to an interview. All eight participated. Editor Lisa Ellison sat down with these eight for about an hour each; if you’re a regular here, you’ve seen the transcripts. Our interviews and questionnaires […]


Candidate Interviews: At-Large and Mayor

Candidate Interviews: At-Large and Mayor

Early voting begins today in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. Click here for addresses and hours of polling places. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to […]


Mitchell-Mercer Debate Tonight

Mitchell-Mercer Debate Tonight

The first of three debates hosted by local human service non-profit organization Benevolence Corps will be held tonight at Eppes Recreation Center (400 Nash Street). Tonight’s debate features candidates for the at-large seat, incumbent Dennis Mitchell and challenger Calvin Mercer (the current District 4 councilor). The candidates will arrive at 5:45 p.m. to socialize with […]


District 5 and City-wide Forum

District 5 and City-wide Forum

Carolina East and Olde Westhaven neighborhood associations have invited candidates for Districts Two and Five as well as candidates for the city-wide seats, at large and mayor, to the University Church of Christ (100 Cresline Boulevard). The only candidate for the District Two seat, long-time councilor Rose Glover will not be able to attend due […]


Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

As he presides at the beginning of each City Council meeting, Mayor Allen Thomas introduces himself and announces, “I’ll be moderating the meeting this evening.” As a consequence of that announcement, appropriateness of behavior or conduct, decorum, should be assumed. Unfortunately, Thomas frequently disregards this requirement of conventional, polite behavior, and the unsuitableness of his […]


At-Large: Mitchell “Calls Out” Mercer

Dennis Mitchell

By Lisa Ellison Editor Dennis Mitchell is seeking a series of formal debates with Calvin Mercer, his challenger for the at-large seat on city council in the November election. In a “press release” posted today on his Facebook page, Mitchell said, “My opponent has already shown he has the intention of making this race about […]


Meet Your Candidates

Meet Your Candidates

by Lisa Ellison, editor We’ve given you the candidates’ rankings of their priorities for the city. Below you will find the candidates’ other responses to our questionnaire. They are organized by seat. Asked, “If elected, how will you view your role in city operations?,” the candidates were given three choices: I will help run Greenville […]


Question to Candidates: What kind of city do you want?

Question to Candidates: What kind of city do you want?

by Lisa Ellison, Editor On Friday we asked you, our readers, to think about what Greenville’s priorities should be. Your lists are still coming in–thank you! Taken seriously, it’s a challenging task. We’d all love to live in a place that could focus on growing all parts of the city at one time: A place […]


Transparency, 1; Shady Back Room Deals, ???

Pay no attention to the...

by Lisa Wilbourne A “victory for advocates of transparency” is what Councilor Calvin Mercer celebrated in his widely distributed newsletter this morning. The cause for celebration? A decision to record and (eventually) broadcast last night’s workshop. (The exact source of that decision is unclear, but we’re on the case.) On the heels of much public […]


When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

by Lisa Wilbourne Debate Over Early Voting Sites The outcome of city council’s discussion on early voting sites for the municipal election this November was reported in February Council Review. It reads, “In preparation for this year’s municipal elections, the Pitt County Board of Elections sought input from the city on whether they would like […]


February Council Review

February Council Review

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville’s City Council held three regular meetings (Feb. 11, 14, 25) instead of the usual two this month. The following is a breakdown of what they did. Split vote decisions are listed first (watch for a separate article on the debates surrounding these votes); unanimous votes second. Items council did not vote […]


But Who Installed the Screws in the Speed Cushions?

But Who Installed the Screws in the Speed Cushions?

Silly-seeming at first glance, issues like the speed bumps in Uptown Greenville, which were discussed at length during the February 11 meeting of the city council, provide an opportunity to review what council is supposed to be doing, and reflect on whether they are doing it. “The Mayor and City Council,” reads the elected officials […]


Analysis: Making Bradford Creek Work

Analysis: Making Bradford Creek Work

by Lisa Wilbourne Quick Summary To make Bradford Creek, the city’s golf course, able to cover its own operating costs, a golf course management and operational consultant reports the city needs to do these four things. Hire a general manager. Increase marketing to get more rounds played per year. Increase playing fees. Fund capital improvements. […]


Coming up: Transportation and Parking; Looking back: Neighborhoods

Coming up: Transportation and Parking; Looking back: Neighborhoods

by Lisa Wilbourne City council will choose one of two spots identified by the Greenville Transportation and Activity Center’s steering committee as the location for the center. Council will also vote on whether to built a 256-space parking deck on under-used, city-owned lot at the corner of 4th and Cotanche Streets. [After hearing this item explained […]


In Depth: City Seeks to Clean Up Destroyed Warehouse

In Depth: City Seeks to Clean Up Destroyed Warehouse

by Lisa Wilbourne The essentials City council voted unanimously on November 5 to approve the city’s purchase of the Imperial Tobacco property on Atlantic Avenue for $1. The property, valued at $1,000,033, was destroyed by fire in April 2008. (Amateur video of the fire can be viewed here.) In a February letter proposing the sale to […]


Respect, Decorum, Civility

Respect, Decorum, Civility

One of the most interesting parts of a city council meeting, and one of the most overlooked due to its place on the agenda, is “Comments from Mayor and City Council.” Occurring near the end of every meeting, it is a time when councilors – free of time limits – share announcements, thank people doing […]


Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

By Lisa Wilbourne By far the most controversial topic discussed at City Hall in October was the change to the occupancy code for a small section of the city. Council voted 4-2 (Rose Glover, Max Joyner, Dennis Mitchell, Kandie Smith for; Marion Blackburn, Calvin Mercer against) to establish new rules in the Tar River-University neighborhood […]


Live Updates on Tonight’s Council Meeting

photo credit: City of Greenville

By Lisa Wilbourne The Greenville Guardian is excited to try out something new tonight.  We’re pleased to announce live updates on tonight’s city council vote on the three unrelated occupancy issue.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. View the agenda here. Don’t forget to come back to see how it’s going.  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]