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Syrian Refugees: An Open Letter to City Council

Syrian Refugees: An Open Letter to City Council

Editor’s note: The following letter was written by Uriah Ward. He plans to send it to the Mayor and each member of city council. If you would like to add your name, email UriahWard@yahoo.com. To the Mayor and City Councilors of Greenville, I’m writing you to encourage you to take a difficult stand for something […]


At Large: Anderson Attacks, Mercer Cries Foul

Anderson

By Dennis Mitchell Election Correspondent The race for the lone city council seat representing all of Greenville pits incumbent Calvin Mercer against newcomer Erik Anderson. Mercer has the distinction of serving on city council for four consecutive terms, three as the representative from District 4, and now as the At-Large representative. This is Anderson’s first […]


STREAMING NOW: Reeves and Whitley

STREAMING NOW: Reeves and Whitley

The City Hall debate between candidates challenging Greenville mayor Allen Thomas (who would not participate) is now up and available for anytime viewing right here at the Guardian, along with four other sessions between candidates seeking seats on city council. Just scroll down that page to the debate you want to view, click the arrow–and get your politics on! […]


Tonight and Tomorrow: Smith vs. Barrow on GPAT

Questioners Keith Cooper of the Benevolence Corps converses with former city councilor and Guardian election correspondent Dennis Mitchell prior to last week's debate (photo: Jake Postma)

Last Saturday’s debate between district 1 city council incumbent Kandie Smith and challenger Patrice Barrow will be broadcast in its entirety several times this weekend on GPAT-TV 23. The session, the first in a series of debates among candidates for city council, runs just over an hour. It airs Friday at 7 and 11 p.m., and […]


City Council Debates: Another Angel Arises

City Council Debates: Another Angel Arises

We instigated a bit of wordplay around reader support of the Guardian last year, using “Guardian Angel,” “Lesser Angel” and “Archangel” to describe various donor levels. It was a pretty transparent appeal to concern for the greater good, a concern we believe resides in each of us, if we’ll just take a moment to listen […]


Council Hopefuls Invited to Public Debates

Council Hopefuls Invited to Public Debates

It’s summer. The garden beckons. The mountains call. The beach taunts. Greenville’s upcoming municipal election? Probably the last thing on your mind. Still, serious campaigning for city council gears up in just a month. To help voters begin assessing their options, the Guardian will sponsor a series of issues-focused debates between the candidates for every […]


Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

by Brittney Melton Guardian intern Greenville City Council’s April 9 meeting saw the easy conclusion of ordinances allowing live performance venues and craft beer sales downtown. One contentious rezoning on East 10th Street was continued until May, and council voted on another controversial rezoning request, this one regarding land South of Stantonsburg Road. Council also made […]


Coming up: Appointments and Hearings

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison All items up for vote at Monday night’s city council meeting were unanimously approved. Council meets again Thursday at 7 p.m., at City Hall. It will be a big night for appointments, with citizens being named to boards and commissions. Council will also vote on their own committee appointments. A seat filled […]


Council Preview: Jan. 13

Council Preview: Jan. 13

by Lisa Ellison City council will hold its first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. Monday (Jan. 13) at City Hall. Items on the consent agenda, which will all be voted on together without discussion (unless individual items are pulled from it for consideration) include a two-year extension of the city’s contract with Greenville-Pitt […]


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 […]


Candidate Info–Repost

Candidate Info–Repost

Editor’s note: On October 21, we posted a list of community surveys, questionnaires and endorsements. For the last-minute voters, we’re re-posting that information. The link to find your polling place or information about your district can be found here.  We’ve brought you interviews and endorsements on the candidates for public office in Greenville, but want […]


Williams’ Candidacy Challenged

Terri Williams

By Guardian Staff The Greenville Guardian has learned that a formal challenge to the candidacy of Terri Williams for Greenville’s 4th District city council seat has been filed with the Pitt County Board of Elections (BOE). Voter William Bivins’ protest contends Williams does not reside in District 4. The protest cites sworn documents Williams filed in […]


Tell City Council What You Think: Proposed Budget and More

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville City Council is meeting tonight. 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. Come see the spectacle first hand. Throw in your two cents’ worth (or three minutes’ worth, however much that is) on the proposed city budget for the 2103-2014 fiscal year. Tonight is for public comments. Council will vote on the budget […]


Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Editor’s note: On Monday, March 25, City Council will consider staff recommendations for the future operation of Bradford Creek Golf Course, a city-owned facility operated by the Recreation and Parks Department. The course’s viability has been questioned by some council members. Further background is provided in our coverage of the issue. Staff recommendations and comments […]


Residents Sue City

Residents Sue City

Two months after a local law firm filed a formal request for information from Greenville officials, a group comprised mainly of  Tar River-University Neighborhood residents has taken the next step. They’re taking the city to court, battling a new ordinance which increases from three to four the number of unrelated occupants permitted to reside in […]


What’s Cooking at Third Street Community Center

What’s Cooking at Third Street Community Center

by Lisa Wilbourne Third Street Community Center may be home to a culinary school if their request to rezone is successful, according to the center’s executive director, Walter Strathy. The 14.3 acre West Greenville non-profit community center is working with Pitt Community College in establishing the culinary school. At the November 20 Planning and Zoning […]


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 […]


Council to Vote on Occupancy Rules

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne A long-debated proposal to change the occupancy rules in one Greenville neighborhood will be decided tonight. City council will vote on what’s known as the University Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (UNRI), proposed two months ago by councilor Max Joyner. Under the proposal, homes meeting certain criteria and located in a neighborhood stretching from […]


From the Editor: Mayor as Manager

Bartlett, William Anderson, Wes Anderson, Moton and Bowers (no picture of Case was available)

Barbara Lipscomb became Greenville’s city manager in mid-August. During her second city council meeting a month later, she made it clear that she is not as interested in keeping city councilors happy as in performing the duties for which they’ve hired her. Under Greenville’s Council-Manager form of government the mayor and council are elected every […]


A Unique Board, Neighborhood Advisory

A Unique Board, Neighborhood Advisory

By Rick Smiley When Greenville established the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) in April 2008 to serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and the city, it created a unique method of appointing its board members and brought about a board like no other other. Members are appointed to all other city boards and commissions directly by […]


Joyner’s motion

Joyner’s motion

The Greenville Guardian has obtained a copy of the motion presented by Councilor Max Joyner at last night’s meeting. It passed with support from Joyner, Rose Glover, Dennis Mitchell and Kandie Smith. Marion Blackburn and Calvin Mercer voted against it.  Have a look. Make a comment. What’s good? What’s not so good?  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


Live Updates on Tonight’s Council Meeting

photo: 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 […]


The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

by Lisa Wilbourne In March, Greenville City Council gave city staff the order “to present … code amendment alternatives to permit more than 3 unrelated persons occupancy in residential structures.” ————————- ANALYSIS ————————- As part of their research, which included gathering background information on the current standard and a survey of similar communities, staff held […]


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