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(Most) Candidates Embrace Debates

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison Editor September 2 update: Patrice Barrow accepted. McLean Godley, Angela Williams and Mayor Allen Thomas will not be participating in debates. Original story: After we at the Guardian posted this invitation to Greenville city council candidates to participate in a series of debates, I followed up with each each candidate by e-mail. I expected […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Neighborhoods Maintain Voice

Pennington receiving a certificate for completing the city's Citizen's Academy in Spring 2012.

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville City Council Monday night rejected a proposal that could have profoundly impacted the way neighborhood concerns are expressed. Councilor Max Joyner asked the panel to discuss changing the way appointments are made to the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB), the only city board comprised of neighborhood-chosen liaisons. Joyner sought to make it […]


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 […]


Councilors to Share Opinions on “Rule of 3”

photo: City of Greenville

Tomorrow, The Greenville Guardian will publish the first of two opinions from city council members on that body’s upcoming debate of possible changes to the so-called “rule of three.” Council will hear a report by city staff on the “no more than 3 unrelated” occupancy standard August 9 in a meeting which starts at 7 […]


City Council to Vote on Intermodal Center

photo: City of Greenville

Update after April 9 vote: Council unanimously voted to move forward with the site selection study.  by Lisa Wilbourne The City of Greenville has been slowly working its way toward the creation of an Intermodal Transportation Center. Last year, just as the city staff was ready to begin making offers to the landowners of the […]


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