March 4, 2015
They gave me three minutes to comment on their resolution to run water and sewer down to Randolph County. At the end of my three minutes, Mayor Vaughan cut me off sharply in mid-sentence. No one asked me any questions. After my three minutes (and two other comments with us by possible new allies in Greensboro) we listened to about 45 minutes of "here's why the megasite is such a good idea". They brought in Sam Simpson and Mike Solomon from their homes in North Greensboro to talk about it. While they were speaking, the three-minute clock which applied to every other speaker during the night was not running. They were allowed to talk until they were finished.It was like watching cheerleaders practice their routine.
For the first time last night, we heard last night that any property taxes on the proposed megasite would be "abated" and Randolph would collect nothing. This was the first time we had heard somebody admit a point that we have been preaching.
Our position was ridiculed at length by a sneering Councilman Matheny. That is the first time I have been treated to that kind of disrespect. He, and to an only slightly lesser extent Mayor Vaughan, is a true believer in Greensboro's expansion down into southeastern Guilford County, and heaven help anyone who dares to think otherwise.
There were numerous remarks from council about annexations, and "development" down 421.
The council seems to have taken as a given that "The Golden Leaf" is going to come in and pay for everything.
Mr. Solomon stated that he had been hired by the Bryan Foundation to do so, and that he had found "the best site in the southeast". Heard that before?
We also heard last night that any property taxes on the proposed megasite would be "abated" and Randolph would collect nothing. That was the first time we had heard somebody admit a point that we have been preaching for many months.
If you live between the county line and Greensboro, you need to bring in any friends who are concerned about water and sewer lines coming their way, with their assessments, well-complications, and assorted other inconveniences. The resolution the city council approved last night, with a map, is attached.
Here's the story.
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