Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thessa Pickett's uphill climb to win against entrenched City Councilman Jamal Fox

"Reception for City Councilman Jamal Fox

Come Celebrate City Councilman Jamal Fox Birthday and 1st year on City Council

Financial donations will be gladly accepted at the event or can be made payable to:

Friends of Jamal Fox

Pig Pounder Brewery, owned by Marty Kotis
1107 Grecade St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27408

Notables among those signed up;

Marc Isaacson, TREBIC member

Marty Kotis

David Craft

Allen Johnson
Jamal received some campaign love Greensboro Landlord and DGI executive board member Dawn Chaney, who certainly doesn't live in Jamal's neighborhood;

$1,456 In-Kind donatiton from incoming Downtown Greensboro president Gary Brame

$100 from downtown Dianne Ziegler

Jamal ended 2013 with $279.03 in cash on hand, yet appears to have not filed a report in 2014;


And look what Jamal voted to give Marty Kotis, 
which the City's Thomas Carruthers said Council couldn't,
unless they changed what they said the money was for:

12. ID 14-0517 Resolution amending Resolution 256-13 authorizing a reimbursement to
Kotis Holdings, LLC for ...an inflation-adjusted reimbursement of $17,972.33 and an additional reimbursement of $30,000 for other site preparation costs, amended total not to exceed the amount of $359,833.33.

Councilmember Fox asked specifically what the $30,000 would cover; and clarification of site preparation costs.

Ms. Dubel recognized Jeff Nimmer with Kotis Holdings, LLC.

Mr. Nimmer, 1410 Mill Street explained that the extra $30,000 was a result of annexation fees that the company was unaware of when they first applied for the grant; and expressed the company did not feel it should be charged an annexation fee for an economic development project.

Interim City Attorney Carruthers interjected that the reimbursement would be an improper use of reimbursement funds which was not allowed under the law; spoke to what was allowed under the law; and emphasized that the award of incentives for City fees was not permissible.

Councilmember Matheny clarified that Kotis was requesting a $30,000 incentive for a 24 acre site; ...voiced the process was a little bit out of the box; ...and reiterated that the City could not reimburse the annexation fees but could reimburse for site improvements.

Councilmember Fox inquired about the rationale between the 2016 August date in the prior resolution and August 2017 in the current resolution; inquired if Kotis would come back to Council in another year; spoke to how the funds would be paid out; asked about the timeframe for the annexation; and process for payment of the reimbursement.

George Hartzman, 2506 Baytree Drive, asked how many tenants had signed up to date; referenced the delay in starting the project; spoke to the $20 million being a facade; voiced concern with what would be built on the site; possible transfer of the property once the Urban Loop was completed; committing fraud; voiced concern for residents in the vicinity of the project; made reference to political meddling; and to campaign contributions by Kotis.

Moved by Councilmember Matheny, seconded by Councilmember Barber to close the public hearing.

Moved by Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson, seconded by Councilmember Abuzuaiter, to adopt the resolution. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Ayes, Nancy Vaughan, Yvonne J. Johnson, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Mike Barber, Jamal T. Fox, Sharon M. Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, Zack Matheny and Tony Wilkins


The Great Union Square, Gateway Center Fraud

"at last Tuesday's Greensboro City Council Meeting, council members Sharon Hightower and Jamal Fox (Districts 1 and 2) pushed to build Union Square."


Marty Kotis Propaganda from the Business Journal "Plans for east Guilford retail center could lead to more development"


More from Amanda Lehmert's Marty Kotis "incentive grant" Facebook thread


Company seeks $2,871 each for higher paying 31 jobs, after Marty Kotis recieved $44,559 per "speculative" low paying job from City Council


Some of the conversations between Marty Kotis and George Hartzman on his free water sewer outside Greensboro's city limits


Marty Kotis, Nancy Hoffman and Item 27 on Tuesday's City Council Agenda