"City, county clash over where to build Guilford animal shelter"
Guilford County is moving forward with plans to build a new animal shelter on several dozen acres of land it already owns, officials said last week. But to do it, they’ll have to get the approval of the Greensboro Planning Board.“We own the property, but it’s within the city of Greensboro,” said Rob McNiece, the county’s planning and facilities director. “So building there would require rezoning approval from them.”
...Commissioners voted 6-3 at a work session Thursday to request a special-use permit from the city, which would allow the project to move forward. ...The property sits in District 2, represented by City Councilman Jamal Fox. During a work session Thursday, Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp told the board that Fox had sent him a text message expressing his disapproval of the proposal.
...Fox did not respond to a request for comment.
Other commissioners had previously been concerned about using the property for an animal shelter when there’s a possibility of developing the land for commercial use later.
...At least one developer had expressed interest in the property, said Commissioner Jeff Phillips...
“It’s not a deal-killer for this developer to have a shelter next door,” Phillips said. “And if they could get six or seven acres, it appears that they’d continue to be open-minded to pursuing an opportunity to develop that other portion of the parcel.”...
Kate Elizabeth Queram email@example.comFunny how the rookie reporter at the News and Record doesn't mention Marty Kotis' campaign contributions to those who voted to sell a property for $900,000, supposedly worth $1,035,000
which was supposed to be worth $3,054,100 in 2012.
I wonder if Kate Elizabeth Queram knows that Jamal Fox misled Guilford County Board of Elections and Greensboro's African American Community on Marty Kotis' funding of his campaign?
I wonder if Kate Elizabeth Queram knows Marty Kotis used taxpayer funded Zack Matheny as his lobbyist for even more city of Greensboro money?
I guess once Marty figured out how easy and inexpensive it is to purchase local politicians, he just couldn't stop doing it. Once a parasite, always... I wonder what he paid for Jeff Phillips. Abner Doon had it right;
Kotis got another $30,000 for fees last year the City Attorney said he could not legally receive, City Council voted for it and no one reported a fraud committed upon Greensboro's taxpayers by City Council, City staff and Marty Kotis, who recieved the end of taxpayer owned Madison Avenue recently beforehand.
When Marty came back for more because of "unknown" fees and "inflation" for water and sewer, City Council, on video, figured out how to fraudulently funnel him the money under a different set of auspices for a multimillionaire at the expense of Greensboro's taxpayers .
It was a fraud upon taxpayers by both Kotis, City Council members who vote for it, and the city staff who let it get to a vote, and now he got more by buying off most of Greensboro's Council with campaign cash.
These are the same people who let Zack Matheny pre-apply for Downtown Greensboro's CEO job as a sitting City Councilman, who voted to fund DGI's giveaways to DGI's members, many of whom have contributed to Zack Matheny's campaigns, and the News & Record's editorial department supported it, and now advocates Zack's lobbying efforts to transfer wealth from everyone else into the pockets of those worth more than $100,000,000.
Zack Matheny violated his oath of office by applying for the job as a sitting council member. The rest of City Council didn't have a problem with it. If no one else on the City Council had a problem with it, something is very wrong with Greensboro's City Council.
I guess they think that because Mike Barber can make money off taxpayers with First Tee of the Triad at a City owned and operated golf course, it's okay for Zack to get a taxpayer funded gig he voted to preserve for himself.
Maybe they believe that if Mayor Nancy Vaughan can make money from Greensboro's taxpayers funneled to her husband Don via free methane for Wilbur Ross while Nancy served on the Solid Waste Committee, it was okay for Zack to unfairly use his position as City Council member to land the top DGI job, and now it's okay for Marty to take some taxpayer owned real estate for a third of its value.
The methane issue has been raised tens of times without objection from the mayor and without the Greensboro's News and Record reporting it after being informed in 2013.
They didn't mind letting a fellow Council member taking advantage of DGI funding after Nancy Hoffmann used her position to benefit herself via DGI's handouts to her tenants and business partners, whose Spice Cantina went under without the News and Record reporting the story.
Maybe Greensboro's City Council is just comprised of a bunch of crooks and accomplices who either are too stupid or don't care enough to object.
Our community has been betrayed, which financially benefited many on City Council and their "supporters", with allocations of everyone else's money to a small circle of "friends". We're paying for it. Other small businesses lose because of it.
Our biggest hurdle is a compromised press. If they don't report what is actually happening, its going to get worse.