City of Greensboro

August 12, 2009
In This Issue
City Council Action Wrap-Up
Crime Stoppers Receives FBI Award
Changes to HEAT affect GTCC and Greensboro College
Greensboro Goes Green
Library Recognized for Diversity
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City Connections

The August episode of City Connections, Channel 13's monthly show that focuses on happenings in the City, is now available. This episode features the Downtown Greenway, the Greensboro Rampathon, construction of three miles of new sidewalk and much more. Watch the episode now.
Watermelon Day
Sample juicy, sweet watermelons from local farmers during Watermelon Day, held Saturday, August 15, from 6 am to 12 noon. The event is free and open to the public.
The next Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP) concert will be held Sunday, August 16, at 6 pm at Hagan-Stone Park, 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Rd. The event is free and open to the public.
Public Meeting
A public meeting will be held Thursday, August 20, at 5:30 pm on the High Point Road/West Lee Street Streetscape project. The meeting will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Special Events Center, 1921 W. Lee St. For more information, call 336-433-7218.
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City Council Action Wrap-Up
Council will keep city manager search process closed.
At its August 4 meeting, City Council reconsidered and rescinded a decision made on July 28 to keep the city manager search process closed.
Council decided to wait until finalists are selected to vote again on the matter.

Council is charged with the responsibility of hiring the city manager and state law allows members to keep information about candidates private. Council said they will revisit the issue at another time.
At the meeting, Council also:
  • Adopted a neighborhood plan for Jonesboro/Scott Park neighborhood, located off East Market Street. The purpose of the plan is to improve conditions in the neighborhood, which have deteriorated over the past 10 to 20 years due to increased crime and lack of investment, to the extent that the private housing market is able to operate effectively.
  • Approved several new early voting sites for the City's 2009 municipal primaries and elections. Early voting for primaries will start September 17 and early voting for the general election will start October 15.
To view the entire meeting or past meetings, visit City Council's video archive page.
Crime Stoppers Receives FBI Award
 GPD's program recognized for excellence.
Crime StoppersThe Greensboro Police Department's Crime Stoppers program has won a FBI Director's Community Leadership award for the state. The award, which is given annually by FBI Director Robert Mueller, honors organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America. GPD's program beat out several organizations throughout the state for the honor. The award will be presented to GPD in March 2010 in Washington, DC.
Changes to HEAT affect GTCC and Greensboro College
GTCC and Greensboro College choose not to renew partnership.
The fall semester of Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) services will begin Monday, August 17. With the start of the new school year, Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) will make changes to HEAT that will affect students who attend Greensboro Technical Community College (GTCC) and Greensboro College.
GTCC and Greensboro College have chosen not to renew their partnership with HEAT, resulting in several operational changes. HEAT is continuing to work with GTCC on transit options for students and any updates will be posted on HEAT's Web site. For more information about GTA and its service, visit its Web site or call 336-373-2634.
Greensboro Goes Green
City promotes "green" initiatives.
Greensboro Goes GreenThe City is doing its part to conserve energy and money, while helping the environment by going "green." Greensboro officials are constantly implementing sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance environmental stewardship.

These measures are aimed at lowering energy costs, creating a more comfortable living environment, improving residents' health and safety, reducing fossil fuel emissions, slowing climate change and aiding in the preservation of our natural resources for future generations.
Learn what the City is doing to reduce energy usage, measures it has already taken to be green and steps you can take to save energy by visiting its Greensboro Going Green page.
Library Recognized for Diversity

LifeVerse program wins national award.

Greensboro Public Library recently won first place for diversity and outreach at the 2009 Library Association Conference held in Chicago. The Library won for LifeVerse, a project that takes poetry programs into nursing homes, assisted living centers, worship places and adult day care sites.
LifeVerse, which was launched two years ago with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the Greensboro Public Library Foundation, has taken poetry programs to more than 5,000 older adults in 25 facilities throughout Guilford County. Poets and community volunteers meet weekly with participants and present programs that spark memories of poems and verses from younger years. Participants are also introduced to contemporary poetry and coached in writing their own poems.