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POP QUIZ

by YES! Staff

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the Greensboro City Council. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.

Q U E S T I O N S

1. What is the net number of parking spaces that would be lost if the city sold its property to LindBrook Development Services, and how many parking spaces is the city offering to lease to the developer for its proposed five-story building on South Elm Street?

2. The city council voted to request enabling legislation from the General Assembly to be able to directly manage one city employee, but voted to table a proposal to have the ability to manage another employee? Which employee does the city council want to directly manage, and which employee will continue to report to the city manager?

3. What is the threshold set out in North Carolina’s protest petition statute for the percentage of neighbors that must oppose a rezoning to require a second city council vote, and what is the threshold for approval of a rezoning subject to a valid protest petition? Mayor Yvonne Johnson

1. 11 to lease, and I think we would lose 14 to 16, I can’t remember. [ -]

2. I know that they wanted to have the attorney report to us. I know we wanted to table [the decision on] having the police chief report to us. [ ]

3. It’s five percent for a hundred foot buffer, and 20 percent for a particular area. Three fourths. [ ]

Sandra Anderson Groat, at large

1. Okay, there would be 15 parking spaces lost. [ -]

2. The city attorney, police chief [ ]

3. 5 percent, a 7-2 vote [ ]

Robbie Perkins, at large 1. 4, 11 [ ]

2. City attorney, police chief [ ]

3. 5 percent, 75 percent [ ]

Goldie Wells, District 2

1. 11, then the 15 would be the total that would be lost. The two numbers were 11 and 15. [ -]

2. The attorney, the chief of police [ ]

3. 5 percent, three fours [ ]

Zack Matheny, District 3 1. 4, 11 [ ]

2. City attorney, police chief [ ]

3. 5 percent, 75 percent (7-2) [ ]

A N S W E R S

1. 4, 11

2. City attorney, police chief

3. 5 percent, 75 percent (requiring 7 out of 9 members to vote in

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