by YES! Staff

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we asked 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.


What is the range of estimated costs given by Sutton-Kennerly and Associates for restoring the

tower and façade of War Memorial Stadium, demolishing the stadium section, and renovating the

interior area (any figure within the range is acceptable)? What amount is available through the 2/3 bond

financing for the stadium approved by city council in the winter of 2007?

What is the range of estimated costs given by the Field Operations Department for providing solid waste collection for all apartments and single-family homes that don’t currently receive curbside service (any figure within the range is acceptable)?

What service area does City Manager Mitchell Johnson identify as having the greatest capital needs? What are some examples of needed projects in this service area?

Mayor Yvonne Johnson

1) Three to five million. One-point-five million,

and we probably have one-point-four

million left. [√]

2) It’s over a million. [√]

3) I can’t remember. I wasn’t there. I had to

leave early. [X]

Councilman Robbie Perkins, at-large

1) The Pop Quiz is stupid. Tell Clarey to get off

it. It’s only designed to make elected officials

look foolish. [X]

2) [X]

3) [X]

Councilman Zack Matheny, District 3

1) One and a half to five-eight. I think it’s $1.4 million. Even yesterday there was some talk back and forth

of whether it was $1.5 million or $1.4 million. I think Mitch came back and said it was $1.4 million. [√]

2) God, it was sixteen dollars a head. Or we do it with the three options. We gave one option of a million

and fifty-three thousand. The first option was $1.6 million. The middle option was $1.3 million. [√]

3) You’re talking about a ten-year plan. God, we talked for three hours yesterday. Building a lot of fire

stations. War Memorial Auditorium is back…. That got smoked [by voters in the Nov. 6 bond referendum].

It’s kind of unfair because we sent the finance committee back to the drawing board to see what we need. [X]


1) $3.8 million to $5.4 million, $1.5 million ($1.4 million acceptable)

2) $1.0 million to $2.0 million

3) Environmental protection. Projects include dam repairs at Lake Townsend, automated meter reading,

upgrades at the Mitchell and Lake Townsend Water Treatment Plans and the Osborne Wastewater Treatment

Plant, and ongoing replacement and expansion of water and sewer lines.