by Eric Ginsburg


Last week the Greensboro police department announced it received $50,000 for a community policing program. The grant from the US Department of Justice office of community-oriented policing services will fund “systematic analysis of crime patterns” aimed at reducing crime through combined policing philosophies, additional training, the hiring of a part-time crime analyst and researcher, a partnership with researchers at UNCG and a two-year partnership with “stratified model” policing co-founder Rachel Santos at Florida Atlantic University. Around 100 Greensboro police officers were trained in Santos’ method in May, and Chief Ken Miller said the department had already begun to follow the model but was unable to fully implement it without the grant. The department is required to provide a report on the effectiveness of the stratified model so other departments can benefit from any findings.


Greensboro City Council voted to postpone selection of a recycling management contract at its Aug. 6 meeting to allow the two remaining companies to make a final, best-offer bid and give council time for a special work session to look over the contracts. After presentations from ReCommunity spokespersons, who have handled Greensboro’s recycling for 20 years, and competitor Waste Management, council gave both companies until Aug. 20 to submit their best offers.

Council will discuss the bids at a special work session called for Sept. 11 and will vote on the item at the regular Sept. 18 council meeting. District 2 councilman Jim Kee wanted to see if either company would accept a shorter contract length such as three years like the city’s solid-waste plan, and while both said they could be flexible, ReCommunity spokesmen said it would inhibit them from making a planned $4 million infrastructure investment.

City staff and a consultant recommended the council select ReCommunity, which emphasized its 65 local employees who could possibly lose their jobs if it lost the contract. A Waste Management spokesperson, who came in from Arkansas for the meeting, emphasized the company’s contract with Winston- Salem, where it would ship Greensboro’s recycling.

“Notwithstanding your consultant’s report, Waste Management gives you the best,” he said at the council meeting.

Council members spent a while discussing the importance of the 65 jobs with ReCommunity after District 5 councilwoman Trudy Wade said the jobs didn’t matter because council’s job was to save taxpayer money. Later she backtracked, qualifying her statement by saying both were important and that she hoped the company wouldn’t lay off its workers if the city chose Waste Management.

The Waste Management spokesman could not say if his company would hire anyone in Guilford County. At-large councilwoman Nancy Vaughan and others countered Wade and said they valued the 65 jobs and the money ReCommunity puts back into the local economy.