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City reviews pressure washing payments The city is reviewing a relationship with a pressure washing service that is registered to a city employee. According to information released from the City of Greensboro last week, Mel’s Pressure Washing has received $449,194 for pressure washing truck bays and lubricating truck-related parts since 2008.

Mel’s Pressure Washing is registered with the Guilford County Register of Deeds Office as owned by Melvin Dick. Dick is employed by the city of Greensboro as a service writer in Finance, Equipment Services. He was hired in 2007, just before his company began billing the city for pressure washing services. According to city records, the privilege license issued by the city lists Dick’s wife, Mattie, as the owner of the company.

Donnie Turlington, communications manager for the city of Greensboro, said that a community activist brought forward allegations of a conflict of interest related to Mel’s Pressure Washing.

“As we looked into it we raised concerns as to whether there was a contract in place,” Turlington said. The city suspended its working relationship with Mel’s Pressure Washing while a review is being conducted. Melvin Dick is still employed by the city and no personnel action has been taken against him while the city’s employee relations group reviews the situation.

Turlington said it was unclear if any city policies related to vendor services had been violated.

“We certainly understand that there could be an issue and that’s why we are looking into it,” he added.

The work was performed at the city’s Patterson Avenue facility. Turlington said the work would most likely be performed at the end of the day after business hours when the trucks and truck bays were not in use. Dick currently works a first-shift job, but according to his employee records he was a “night service writer” from Jan. 2011 until Sept. 2012. He began working for the city in 2007 as an equipment mechanic and was promoted to preventive maintenance in July 2008.

Fed grants combat homelessness in North Carolina The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced $18 million in grants to fund 147 local homeless housing and service programs in North Carolina. About $3.2 million will come to programs in Forsyth and Guilford Counties.

The grants support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to homeless people and families. The Continuum of Care grants were awarded through a competitive proposal process.

SOME OF THE LARGEST RECIPIENTS IN THE TRIAD ARE:

WINSTON-SALEM Forsyth Rapid Rehousing Collaborative $371k ESR-PH Case Management $102k Shelter Plus Care 1 $137k Shelter Plus Care 2 $136k

GREENSBORO Housing Opportunities $508k Grace Homes $469k Mary’s House $138k

These grant funds are part of the Obama Administration’s plan to addresses homelessness. Launched in 2010, the plan brought together 19 federal agencies to form the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. !

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