Here we go again where back in 2011 we had Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny recuse himself from voting on the white street landfill because of a conflict with one of the companies in D.H. Griffin then months later vote to award a contract to D.H. Griffin at the Greensboro Coliseum with a post titled "Greensboro Councilman Zack Matheny Did Not Recuse Himself on DH Griffin Item at Council Meeting" which happened back in December of '11.
Now we have the Mayor of Greensboro Robbie Perkins who is doing the same thing as what Councilman Zack Matheny did last year where they have selected understanding of what a recusal is and also with a very competent Greensboro City Attorney back in 2009 in Terry Wood said to then councilman Robbie Perkins "yes" you do have a conflict of interest and need to abstain from the vote as you see from video below
here is from minutes from the agenda back in '09:
Mayor Johnson introduced a resolution authorizing an encroachment agreement with Park View Development
LLC into the City’s right-of-way and sidewalk easement adjacent and contiguous to Center Pointe along Friendly
Avenue. City Manager Johnson indicated that the resolution was required due to a change in corporate name.
Councilmember Perkins indicated a conflict of interest and his desire to abstain from voting. Councilmember Bellamy-
Small moved to excuse Councilmember Perkins from voting on the item. Councilmember Matheny seconded the
motion which was adopted by voice vote of Council. Councilmember Bellamy-Small moved adoption of the
resolution. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Matheny; the resolution was adopted on the following roll
call vote: Ayes: Barber, Bellamy-Small, Groat, Johnson, Matheny, Rakestraw, Wade and Wells. Noes: None.
So as you can see then councilman Robbie Perkins was a abstention from the vote.
We also wrote a post back on February 19, 2009 and here is a part of that post
"The Greensboro City Council needed to vote again on Roy Carroll's building encroaching into the sidewalk in downtown Greensboro because Roy Carroll renamed the project Park View Development. The funny aspect was to hear Robbie Perkins actually ask the city attorney Terry Wood since my company is the leasing agent for this project and he said ," Does that constitute a conflict of interest" . Well Robbie Perkins I would hope so, good lord did you take a class at Fuqua called the art of no conflicts in local government."
To see the above post which was titled "Robbie Perkins with 4 Conflicts of Interest and Had Partner in Over Development Crime Matheny on 2 of them", CLICKHERE
Now let's go to the April 3, 2012 Greensboro City Council meeting where this item came up in front of council
26. Ordinance in the amount of $218,714 amending the Fiscal Year 11-12 General Fund Budget for the appropriation of a pass through economic development grant from Guilford County to Park View Development, LLC.
In the above video you will see the Mayor ask City Attorney Waterman about the conflict and he says you can vote on this item. You will then see George Hartzman ask if the Mayor is the leasing agent for the bottom floor of Center Pointe and you need to recuse yourself and explains why he needs to do so. Spot on from George Hartzman on this point.
How can you have a conflict in '09 then now on top of being local developer Roy Carroll's personal leasing agent you actually now live in Center Pointe then not recuse yourself from this vote at the April 3, 2012 Greensboro City Council meeting?
I would suggest that this agenda item be revoted like Zack Matheny had to do and seeing that mayor Perkins does have a conflict of interest and in the future when we see any item come in front of Greensboro City Council from local developer Richie Rich Roy Carroll than we also need to see Mayor Perkins recuse himself from these items like we will see at the next council meeting where this will be on agenda:
12. Resolution calling a public hearing for April 16, 2012 to consider requests from developers for public participation in corporate parks in or near the City of Greensboro in accordance with the Urban Development Investment Guidelines
Local developer Richie Rich Roy Carroll wants over $5 million in economic bond money for his property in eastern unincorporated Guilford County not City of Greensboro . Why should Mayor Perkins recuse himself from this vote is because as we see from Richie Rich Roy Carroll's property off of Horse Pen Creek Road in Greensboro it is not that the Mayor needs to recuse while the property is in the zoning phase of coming in front of council it is that after the fact you will see Mayor Perkins signs litter the property from Richie Rich Roy Carroll because the Mayor is his personal leasing agent and am sure not all of this property in Eastern Guilford County will be a business park but will need to be leased by Mayor Perkins company NAI Piedmont.