The Goldsboro City Council will –– yet again –– address Councilman Antonio Williams’ appointment to the Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority board of directors at its meeting today.
The council has tabled the issue twice since Williams first sought reinstatement to the board at the council’s Dec. 5 meeting. Williams was removed from that board after a complaint from Freeman Hardison Jr., GWTA board chairman, alleging that he verbally attacked fellow board member Shycole Simpson-Carter, Goldsboro’s community relations director.
After that initial meeting, the council again discussed Williams’ potential reinstatement to the board at its Dec. 17 meeting. There, Williams claimed he was not given a proper chance to defend himself from the accusations against him, and that the council had not followed proper procedure in removing him.
The city’s code of ordinances does not place limitations on when and why the council may remove a board member. Under the code of ordinances chapter 32.302(c), “the City Council may in its discretion, at any time, remove any members of any board for any reason, including inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.”
However, under the GWTA board’s bylaws, a recommendation to remove a member from the board — like the one made by Hardison — is to be made to the “appointing local government” after a two-thirds vote.
The council tabled the issue until today to give city attorney Ron Lawrence time to review the case.
In other business, the council will discuss the implementation of fines for those who break animal control ordinances. The proposed fines range anywhere from $50 for minor, first-time offenses up to $500 if someone’s animal attacks and kills another person. This would include a $125 fee incurred for harming a domestic pet, increasing to $250 for a subsequent offense.
The council also will discuss track and field repairs at Dillard Middle School and an agreement over maintenance equipment at the Day Circle playground. It also will vote on approving an informal bid for stump-grinding services from Bell’s Tree Service, an amendment to the city’s wrecker ordinance and rate schedule, and the sale of a property at 901 N. Carolina St.
The council will first meet for its work session in room 206 of the city hall addition at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting in the council chamber at 7 p.m.