City Edition December 2016

Winston-Salem Again Ranked as a Top 10 Digital City
Police Holding “Stuff the Patrol Car” Drive
Collection Changes, CityLink Staffing for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
Reynolds Park Road Closed for Bridge Replacements
Public Art Commission Soliciting Proposal for Public Art at New Central Library
East Ward Meetings on Crime, Methane Gas
Patrice Y. Toney Hired as Budget and Evaluation Director
Forsyth Creek Week Accepting Proposals for Water Quality Education Grant

Winston-Salem Again Ranked as a Top 10 Digital City

For the 15th year in a row Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the top 10 most technology-advanced cities of its size in America by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute. Winston-Salem tied with Scottsdale, Ariz., for sixth in the center's 2016 Digital Cities Survey of cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999. The annual study ranks the use of information technology by local governments. Read more about the award.

Public Art Commission Soliciting Proposal for Public Art at New Central Library

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission has issued a call to artists to submit proposals for a permanent public art feature at the new Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem.

The art will be located in the library’s new reading garden and will be unveiled in late spring 2017 when the new library opens to the public. It will serve as a focal point of the library and will be visible to library patrons, passing pedestrians and motorists. The art should celebrate and enhance the positive impact the library has on the community.

Complete guidelines for submissions, including information on how to obtain elevations and site plans for the new library, are posted at CityofWS.org/Planning. Proposals must be delivered by 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Read more about the proposal.

Collection Changes, CityLink Staffing for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

City offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday and Monday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. 

CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will be closed but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-call staff with the appropriate department. Requests for routine information or services may be submitted by email, the city website and the CityLink 311 mobile application for processing the next day.

During both Christmas and New Year’s weeks, garbage and recycling collections will follow the normal schedule. 

Yard-waste collections will be postponed a day, Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. 

Sanitation Collection schedule online

Police Holding “Stuff the Patrol Car” Drive

The Winston-Salem Police Department is holding a “Stuff the Patrol Car” toy drive in early December to serve local families. A police officer will be at the Walmart on Hanes Mill Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5-9 to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys for children.


Reynolds Park Road Closed for Bridge Replacements

Reynolds Park Road has been closed to through traffic between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Peachtree Street to replace bridges that carry the road over Salem Creek and Brushy Fork Creek. A detour is posted.

The bridges are being replaced one at a time to maintain access to the Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club and the Norfolk Southern bulk transfer rail yard. The bridge over Salem Creek will be replaced first, followed by the bridge over Brushy Fork Creek. Each bridge replacement is expected to take nine months. Including time for potential weather delays, officials estimate that the road will not be reopened until late summer 2018. While the Salem Creek Bridge is being replaced, the Salem Creek Greenway will also be detoured.


East Ward Meetings Scheduled on Crime, Methane Gas

Council Member Derwin L. Montgomery is holding two community meetings this month, one to discuss recent crime in the Old Greensboro Road area and the other to present an update on city plans to deal with the methane gas in the vicinity of Bowman Gray Stadium.

The meeting on crime will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Winston Lake Family YMCA, 901 Waterworks Road. The meeting on methane gas will present the city’s plans for remediation and follow-up testing and will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1400 Fitch St. For more information, contact Carol Brooks-Fonville at 336-462-2341 or carolf@cityofws.org.


Patrice Y. Toney Hired as Budget and Evaluation Director

After an extensive national search and assessment process, City Manager Lee Garrity has appointed Patrice Y. Toney as the city’s new budget and evaluation director. Toney will assume her new duties Dec. 5.

Toney has worked for Forsyth County since March 1999, including the last five years as a senior budget and management analyst. She also held positions in the Forsyth County Department of Public Health and the Public Library. While working in the county Budget and Management Department, she assisted with the development of the county’s $414 million annual budget, performed management analysis for numerous departments, and managed the county’s contracts with outside agencies, including local non-profit organizations. Read more about Toney.


Forsyth Creek Week Accepting Proposals for Water Quality Education Grant

To further its mission of educating Forsyth County residents about the importance of local waterways, the Forsyth Creek Week organizing committee will provide a grant of up to $2,500 during 2017 for a water quality education or outreach project. The grant will be made to a registered non-profit organization active in Forsyth County. More information and a grant application are posted online at ForsythCreekWeek.org. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 24. Read more about the grant.


See all public meetings on the website calendar

Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks

City Edition 2016 

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at 336-727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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Mayor
Allen Joines

City Council
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
Molly Leight
Jeff MacIntosh
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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