Planning and Development Services Wins International Recognition for Code Innovation
Planning and Development Services has received the 2018 Innovations in Code Excellence Award from the International Code Council for a new process it created to make it easier to repurpose old buildings. The ICC's board of directors, which represents more than 70,000 building code officials across the globe, unanimously chose to honor the department for its collaborative effort to devise a better process to guide developers, owners and entrepreneurs through the "change of use" process. The term refers to converting a building for a use other than that for which it was originally approved, for example, from a warehouse to a restaurant. The new process was the end product of a Change of Use Task Force the department created to address complaints, frustrations and conflicts arising when property and business owners repurposed an old building and found themselves sideways with current building or zoning requirements. READ MORE
Police Department "No-Shave November" Benefits Sticht Center, Police Foundation
The Police Department's "No-Shave November" fund-raiser netted $6,687 to the J. Paul Sticht Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Winston-Salem Police Foundation. Police Chief Catrina Thompson presented checks to representatives of the organizations on Dec. 17.
From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, any Police Department employee who contributed at least $50 to the campaign is exempted from the department's grooming standards pertaining to facial hair and finger nails. Male employees may have beards and moustaches, and female employees may wear decorative nail art or the nail polish color of their choosing. In all, 272 police department personnel participated in the campaign.