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City Edition January 2018
  • WSTA Expands Bus Service
  • Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree
  • Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy
  • Public Input Session Scheduled for Housing Study
  • Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Operational Excellence
  • City Leadership Changes


WSTA Expands Bus Service

To better serve bus riders and attract new bus riders, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority expanded service hours for 11 bus routes and altered four routes as of Jan. 2.

Service hours for 11 of its routes have been expanded. Routes 80, 86, 90, 94, 101, 104, 106, 107 and 108 now provide nighttime, Saturday and Sunday service for the passengers living in the communities where the routes travel. Routes 91 and 91 provide nighttime and Saturday service. To accommodate the extended service hours, the schedules for the affected routes have been modified.

Additionally, minor changes are being made to the routes of travel for routes 81, 82, 95, and 103, but the time schedule will not change at all for these routes. WSTA is also working on changes to route 100 that will take effect in February. For detailed information about the changes, go to

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The city will collect Christmas trees and put them to good use as mulch for its parks and roadsides. Residents in single family homes inside the city limits can put their Christmas trees at the curb for pick-up during the regular city brush collection. All lights, decorations, stands and nails must be removed from trees. Please be aware that it may take several weeks to collect all the trees.

People who live in apartments, who live outside the city limits or who want to dispose of their trees quickly can take to drop off locations throughout the city. READ MORE

Christmas Trees in lot

Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed 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.

Garbage and recycling collections will follow the normal schedule. All yard-waste collections will be postponed one day. A schedule of collection changes for all holidays in 2018 is posted online at For more information call CityLink 311.

Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy

The Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizens' Police Academy, which will start April 5. The Citizens' Police Academy is a 13-week program that meets once a week to better acquaint citizens with the law enforcement profession and the role of the Police Department within the community. The weekly sessions are intended to help create a citizenry that is familiar and comfortable with the Police Department. The classes are not designed to train participants to be police officers.

Enrollment is open to any citizen 18 years of age or older who resides, works or attends school in Winston-Salem. Anyone interested in attending the Citizens' Police Academy may call the Winston-Salem Police Department for an application at (336) 408-8126, or complete an application online at Applications must be submitted by March 9.

Citizens' Police Academy banner

Public Input Session Scheduled for Housing Study

The city is conducting a study to determine the mix of housing that Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will need to meet evolving housing preferences and population trends over the coming decade, and is holding meetings on Thursday, Jan. 25, to solicit public input for the study. The meetings will be held at from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Neal Bolton Home & Garden Building on the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 9 off 27th Street. Both meetings are the same, and will build on an earlier meeting the city held in September. READ MORE

Elledge Treatment Plant Staff

Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Operational Excellence

The Central Region of the N.C. Professional Wastewater Operators Committee selected the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant in Winston Salem for its 2017 Operations & Maintenance Excellence Award. The award is given annually to a wastewater treatment plant in the central part of North Carolina that exhibits "the most outstanding plant operation and maintenance efforts, according to the best use of the resources available to that facility."

The committee lauded the plant’s operators for demonstrating "a consistent high level of professionalism and dedication to their customers and the environment." It also praised the plant staff for their community outreach and education efforts and their emphasis on professional development, certification and training. READ MORE

City Leadership Changes

City Manager Lee Garrity has appointed Tasha Logan Ford as assistant city manager and Marla Y. Newman as director of Community Development.

Logan Ford, who currently serves as an assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, will assume her duties in February 2018 and will oversee the Recreation and Parks and Community Development departments. Logan Ford has more than 13 years of local government experience in North Carolina, including three and a half years as an assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, where she oversees downtown development, engineering, budget, and planning and development. READ MORE

Newman succeeds D. Ritchie Brooks, who retired Nov. 30. She has nearly 20 years of housing and community development experience and most recently served as executive director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance. She also has worked for the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corporation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. READ MORE

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

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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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