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City Edition June 2018
  • Winston Waterworks Now Open
  • City Pools Opening
  • $530 Million Budget Proposed for 2018-2019
  • City Sponsoring Bidding & Estimating Seminar for M/WBE Businesses
  • Utility Commission Approves Rate Increases
  • Assistant City Mangers Derwick Paige and Greg Turner to Retire
  • First Burke/Joines Scholarship Recipient Graduates
  • Silver Hill Neighborhood Remembers with Historic Marker

Winston Waterworks

Winston Waterworks Now Open

City officials held a grand opening for the Winston Waterworks aquatic park May 25 and opened it to the public over Memorial Day weekend. Daily hours begin June 9 from noon to 6 p.m. Winston Waterworks is located at the corner of Waterworks and Winston Lake roads off New Walkertown Road, and has a pool, a lazy river, a water playground, waterslides, restrooms, changing rooms and a concessions area. The Winston Waterworks was built with $5 million in bonds that voters approved in the November 2014 bond referendum.

City Pools Opening

Bolton, Kimberley Park, Reynolds Park, Long Creek, Mineral Springs and Sprague pools will open daily for the summer on June 9.

All pools will offer three free sessions of swim lessons for children. Sign-ups for the first session of will be June 9 at 10 a.m. at each pool and lessons will begin June 11. Each pool also offers free adult swim lessons and Babes in Arms programs starting June 16. Contact the pool the week before to preregister.

Bolton Pool


$530 Million Budget Proposed for 2018-2019

The city property-tax rate would remain unchanged, city services to residents would remain at current levels and the city would raise its minimum pay to $12.50 an hour under the $530 million budget for 2018-19 that City Manager Lee Garrity has recommended to Mayor Allen Joines and the City Council.

The proposed budget allocates $363 million for operations, $42 million for debt service and $125 million for capital improvements. The property tax rate would remain unchanged at 59.74 cents for every $100 of value.

The draft budget is posted at and will be reviewed during a series of workshops that will be carried live on WSTV on Spectrum cable channel 13 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Forsyth County. WSTV can also be viewed live online at

The City Council's Finance Committee will begin reviewing the budget May 31 and will hold a public hearing June 7. Citizens can also phone in comments about the budget on the city's Citizen Feedback line, 336-734-1400, or submit comments through a form on the city website. The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the budget on June 18. READ MORE

City Sponsoring Bidding & Estimating Seminar for M/WBE Businesses

"Bidding & Estimating 101," a free seminar to help minority- and women-owned businesses improve their bidding and estimating process, will be held June 12 at the Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem. The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is appropriate for M/WBE contractors, consultants, professional and general service providers and other minority- or women-owned businesses. Topics will include responding to solicitations, preparing and submitting bids, insurance requirements, M/WBE policies, best practices and more. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is requested by June 11. For more information and to register, go to The seminar is being presented by the city of Winston-Salem in collaboration with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Winston-Salem Black Chamber.

Utility Commission Approves Rate Increases

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission has approved a 3.5 percent increase in water rates and a 5 percent increase in sewer rates. The service availability charge for water and sewer service for residential water meters will increase by $1.41 per month. The new rates will take effect July 1. The rate changes will support the commission's $45.5 million operations budget, $51.5 million debt service budget, and $114.7 capital improvements budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. READ MORE

Derwick PaigeGreg Turner

Assistant City Mangers Derwick Paige and Greg Turner to Retire

Assistant City Managers Derwick Paige and Greg Turner have announced their plans to retire effective July 1, concluding a combined 70 years of service to the citizens of Winston-Salem. City Manager Lee Garrity said that Evan Raleigh, the current director of the Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement, will transition into the position currently held by Paige. A search will be conducted for Turner's successor.

First Burke/Joines Scholarship Recipient Graduates

Melanie Lara is the first Burke/Joines Scholarship recipient to graduate from Forsyth Technical Community College. Lara, who was awarded the scholarship in 2016 while a senior at R.J. Reynolds High School, received her associate's degree Thursday and will be attending Salem College. The scholarship pays the cost of tuition and books for up to six semesters at Forsyth Tech. Mayor Allen Joines and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke initiated the scholarship program in 2016 to help deserving students attend Forsyth Tech and further their job qualifications. READ MORE

Melanie Lara

Silver Hill Neighborhood Remembers with Historic Marker

A local historic marker commemorating the Silver Hill neighborhood is being put up at the corner of Wiley Avenue and Holiday Street in Winston-Salem. The neighborhood was established by African-Americans in the 1880s who worked in Winston's tobacco factories and as domestic workers. During the first decades of the 20th century the neighborhood was surrounded by the new developments of Buena Vista and West Highlands. The neighborhood included a church and cemetery; the church burned down in 1942; the cemetery is now owned and maintained by United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church.

Silver Hill historic marker unveiling

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City Edition 2018

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Allen Joines

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

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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