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City Edition January 2019
  • Planning and Development Services Wins International Recognition for Code Innovation
  • Police Department "No-Shave November" Benefits Sticht Center, Police Foundation
  • Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree
  • Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy

Planning International Code Council award

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

No Shave November

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.

Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, 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 2019 is posted online at For more information call CityLink 311.

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

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Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy

The Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizens' Police Academy, which will start April 4. 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 12.

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