City Edition August 2013

In This Issue

City’s Efforts Make Cycling & Walking Safer and More Convenient 
Collection Changes for Labor Day Holiday
Police Accepting Applications for Citizens’ Police Academy
Sanitation Division’s Recycle Today Program Wins National Award
Chief Financial Officer Denise Bell Retires; Lisa Saunders Appointed New CFO
City Announces Small Business Plan Competition Winner

City’s Efforts Make Cycling & Walking Safer and More Convenient

With the help of a federal grant, the city is installing 125 bike racks throughout downtown and at select schools in Winston-Salem to meet the growing demand for bike racks.

Each U-shaped bike rack can accommodate two bikes, says Matthew Burczyk, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “We want to encourage more people to bicycle by making it convenient to park free and close to destinations,” Burczyk said. “The few racks previously available were already being used a lot so we’ve expanded capacity.”

The bike racks are being paid for with $25,400 allocated from a federal grant for local transportation needs. The city provided $5,500 in matching funds. The city also recently installed five “art” bike racks downtown, including a rack that looks like an old-fashioned bike in front of Camino Bakery, and another that looks like a reel of film in front of Aperture Cinema. These racks were created by Zach Lail, a local artist and biker, and paid for through private donations.

The new bike racks are part of a concerted effort to make bicycling and walking safer and more convenient. This summer, the city is marking local roads to designate 10 more miles of bike lanes or shared lanes. When completed, the city will have 20 miles of bike or shared lanes.

Other efforts include:

  • Four brochures in English and Spanish with safety/courtesy tips for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and residents/property owners; and a folding wallet card with a summary of laws and tips for cyclists. The brochures will be a resource for city staff and police officers to distribute at community presentations and events. Copies are available for download on the city’s website.
  • A series of television public safety announcements on walking and biking safely in Winston-Salem. The Bike Smart and Walk Smart videos are being shown on WSTV 13 and can be viewed on the city’s website and it’s YouTube channel.

Bicycle Tips page with brochures and information 

Read more information about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Collection Changes for Labor Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday. CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service call center, will be open to assist citizens. All yard-waste and red week recycling collections for the week of Sept. 2 will be postponed one day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. There will be no change in garbage collections. 

2013 Holiday Collection schedule 


Police Accepting Applications for Citizens’ Police Academy

The Police Department will begin accepting applications the week of Aug. 4 for the fall session of the Citizens’ Police Academy, which will start Sept. 12.

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 curriculum is similar to training for new police officers, with a mix of classroom and scenario/hands-on training on such topics as department functions, search and seizure laws, use of force, firearms training, crime prevention, domestic violence, criminal investigations, vice/narcotics operations and K-9 and special operations. Participants will have an opportunity to ride with a patrol officer.

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.

Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Public Safety Center or the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center. 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 773-7835, or complete an application online staring the week of Aug. 4. The class is limited to 30 students. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 28.

Information and application for Citizens' Police Academy 


Chief Financial Officer Denise Bell Retires; Lisa Saunders Appointed New CFO

City Manager Lee Garrity has appointed Lisa Saunders, a 27-year veteran of the city’s Financial Management Services department, to succeed Denise Bell as chief financial officer. Bell retired June 25 after more than 35 years of distinguished service.

Bell joined the city in 1977 as a senior accounting clerk and was named the city’s first female chief financial officer in 2003 after serving for 15 years as deputy financial officer. During her tenure, Bell structured economic development packages that attracted major employers and hundreds of jobs to the city and helped gain Winston-Salem national recognition for its financial management practices. More recently, Bell faced the challenges of maintaining the city’s AAA credit rating and safeguarding the city’s fiscal health in a time of unprecedented financial strain brought by the economic recession.

The one constant in Bell’s tenure, Garrity said, was her distinguished service to the citizens of Winston-Salem. “Strong leadership in managing our city resources is essential. Through many challenging economic times, Ms. Bell guided us with wise insight and strong stewardship.  Her service to the citizens of Winston-Salem has been extraordinary.”

Saunders was appointed to succeed Bell after a national search managed by Developmental Associates LLC of Chapel Hill. A diverse pool of applicants from throughout the United States applied for the position. This applicant pool was narrowed down through interviews, comprehensive assessment tools, and background reviews.

Garrity said the city’s finances remain in good hands under Saunders. “Lisa’s breadth of knowledge, commitment to the team, and passion for the details made her the logical choice for our next chief financial officer,” he said. 

Saunders joined the city in 1986 as a senior financial analyst and has served as the assistant financial officer since 2006. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and is also a Certified Local Government Finance Officer. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Government Municipal Administration Course, and will be a 2013 graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy. She is a member of the North Carolina Government Finance Officers Association and has served on the association’s board since 2010.  

 

Sanitation Division’s Recycle Today Program Wins National Award

The city of Winston-Salem has received a national Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America for the Sanitation Division’s Recycle Today program. The award will be presented Sept. 17 in Long Beach, Calif., during the association’s annual conference.

Recycle Today received the bronze award in the Collections Systems category for its implementation of roll-out recycling, based on such criteria as performance, cost-effectiveness, environmental protection, use of technology, regulatory compliance, and worker health and safety. The city has partnered with Waste Management on its recycling program since 1990.

The switch to bi-weekly collection saved the city more than $800,000 and resulted in a 20 percent increase in recycling collections. A computerized mapping program created new collection routes balanced by time and load using the fewest trucks possible. Overall fuel consumption for recycling collections dropped by 200 gallons a day, which reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 17,240 metric tons per day. 

This is the Sanitation Division’s first national award, said Sanitation Director Johnnie Taylor. “I am very pleased that the efforts of our employees, and those of Waste Management, have been recognized,” Taylor said. “Our switch to rollout recycling has been an unqualified success and they are the ones who made it happen.”

The association’s Excellence Awards recognize outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that are using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Gold, silver and bronze awards are presented in 15 categories. 

The Sanitation Division comprises 189 employees and is responsible each year for collecting more than 103,000 tons of garbage, yard waste, recycling, brush, bulky items and leaves.


City Announces Small Business Plan Competition Winner

Elizabeth Coyne, a designer and entrepreneur, is the winner of the city’s Small Business Plan Competition and will receive a $5,000 grant for start-up costs and up to $5,000 in a matching micro-loan.

Coyne’s business, S2dio Supplies, was selected from among 14 start-ups that submitted business plans. S2dio Supplies is a mobile art supply store that will serve the art community and school art programs with art supplies that are not available in local stores. Coyne is currently operating as a “pop-up” business to validate the business model. Eventually, she hopes to base her business in a vehicle. 

Coyne said the business plan competition spurred her to act on what she saw as an unfilled niche in the market. “When the Small Business Plan Competition was announced I thought, ‘Maybe that somebody could be me.’ It opened the door for me to discover more about all the programs the city has to support small businesses.”

The business plans were judged by the city’s Small Business Loan Committee, which comprises five members from such occupations as banking, real-estate, the law and small business. Andrew Dreyfuss, the committee chair, said that Coyne’s business plan did the best job of defining the business opportunity, existing competition, and the proposed operational, marketing and financial plan. “An added bonus was that we consider ourselves the city of arts and innovation,” he said, “and this was an interesting combination of innovation and arts all wrapped up in a unique format.”

The Small Business Plan Competition was designed to help entrepreneurs develop sound business plans. Entries had to be for micro-businesses (five employees or less) located within the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area. This area includes downtown and portions of the northern, southern and eastern quadrants of the city. Business plans must also create low- to moderate-income jobs or benefit low- to moderate-income residents.

In February, the city received 45 executive summaries of proposed businesses. Of these, 18 were invited to write and submit complete business plans, and 14 followed through. Although the Small Business Loan Committee chose only one winner, everyone who submitted a business plan is eligible to apply for a small business loan, and can receive guidance on how to improve their business plan.

See more information on the city’s programs to assist small businesses.

City Edition, August 2013

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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