City Edition November 2013

Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 4

City crews will start collecting leaves on Monday, Nov. 4, in the western quadrant of the city, between Business 40 and U.S. 421 to the south and Reynolda and Yadkinville roads to the north.

Citizens can go online to track the progress of leaf collection and to enter their address for an estimate of when the leaf trucks will be in their neighborhood. Residents who do not have access to a computer can call CityLink at 311 and a City Link agent will look it up. Keep in mind that the date will be only an estimate, because inclement weather and other factors can affect the pace of leaf collection. ... read more about leaf routes on the city website

City Trying New Approach to Thanksgiving Week Garbage Collections

Thanksgiving week always presents a challenge for the Sanitation Department, because it has to amend the garbage collection schedule for both Thursday and Friday, which are city holidays.

In the past, Sanitation has moved up by a day all Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday collections (Tuesday on Monday, etc.) during the week of Thanksgiving, and postponed Friday’s collection to the following Monday (a day when we normally do not have garbage collection). Inevitably, some residents forget to put out their garbage cart a day early and miss their collection. 

This year, Sanitation will try a different approach. During thanksgiving week, instead of moving most collections up a day: 

  • Crews will collect garbage on Tuesday and Wednesday as usual. 
  • Thursday and Friday collections will be postponed: 
    • Thursday routes will be collected on Monday, Dec. 2; and 
    • Friday routes will be collected on Tuesday, Dec. 3
      • This way, even if folks put their cart as usual on Thursday or Friday, they will not have missed their collection.

To accommodate this schedule, all garbage collections for the week after Thanksgiving will be postponed a day: 

  • Tuesday on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, etc. Collection for Friday, Dec. 6, will be on Monday, Dec. 9.

Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Changes for Thanksgiving

  • Recycling: Blue Week; Mon. – Wed.: Normal schedule, Thursday & Friday postponed one day. 
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Monday & Tuesday collected on Monday, Wednesday on Tuesday, Thursday on Wednesday. 

Sanitation Holiday Collections schedule is posted online.

City Seeking Applicants for CWSU

The city is accepting applications for the next class of “City of Winston-Salem University,” to be held Jan. 30 through April 21. City of Winston-Salem University gives citizens a better understanding of city government, including the responsibilities of various city departments and the city’s role in the community. 

Classes will meet Thursday evenings for three hours. Topics will include city governance and finance, sanitation, utilities operations, streets and transportation, public safety, planning and economic development, housing, recreation and public facilities.

Apply online or download the application

City Soliciting Citizens to Participate in “Trust Talks”

The Winston-Salem Police Department and the Human Relations Department are seeking citizens who are interested in participating in “Trust Talks” during 2014. “Trust Talks” have been held since 2012 to give police officers an opportunity to interact and improve relations with residents who typically do not have direct contact with the Police Department.

Specific dates for 2014 have not been set. The departments are looking for participants who represent a diverse cross-section of the city. Interested citizens should call Pam Peoples-Joyner of the Police Department at 773-7962 or Jayme Waldeck of the Human Relations Department at 734-1228. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating.

WSTA Begins Sunday Service

The Winston-Salem Transit Authority will begin offering Sunday bus service on Nov. 3. Buses will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on seven Sunday-only routes that were devised to serve as many neighborhoods and destinations as possible. For routes, schedules and more information, go to or call WSTA at 727-2000.

Police Department Holding Job Fair

The Winston-Salem Police Department will hold a job fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. 

Interested citizens can meet with police representatives and learn more about sworn and non-sworn job opportunities with these police units: Investigative Services, Field Services, Support Services, Forensic Services, SWAT, K-9, Gang, Bomb Squad, Traffic Enforcement, Records, Communications, Evidence Management and Recruiting. 


Join the WSPD team!

Online Request Form for Police Representatives, McGruff Now Available

Citizens can now request a police representative or McGruff at their event with an online form posted on the Police Department’s Community Resource Unit page at The form allows citizens to request, 24 hours a day, a speaker, an officer, the crime prevention unit or McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, at their event. The department still accepts requests over the telephone during normal business hours, but prefers that citizens use the form if they have Internet access.

Citizens should complete the online form at least 14 days in advance of their event. For more information, call the Community Resource Unit at 773-7835.

Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling a vacancy on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission. The Community Appearance Commission seeks to enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic character of Forsyth County and the city of Winston-Salem for the education, pleasure and enrichment of city and county residents; and to improve the community’s visual quality of life for generations to come.

Applicants must reside in the city limits. Interested candidates should contact the City Secretary’s office at 727-2224 or send an email to The application deadline is Nov. 8, 2013.

City Edition

November 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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Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
Molly Leight
Wanda Merschel
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

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