City Edition December 2013

Winston-Salem Again Ranked as a Top 10 Digital City

For the 12th year in a row Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the top 10 most technology-advanced cities of its size in America by the e.Republic Center for Digital Government. Winston-Salem tied with Chula Vista, Calif., and Scottsdale, Ariz., for sixth in the center's 2013 Digital Cities Survey of cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999. The annual study ranks the use of information technology by local governments.

This year the survey honored cities that use technology to improve transparency and provide access to city services through mobile applications, said Todd Sander, the center’s executive director. “The top digital cities are leaders in open data and transparency efforts, as well as innovators in deploying mobile applications to citizens while conforming to fiscal standards,” Sander said.

 ...Continue reading about the Top 10 Digital City

Collection Changes for Christmas and New Year’s Day Holidays

City offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday; and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service line, will be open to assist citizens. Sanitation collections will be affected as follows:

Week of Christmas 

  • Garbage: Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day; Friday collected on Monday, Dec. 30.
  • Recycling: Red Week. Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. - Fri. postponed one day. 
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day.

Week of New Year’s Day

  • Garbage: Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day; Friday collected on Monday, Jan. 6.
  • Recycling: Blue Week. Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. - Fri. postponed one day. 
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day.

For more information call CityLink 311.

The Sanitation Holiday Collections Schedule is online

Water Treatment Plant control panel 
(learn about it on a City Savvy video!)

water plant controls

Council Member Montgomery to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Council Member Derwin L. Montgomery will hold a Town Hall Meeting with his constituents chat on Thursday, Dec, 12, to discuss the city budget, economic development, public safety and community concerns. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Goler Family Enrichment Center, 620 N. Patterson Ave. For more information, contact Twanda Montgomery at 462-2341 or

New “City Savvy” Videos Explain & Promote City Services

A new series of nine short videos that explain and promote such city services as recycling and recreation is being released through the city’s Facebook page. A new “City Savvy” video will be released each weekday through Dec. 12. Once posted, the videos can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel. They will start running on WSTV 13 on Dec. 13, said Ed McNeal, the city’s director of marketing & communications.

“We called the series “City Savvy” because they teach viewers how to be savvy about how, why and what the city does,” McNeal said. The first video, “Leaf it to us,” explains the do’s and don’ts for setting out leaves for collection. Other videos in the series are:

  • “Who You Gonna Call?” A recap of the 311, 411, 911 and other three-digit assistance numbers in Forsyth County and what they are for. 
  • “Gallon by Gallon.” A step-by-step look at how a gallon of water in the Yadkin River becomes a gallon of water waiting to come out of your tap. 
  • “Rolled Out Right.” The right way to put rollout carts at the curb, and why doing it right saves the city and its taxpayers money in the long run.
  • “Let’s Play.” A look at the facilities and programs the Recreation Department offers, stressing the variety, availability and value for all ages. 
  • “Pay It Easy.” The many options that city residents have for paying their city bills, 
  • “Really Recycling.” What happens to all the recyclables that are collected every week, and how it benefits the city and city residents. 
  • “Ready for Inspection.” How and why building codes are written the way they are, and the role the Inspections Division plays in keeping the public safe. 
  • “Farm Food.” The Dixie Classic Farmer’s Market as a convenient source for locally grown foods. 

WSTV 13 will play individual videos in rotation staring Dec. 13, and will show all nine as a bloc Mondays at 11 a.m., Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m., Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at noon.

City of Winston-Salem Facebook page

City of Winston-Salem YouTube channel

Police Promotions Announced

Police Chief Barry D. Rountree of the Winston-Salem Police Department announced the promotion of Lieutenant Christopher A. Lowder to captain, effective December 9. Lowder is a 19-year veteran of the Police Department. During his career he has served in the Field Services Bureau/Patrol Division, the Special Operations Division, and the Office of the Chief of Police. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and he holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. 

Also promoted are:

  • To Lieutenant: Sergeant Carla J. Yandell. 
  • To Sergeant: Corporals Michael S. McDonald and Catrin B. Giles.
  • To Corporal: Officers Charles D. Brackett, Cory R. Luper and Christina D. Darga.
  • To Police Records Supervisor: Police Records Specialist Laura I. Cherry.
  • To Senior Crime Analyst: Crime Analyst Candace L. Madren.

City Edition

December 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
Jeff MacIntosh
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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