City Edition August 2014

Fire Department Accepting Applications for Citizens’ Fire Academy
Improvements Completed at Winston Lake Golf Course, All Holes Open
Collection Changes for Labor Day Holiday
Fire Chief Antony Farmer to Retire
City Soliciting S.O.A.R. Grant Proposals

Fire Department Accepting Applications for Citizens’ Fire Academy

The Winston-Salem Fire Department is accepting applications for the Citizens’ Fire Academy, to be held Aug. 25 – Oct. 20. Participants will learn about fire department operations and receive hands-on experience in fire and life safety, including an opportunity to ride along on emergency calls. Topics will include the organization and history of the Fire Department, first aid, fire prevention, fire extinguisher training and 911 communications.

The Citizens’ Fire Academy is free and is open to citizens 18 and older. Participants will be selected through an application process and should commit to attending all class meetings. Class size is limited. Applications must be received by Aug. 15. For more information or to apply, call 773-7965 or send an e-mail to

Citizens Fire Academy information and online application form

Improvements Completed at Winston Lake Golf Course, All Holes Open

All holes at Winston Lake Golf Course are now open following a brief closure to replace the greens and make other improvements designed to reduce maintenance costs and make the course easier to play.

The old bent-grass greens have been replaced with Diamond Zoysia, a hardy and heat-tolerant turf that thrives in the hot and humid Southeastern summers. Because of these characteristics, Diamond Zoysia does not need to be treated with as many chemicals and does not need to be watered as often. 

Read more about the golf course... 

Collection Changes for Labor Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday. CityLink, the city’s citizen service call center, will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist citizens and will be available outside of those hours for water, sewer and other non-911 emergencies. All yard-waste and red week recycling collections for the week of Sept. 1 will be postponed one day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. There will be no change in garbage collections. For more information call CityLink 311.

Collections Holiday Schedule


Fire Chief Antony Farmer to Retire 

Fire Chief Antony Farmer announced today that he will retire at the end of December, concluding what will be almost 32 years of distinguished service to the citizens of Winston-Salem. City Manager Lee Garrity said a national search will be conducted for Farmer’s successor. Farmer, 57, joined the fire department in 1983 and rose through the ranks, serving as firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief and district chief before being named as fire chief in 2008.

During his tenure, the Fire Department grew to 24 companies, 19 fire stations and a total of 343 employees. The department maintained an average response time of four minutes while also having the lowest cost per call of any major city in North Carolina. Read full article...

Soliciting S.O.A.R. Grant Proposals

The city is soliciting proposals for S.O.A. R. (Successful Outcomes After Release) grants to fund educational, vocational, therapeutic, and employment training services for the recently incarcerated.

A request for proposals is available online at or by calling Evan Raleigh, assistant to the city manager, at 397-7701. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Grants of up to $20,000 will be made to currently active 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Read full article ...

City Edition August 2014 

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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City Council
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
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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