Mayor Seeks Applicants for Boards and Commissions
Mayor Allen Joines is accepting applications from city residents interested in serving on the following boards and commissions:
- Citizens’ Budget Advisory Council (4 openings)
- Citizen Police Review Board (4 openings)
- Community Sustainability Program Committee (2 openings)
- Emergency Management Advisory Council (3 openings)
- Human Relations Commission (1 opening)
- Loan Committee (8 openings)
- Recreation and Parks Commission (2 openings)
- Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness (2 openings)
- Zoning Board of Adjustment (5 openings)
The application form, along with descriptions of the boards, is available online, or by calling the Mayor’s Office at 727-2058. Applications are accepted continuously; however, for consideration by the City Council in November, applications must be submitted by September 27.
West Clemmonsville Road Roundabouts Now Open
Construction of three roundabouts has been completed as part of the West Clemmonsville Road widening project, altering the traffic pattern for drivers using the road. The roundabouts are at the intersection with Sides Road and at both sets of entrance-exit ramps for Peters Creek Parkway.
The city is adding a center turn lane to the road between Old Salisbury Road and South Main Street. During construction, tractor-trailer drivers are urged to avoid this area if possible. Construction is projected to be completed in the summer of 2014. Read more information about the project or call CityLink 311.
KWSB Receives Waste Management “Think Green” Grant
Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful has again received a $10,000 “Think Green” grant from Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful to support the 2013 Community Roots Day on Oct. 26. Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful will use the grant to defray the cost of buying trees that will be planted in the Castle Heights neighborhood in East Winston-Salem.
Waste Management awarded the merit-based Think Green grants to affiliates of Keep America Beautiful to support programs that increase local recycling efforts, expand public environmental education, or enhance local beautification and community greening initiatives. Ten grants were awarded, said Barry Caldwell, the chief communications officer for Waste Management and a past chairman of the Keep America Beautiful board of directors.
Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful also received a Waste Management Think Green grant in 2012, said George M. Stilphen, the executive director of Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. “We are honored that Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful selected Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful and Community Roots Day for another Think Green grant,” Stilphen said. “The trees that we plant with this grant will enrich our community for years to come.” Community Roots Day is a collaborative effort for Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, the Community Appearance Commission and the city’s Vegetation Management Department.
More information or to volunteer online for Community Roots Day.
Human Relations Celebrating Cultural Awareness Month
Two festivals and a forum for high school students on race relations highlight the city’s observance of Cultural Awareness Month during September.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the city is a sponsor of Fiesta, the Hispanic League's annual Hispanic cultural festival, in downtown Winston-Salem from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free and will include Hispanic entertainment, food and merchandise vendors. The city will have a tent with information from multiple departments to share with the public.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Human Relations Commission is co-sponsoring International Village during Rock the Block, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Corpening Plaza. Cultures from all over the world will be showcased and celebrated through music, dancing, fashion shows, food, arts and crafts vendors, and information booths.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and Mount Tabor High School administrators will welcome participants to a Student Race Relations Forum to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mount Tabor High School. Students from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools will discuss their perspectives on the state of race relations. For more information about these events or Cultural Awareness Month, call City Link 311.