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January 2020 · Produced by Marketing & Communications

  • Local Governance Study Commission Holding Public Information/Input Sessions
  • Learn More about City Recreation Opportunities at Open Houses
  • Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
  • Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission
  • Kickoff Scheduled for 2020 Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts
  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Local Governance Study Commission

Local Governance Study Commission Holding Public Information/Input Sessions

The Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission is holding three public sessions at the end of January to brief city residents on the various ways the City Council could be restructured, and to collect public opinion on what changes, if any, should be made. The sessions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.:
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Carver High School, 3545 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem;
  • Wednesday,  Jan. 29, at Easton Elementary School, 734 Clemmonsville Circle, Winston-Salem; and 
  • Thursday, Jan. 30, at South Fork Elementary School, 4332 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem.
Each meeting will open with a brief video overview of the various ways the council could be restructured. Following the video, attendees can circulate among six stations with more details about the options presented in the video. All attendees will be asked to fill out a short survey before they leave to give the commission members an idea of what changes, if any, city residents might like to see. The video and information presented at the meetings will be posted online at for residents who are unable to attend any of the input sessions. 
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Learn More about City Recreation Opportunities at Open Houses

City residents are invited to attend any of four open houses Recreation & Parks will hold during January to showcase the great variety of recreation programs and facilities the city offers. The open houses will include interactive demonstrations and door prizes will be awarded, including free tickets to Wake Forest University and Thunderbirds games and free facility and equipment rentals. The open house locations and dates are:

  • Polo Park Recreation Center, 1850 Polo Road, Thursday, Jan. 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Miller Park Recreation Center, 400 Leisure Lane, Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. - noon
  • William R. Anderson, Jr. Recreation Center, 2450 Reynolds Park Road, Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fourteenth Street Recreation Center, 2020 N.E. 14th Street Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. - noon.
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Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-call staff with the appropriate department. Requests for routine information or services may be submitted by email, the city website and the CityLink 311 mobile application for processing the next day. Garbage and recycling collections will follow the normal schedule. All yard-waste collections will be postponed one day. A schedule of collection changes for all holidays in 2020 is posted online at For more information call CityLink 311.

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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.
Any citizen with an interest in the commission and its work may apply. All applicants must be Winston-Salem residents. Interested candidates should contact the City Secretary’s office at 336-727-2224 or send an email to The application deadline is Jan. 10, 2020. READ MORE

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Kickoff Scheduled for 2020 Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts

The Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts will hold a 2020 season kickoff with games and arts from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 17, at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd. The 2020 games will be held April 3 through May 30. Entry forms will be available at the kickoff and thereafter at all city recreation centers, local YMCAs, the Gateway YWCA and the Senior Games office at 2301 N. Patterson Ave. Early bird registration closes Feb. 28 and the final registration deadline is March 31. READ MORE

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The city will collect Christmas trees and put them to good use as mulch for its parks and roadsides. Residents in single family homes inside the city limits can put their Christmas trees at the curb for pick-up during the regular city brush collection. All lights, decorations, stands and nails must be removed from trees. Please be aware that it may take several weeks to collect all the trees.
People who live in apartments, who live outside the city limits or who want to dispose of their trees quickly can take them to drop off locations through Jan. 31. SEE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

For more information about these stories, or to report a problem or request services, call CityLink at 336-727-8000 or 311 within Winston-Salem city limits.

City of Winston-Salem

Mayor: Allen Joines
City Council: Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore, Northeast Ward; Denise D. Adams, North Ward; Dan Besse, Southwest Ward; Robert C. Clark, West Ward; John C. Larson, South Ward; Jeff MacIntosh, Northwest Ward; Annette Scippio, East Ward; James Taylor, Jr., Southeast Ward
City Manager: Lee Garrity

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