September 2017 Highlights

The new District 3 Police station opens this month, plus we look ahead at other October activities.

District 3 Police offices:     The new District 3 Police sub-station ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Tuesday, October 10, at 12:30 p.m.  Winston-Salem Police Patrol District 3 is the final one of our three city patrol districts to celebrate the opening of its new district offices, the construction of which was authorized and funded by the 2014 local bond referendum.  The new district facilities will enhance community police presence, improve response time, and mean more patrol officer time on the beat and less in commuting. 

District 1 on North Point Boulevard, the other new construction, opened in September.  The District 2 office on Waughtown Street was created by renovating a well-located existing building and was opened much sooner.  The new District 3 station is located on Winterhaven Lane at the intersection of Somerset Drive and S. Stratford Road

If your schedule permits, On October 10 use your lunch break to join us and celebrate the opening of this important new public safety facility for our city!

Business 40 reconstruction:     The overhaul of Business 40 through central Winston-Salem gets started this month.  Work will begin with the reconstruction of the Peters Creek Parkway interchange with Business 40.  This phase is expected to last until fall 2018.  Both Peters Creek Parkway and Business 40 will remain open during this phase.  Once that interchange work (along with adjacent work including Academy Street and 4th Street) is completed, the main two sections of the Business 40 overhaul will begin.  That second phase, projected to last from fall 2018 to summer 2020, is the period when Business 40 through downtown will be closed.  The Peters Creek Parkway interchange should remain open throughout the closure period for Business 40 (to be renamed Salem Parkway).

To see the entire schedule, step by step, go here:  http://www.business40nc.com/en-us/pages/Home.aspx

If you have questions after you’ve reviewed that site, I recommend that you take those straight to the source (the NC Dept. of Transportation teams responsible for the project):  http://business40nc.com/en-us/pages/Contact.aspx

  

Lockland Park drainage repairs:     Repair of the drainage system underneath Lockland Park is now underway, with completion scheduled no later than March 10.   Repair of the sinkholes which have required fencing off an area of the park since last year was delayed by the extensive scope of collapsed and undersized piping which has to be replaced.  Those old and undersized drainage pipes serving that area had to surveyed in detail, and the work engineered to fix the problems, not just move them around.  The contract work needed will cost just under $900,000.  Thank you to neighbors and park users for your patience. 

New public safety officers:     Winston-Salem’s Police Department welcomed 13 new police officers with the graduation of our latest recruit class on September 1.  On October 6, Winston-Salem’s Fire Department will bring on its new firefighters at the graduation ceremony of our current firefighter recruit training school.  Community members who want to join city firefighters, families, and officials in applauding our newest firefighters are invited to the graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. on October 6, hosted this year by Revo Church at 3830 Wayne Avenue in the South Fork neighborhood.  The City of Winston-Salem is working hard to bring both our Police and Fire departments up to our full authorized levels of top-rated public safety officers.

Winston-Salem Transit update:     The new fare structure for TransAid (the special door to door transit service for the disabled and elderly) goes into effect October 1. 

--Medical trips for certified Medicaid recipients will continue to be free.  (Contact the Dept. of Social Services at 336-703-3919 to apply for medical transportation.)

--Passengers 60 years or older traveling to approved senior lunch programs, adult day care services or medical appointments will also continue to ride for no charge on those trips.  (To be eligible to use TransAid, you need to be certified as eligible by WSTA, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority.)

--At $1 per ride for other trips, Winston-Salem’s Trans-Aid fare will continue to be the lowest for any large city in North Carolina.

--To avoid hardship to those users for whom even $1 per door-to-door ride is a problem, we are making up to $90,000 worth of free transit passes available through community agencies serving various populations in potential need.  (The latest info on where passes have been made available can be obtained from WSTA.)

--TransAid riders with questions (and those who wish to apply for TransAid eligibility) may call WSTA at 336-727-2000.

Fiesta celebrated:     I enjoyed the chance to represent the mayor and city council in presenting the mayor’s proclamation celebrating the Hispanic League’s 25th anniversary downtown street fair, Fiesta, on September 23.  Over the last 25 years, our community has been blessed with a remarkable growth in diversity from around the world, including a stunning array of Latin American and Caribbean cultures. 

Other October events:     There are several great Winston-Salem community and Southwest Ward neighborhood events coming in October, including these:

--The Ardmore Neighborhood Association will hold its annual membership meeting with officer/board elections on Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. at the Miller Park Rec Center.

--The Griffith Meadows Home Owners Association will meet on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Creek Park Rec Center.

--The Ardmore RAH (Run Against Hunger) 5k and 10k races will be run on Saturday, October 21, starting and finishing at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on Miller Street.  For complete event details, go to www.ArdmoreRAH.com.  

--The Winston-Salem Community Roots Day street tree planting event will be held this year on Saturday, October 21, starting at 9 a.m. in the Atwood neighborhoods near Little Creek.  For event details, go to http://www.cityofws.org/departments/keep-winston-salem-beautiful/events  (If you are on a participating street, you will receive—most should have already received—a direct flyer with more information, including opt-out information for your address if you prefer.)

That’s my report for September.  As always, you are welcome to email me at danbesse@danbesse.org  with comments or questions.  Thanks!

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