April 2018 Highlights

In April, we approved the street repaving contract for this summer’s work, and continued preparation of the FY2019 city budget.  First, here’s an early quick word about city sanitation schedules for Memorial Day week.


Memorial Day city sanitation collection schedules:     Winston-Salem city sanitation collection schedules will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 28.  Garbage collection schedules will be the same as usual.  However, that week’s recycling collections (Blue Week) will be postponed one day (Monday routes collected on Tuesday, etc.).  All yard waste collections also will be postponed one day.  See the holiday collection schedules here:  http://www.cityofws.org/Departments/Sanitation/Holiday-Schedule


Street repaving contract approved:     At our May 16 meeting, the city council approved the city’s contract for this year’s summer street repaving schedule, including the lists of streets to be repaved.
The funds available for repaving are always divided roughly equally between each of the city’s eight wards (council districts), so that all parts of our city get equal attention.  This year there is about $533 thousand per ward in new repaving funding available.  Streets with the poorest condition scores receive the highest priority for repaving.  Street condition scores are re-evaluated and updated annually.  Staff are always asked to take a close look at any street that receives multiple problem reports.
In the Southwest Ward, this year’s contract will cover resurfacing these seven city streets:   
--First Street (between Hawthorne and Cloverdale); 
--Westridge Road (between Hermitage and the dead end after Pinebluff); 
--Gaston Street (between Irving Street and Madison Avenue); 
--S. Cliffdale Drive (between Country Club Road and Harper Street);
--Lockwood Drive (between Stratford Road and the t-turnaround);
--Cheltenham Drive (between Jonestown Road and Edenwood Drive);
--Jonestown Road (between Kester Mill Road and Romara Drive).


FY2019 city budget process:     At the April 9 meeting of the city council’s Finance Committee, city budget staff presented summary information on anticipated changes to the FY2019 city budget, as well as other relevant data.  Major potential factors include the financial impact of planned pay increases for city employees, including market competitiveness adjustments for public safety officers and below-market salary positions. 
Next steps in the budget process include these:
--May 24:  Release of the city manager’s proposed budget.
--May 31:  Review of the proposed budget begins in the city council’s Finance Committee.  (Meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.)
--June 7:  Public comment hearing on the budget by the Finance Committee.  (Meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.)
--June 18:  Final public hearing, adjustments, and vote on the city budget by the city council.  (Meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.)


May zoning cases:     Two rezoning requests of likely broad public interest in the Southwest Ward are scheduled for public hearing and decision on May 7 at the city council’s 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.  They are:

--Proposed rezoning of the Budget Inn property at 600 Peters Creek Parkway for a mixed use development including workforce affordable housing.  The proposed rezoning is consistent with the relevant small area plan, and is supported by the affected neighborhood associations.  (Zoning case W-3359)
--Proposed rezoning of the old “goat farm” property on Ebert Street at Silas Creek Parkway for a mixed use development including medical offices.  The proposed rezoning is not consistent with the relevant small area plan, and is opposed by the affected neighborhood association.  (Zoning case W-3363)
     Details of both requests can be reviewed through the Planning Department,http://www.cityofws.org/Departments/Planning/Zoning-and-Subdivision/Monthly-Zoning


2018 Primary Election voting:     The 2018 primary elections voting concludes in May.  Early voting(including same-day registration and voting) will continue daily through this Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. Election day voting (which does not include the same-day registration and voting opportunity) will take place on Tuesday, May 8.  See the early voting locations and times for Forsyth County here: http://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/elections/assets/documents/2018_Primary_Election.pdf


Business 40 work and mitigation strategies:    Business 40 lane closures will continue during May as work progresses on the 4th Street bridge replacement and overhaul of the interchange with Peters Creek Parkway.  You should be able to keep up with planned closures here:  www.business40nc.com 


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