March 2007 Highlights

The City Council spent much time in March discussing stormwater management issues around the city.

Stormwater resolution:     After two well-attended public meetings discussing stormwater concerns in Winston-Salem, the City Council on March 26 approved a resolution indicating its intent to consider responsive changes to appropriate ordinances, policies, and programs.  The items to be considered include the following:
  • Reduction or elimination of grading in floodway fringes;
  • Reduction or elimination of mass grading of development sites, or other steps to reduce the negative effects of mass grading;
  • Requirements for stormwater management on all new developments; and
  • Responses to the EPA's recent audit of Winston-Salem's stormwater management program.
To assist in development and review of these and related proposals, the city will create a stormwater task force with citizen participation.  Individuals who would like to take part in that task force's meetings are welcome to contact me.  If you are interested, please email me with your name, mailing address, email, and phone number, and I will forward that to the city staff responsible for setting up and working with the task force.

Southwest Suburban Area Plan creation process:     Small area plans are the detailed guidance documents referred to by city-county planning staff as guides for development in areas of the city.  They're also useful guides to long-range services planning for other city departments.  These plans are created (or updated) with extensive public discussion every few years.  The city has just finalized the new North Central Area Plan, and last year completed the North Suburban Area Plan and Southeast Area Plan.
     This year, work has started on the Southwest Suburban Area Plan, which covers areas beyond the arc of Silas Creek Parkway toward  Clemmons and southwards.  A Citizens Advisory Committee has begun meeting, and will hold an open "visioning" meeting on Thursday, May 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at Little Creek Recreation Center.  All interested residents are welcome.  For more details, go to www.cityofws.org/planning, then to Area Plans, then Southwest Suburban.

National League of Cities:     I participated as one of Winston-Salem's representatives to the National League of Cities' Congressional Cities Conference in Washington in March.  I particularly focused on transportation, water, and related infrastructure issues important to Winston-Salem.  These meetings provide outstanding issue area briefings, information and idea exchange opportunities with representatives from thousands of other local officials from around the country, and the chance to directly advocate for our city's needs with members of our state's Congressional delegation.  I have written a more detailed summary of my work at this meeting, which I will post on my website and forward to any interested constituent on request.

Bulky item pickup:     It's that time of year again.  Bulky item pickup has started.  Notices are mailed to individual households in advance of the week when that neighborhood's pickup is scheduled.  To check now on what week your pickup will be held, go to www.cityofws.org/sanitation.  Please remember that to be sure of pickup, items must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on the Monday of the designated week, but should not be placed at the curb more than three days in advance of that time.

Salem Woods meeting:     An open neighborhood meeting to discuss community issues, and to discuss reviving a Salem Woods Neighborhood Association, will be held on Tuesday, April 3, starting at 7 p.m. at the Little Creek Recreation Center.  (I will be there.)  Any Salem Woods residents who are interested in this but are unable to attend the meeting are welcome to contact me, and I will put you in touch with the organizers.

Ardmore—WFUBMC meeting:  
   The Ardmore Neighborhood Association has set up a second neighborhood meeting to address questions concerning WFUBMC's (Baptist Hospital's) proposal to relocate its emergency department and realign the intersection of Hawthorne Road and Queen Street.  Representatives of WFUBMC will be present to answer questions about their proposal.  I will attend, and city staff members from Planning, Transportation, and Public Works will also be present to respond to questions regarding applicable rules and process for considering the WFUBMC proposal.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12, starting at 6 p.m. at Ardmore Baptist Church's fellowship hall.