October 2017 Highlights

Happy Halloween!  If you drive this evening, please be sure to watch out for children (and sometimes adults) paying more attention to their costumes or candy bags than to traffic.

Leaf collections begin Nov.6:     Fall curbside loose leaf collections are about to begin.  City crews will start collecting leaves on Monday, Nov. 6, in the western quadrant of the city (quadrant 3), north of U.S. 421/Business 40 and west and south of Reynolda and Yadkinville roads.  (This includes the South Fork neighborhoods in the Southwest Ward.)  Collection will proceed clockwise by quadrant and continue until the leaf trucks have made three passes through each neighborhood.

    Citizens can go to www.CityofWS.org/LeafRoutes to track the progress of leaf collection and to enter their address for an estimate of when the leaf trucks will be in their neighborhood.  Once leaf collection begins, estimated collection dates may be revised frequently, based on weather conditions, equipment problems and the volume of leaves placed out for collection.  Residents who do not have access to a computer can call CityLink at 311 and a City Link agent will look up their estimated collection date.

    Please remember these guidelines to help ensure that your leaves are collected:

•   Rake leaves to the edge of the yard, behind the curb, and not in the street.  Please do not block sidewalks!

•   Sticks, rocks, and other debris may damage our equipment. Please, leaves only.

•   Do not park vehicles on, in front of, or near leaves.

•   Do not put leaves on a tarp or over a storm drain.

•   Leaf collection is provided to single-family houses only.  Leaf collection from commercially managed housing complexes is the responsibility of by the property owner or the homeowners’ association.

Center city bike-ped path progressing:     Plans for the proposed cycling/pedestrian path from Lockland Avenue along the route of Business 40 to the Strollway are continuing to progress.  At our October 16 meeting, the city council approved the sale of right-of-way segments along Peters Creek Parkway near the ballpark to the state Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the rebuild of Peters Creek Parkway through that area.  (These are small roadside sections with no buildings.)  The value of those small areas is enough to cover another major piece of the pathway.  When completed, this “Community Connector” will provide the first dedicated east-west cycling and pedestrian pathway through our city center/downtown area, connecting the Wake Forest/Baptist Medical Center complex to the Innovation Quarter research park, and directly serving neighborhoods including Ardmore, Holly Avenue, West End, and West Salem.  It will include two new pedestrian bridges across Business 40, helping to reduce the north-south divide as well.  This is the kind of safe and attractive bike-ped connectivity that I and others are working to create throughout our city.

Business 40 reconstruction has started:     The overhaul of Business 40 through central Winston-Salem started in October with evening lane closures associated with reconstruction of the Peters Creek Parkway interchange.  This phase is expected to last until fall 2018.  Both Peters Creek Parkway and Business 40 will remain open during this phase, although lane closures will create delays. 

Once that interchange work (along with adjacent work including Academy Street and 4th Street) is completed, the main 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, and to check for the latest updates on lane closures, 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


West Suburban Area Plan update underway:     City staff have kicked off work on the West Suburban small area plan update.  The West Suburban area takes in those Southwest Ward neighborhoods north of US 421 and west of Silas Creek Parkway, along with much larger parts of the West and Northwest Wards.  The next scheduled community input session will be held on Tuesday, December 5, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Mount Tabor High School Media Center (342 Petree Road).  Area plans include recommendations for future growth and development that serve as guidance for city decisions about zoning requests, transportation, parks, and other public investments.  Citizen input is key to what we put in these guidelines.  More information on the area planning process is found here:  http://www.cityofws.org/Departments/Planning/Area-Plans

Parks & Open Space Plan public comment opportunities:     Do you have thoughts on the future development of new parks (or the improvement of existing ones) in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County?  Then please take the chance to attend one of the upcoming public input sessions for the update of our Parks & Open Space Plan:

•          Thursday, November 2nd, 6-8 pm at the Triad Park Woodland Hall, 9652 W. Market Street, Kernersville

•          Tuesday, November 7th, 6-8 pm at the Salem Lake Marina Center, 1001 Salem Lake Road, Winston-Salem

•          Monday, November 27th, 6-8 pm at the Southside Library, 3185 Buchanan Street, Winston-Salem

•          Tuesday, November 28th, 6-8 pm at the Lewisville Library, 6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville

•          Wednesday, November 29th, 4-6 pm at the Bethabara Park Visitor Center, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem

     Come by anytime during a session to provide your input and talk with staff.  If you can’t make a meeting, please provide your input by taking the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSFC_ParksandOpenSpace.   

City of Winston-Salem University:     The city is accepting applications for the next class of “City of Winston-Salem University,” to be held for 12 weeks starting Feb. 1, 2018.  CWSU gives citizens a better understanding of city government, including the responsibilities of various city departments and the city’s role in the community.  Classes meet Thursday evenings for three hours.  Topics will include city governance and finance, sanitation, utilities operations, transportation, public safety, planning and economic development, housing and recreation.  Participation is free, but spaces are limited.  Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 29.  The application is posted online at www.CityofWS.org/CWSU and can be printed and mailed in, or filled out and submitted online.

Ardmore Chili Cookoff:   The Ardmore Neighborhood Association is sponsoring its first annual chili cookoff on Saturday, Nov. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Miller Park Rec Center.  Get the details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1571961242862999/

That’s my report for October.  Have a happy Thanksgiving with friends and family, and as always, you are welcome to email me at danbesse@danbesse.org with comments or questions.  Thanks!