City Edition July 2017

Collection Changes for Independence Day Holiday
Winston-Salem Motorcycle Officers to Offer Additional Motorcycle Skills Training Sessions
City Strategic Plan Available for Review
Fire Department Accepting Applications for Citizen Fire Academy
Cedar Trail Greenway Connector Open

Collection Changes for Independence Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, to observe the Independence Day holiday. 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.

All garbage collections for the week of July 4 will be postponed one day: Tuesday on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, etc. Friday garbage collections will be made on Monday, July 10. Recycling collections for Tuesday through Friday will be postponed one day. Yard-waste carts will be collected as usual on Monday, July 3. Tuesday through Thursday yard-waste collections will be postponed one day. For more information call CityLink 311.

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City Strategic Plan Available for Review

Copies of the city’s updated strategic plan -- the “road map” that will guide city initiatives for the coming four years, are available for citizens to review at all city recreation centers and all branches of the Forsyth County Public Library within the city limits. The City Council adopted the strategic plan for the years 2017-2021 in May. It reaffirmed six focus areas for city government that were identified in the previous strategic plan adopted in 2013. Under each focus area the plan identifies objectives, as well as short-term and mid-term priorities. READ MORE

2017-2021 Strategic Plan cover 

Winston-Salem Motorcycle Officers to Offer Additional Motorcycle Skills Training Sessions

Police officers assigned to the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit have extended their free monthly motorcycle rider skills training sessions through November as part of the BikeSafe NC initiative to improve motorcycle safety.

Additional Rider Skills Days in Winston-Salem are scheduled for July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17. These classes are free and open to anyone with a valid motorcycle endorsement (or permit) and street legal motorcycle. READ MORE

Cedar Trail Greenway Connector Open

City officials cut the ribbon June 30 to officially open a new greenway connector linking Muddy Creek Greenway with Cedar Trail in the New Sherwood Forest neighborhood. The half-mile connector includes a pedestrian bridge over Muddy Creek.

Ribbon cutting at Cedar Trail Greenway Connector 

Fire Department Accepting Applications for Citizen Fire Academy

The Winston-Salem Fire Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Fire Academy, to be held Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 7 – Sept. 25. Participants will learn about fire department operations and receive hands-on experience in fire and life safety, including an opportunity to ride along on emergency calls. Topics will include proper use of fire extinguishers, eliminating fire hazards in the home, hands-only CPR training, stovetop fire suppression technology and more.

The Citizen Fire Academy is free and is open to residents 18 and older. Participants will be selected through an application process and must commit to attending all seven class meetings. Class size is limited. Applications must be received by July 21. Apply online at For more information call 336-773-7965 or send an e-mail to

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Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks

City Edition 2017 

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

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Allen Joines

City Council
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
John C. Larson
Jeff MacIntosh
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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