Northwest Ward Newsletter


12/5/15 (9:00am-12:00pm)
Reading Workshop (Students K-8th)
W.R. Anderson, Jr. Com. Center

12/5/15 (11:00am)
Santa Visits the Nest
 Cricket's Nest Craft Shop

12/5/15 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
A Bethabara Christmas 
Bethabara Park

12/5/15 (5:00pm)
Annual Jaycee's Holiday Parade 
4th and Poplar Streets Corpening Plaza

12/5/15 (6:30pm)
DWSP Christmas Tree Lighting
4th and Poplar Streets Corpening Plaza

12/6/15 (5:30pm)
W-S Community Band Christmas Concert
Fries Moravian Church 251 N. Hawthorne Rd.

12/7/15 (7:00pm)
City Council Meeting
Committee Room

12/8/15 (6:00pm-7:30pm)
Ogburn Avenue Fire Station Meeting
Carver School Rd. Library

12/9/15 (11:30am)
World Relief Organization (Immigrant/Refugee Resettlement) - First Quarterly Consultation Meeting
545 N. Trade Street

12/11/15 (5:30pm)
Governor's Highway Safety Program "Booze It and Loose It" Kickoff
Fairgrounds Education Bldg.

December, 4th 2015 

Welcome to the second edition of the Northwest Ward Newsletter. As your Councilman, I hope to provide a helpful resource with updates on timely local issues and events. In addition to sharing Winston-Salem articles, updates and pictures, I will also include some helpful links and a schedule of upcoming Council-related events.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on topics of discussion for the newsletter. Send a note with any suggestions to this email. You can add a neighbor's email address or manage your current email subscription through the links at the bottom of this page.

Jeff MacIntosh 
Winston: What You Need to Know
Services Outside the Scope of City Council
Last month in the first Northwest Ward newsletter I discussed what the City Council does. I want to take a minute of your time in this second issue to let you know some of the services outside the scope of City Council and staff.

We have no direct influence over the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. The state of North Carolina pays teachers' salaries, and Forsyth County pays for all facilities, including school buildings, stadiums, buses, etc. .

Although we do maintain a large percentage of the roadways in the city, some are serviced by the state of North Carolina. Business and Interstate 40, Silas Creek Parkway and many other thoroughfare roads are resurfaced and cleaned by NCDOT.  A detailed map of NCDOT maintained streets can be viewed  here.

Forsyth County maintains the Health department, which inspects restaurants and other facilities which prepare and serve food to the public. The city and county jointly are responsible for building inspections and planning and zoning reviews.

The majority of concerns that may arise with domestic and wildlife animals are addressed by Forsyth County Animal Control.  For complaints and investigations, please call 336.703.2490 or for General Administration, please call 336.703.2480.
Although agencies such as Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Bellsouth, AT&T, Windstream, etc are service providers for citizens within the city of Winston-Salem, Council nor staff have domain to enforce their service response.  For concerns with these agencies, please contact them directly.

Town Hall Meeting

In an effort to increase community engagement in local government, I have begun conducting Town Hall meetings. I'm interested in hearing your concerns.

We held the first Northwest Ward Town Hall meeting on November 17th at the Reynolda Manor Public Library and had a standing-room-only crowd. It was mostly a question-and-answer session that lasted for about 90 minutes. From the comments I heard as people were leaving I think they felt like it was a  useful session. We set up several follow-up meetings, and staff followed up on issues that we couldn't answer on the spot. 

We are planning to do this quarterly and will primarily advertise it through our newsletter. If you know of others who would like to receive the newsletter and be invited to future Town Hall meetings, please go to this link scroll to the bottom and they can add their email address.

Neighborhood Watch

Interested in stopping Breaking and Enterings in your area?

We have seen a rise in B&E's in many neighborhoods recently. The problem  is not confined to one location or to one income level. I have held several meetings  (including one at my home) to help neighbors work with the Winston Salem Police Dept to increase their effectiveness solving these crimes. If you are interested in having a neighborhood meeting to set up a Neighborhood Watch program please let me know.

Here is even more information on starting a Neighborhood Watch in your community.

Some basic tips from the Police Department include:
  • Keep high value items locked or hidden in an inconspicuous place. 
  • Do not keep the family jewels in your top dresser drawer.
  • Keep irreplaceable items locked up, preferably off site.
  • If you have an alarm system, use it.
  • Ask neighbors to keep an eye on your house if you are going to be away.
Additional crime prevention tips can be  found   here   and  here.

Most importantly: Call the police non-emergency number (773¬≠-7700) if you see something that  doesn't look right. They want to hear from you even if it doesn't lead directly  to an arrest. Many times sightings by neighbors start to build a case against  thieves. Call 911 if it is an emergency or you aren't sure it is an emergency.

Keeping Neighborhoods Informed

Governor's Highway Safety Program 

The Forsyth County DWI Task Force will host the Governor's Highway Safety Program "Booze It and Loose It" Kickoff inside the Winston-Salem Fairground's Education Building on December 11th at 5:30 p.m.  The program includes WSPD, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, and the Kernersville Police Department.  (Lee Garrity: 747-7380)

Winston-Salem Again Ranked
as a  Top 10 Digital City 

For the 14th year in a row Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the Top 10 most technology-advanced cities of its size in America by the e.Republic Center for Digital Government.
The city's wide-ranging use of digital technology includes a web page that allows citizens to track the progress of bond projects; a mobile application for Utilities that uses GIS for locating infrastructure, receiving service requests, and accessing data in the field; a Transportation mobile application that allows employees to use GIS to grade street surfaces while performing other duties in the field; automatic vehicle locator technology to track the location and operation of all city vehicles; a mobile CityLink 311 application; and NextBus, a mobile application that allows bus riders to determine when the bus will arrive at their stop.

Winston-Salem has ranked in the Top 10 of the center's annual survey every year since 2002, the first year the city participated. This includes a first-place ranking in 2014 and second-place rankings in 2003, 2008 and 2011.

Town & Country Rezoning 
Proposal Meeting  (Case W-3279)

We had a follow up meeting last night at Polo Park Rec Center regarding a proposed rezoning on Reynolda Rd near the Town and Country neighborhood. The large number of people who attended shows how involved T&C is! After the developer described what he intended to build the floor was opened for questions. There were people who supported the project and people who opposed it. 

The project is a "high end" self storage building. As such it will generate very little traffic and very little noise sure is a big building that juts into the neighborhood. I have asked people to contact me with their thoughts.
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