Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the Winston-Salem City Council about items on the agenda at its Jan. 19 meeting. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks. This quiz was administered before the meeting..


1. Name something on the agenda tonight.

2. What is the speed limit recommended by the Department of Transportation for Brachill Boulevard and Chelsea Street?

3. What is the amount per dollar brought in to the city of Winston-Salem as a result of its consulting contract with the Ferguson Group, according to Deputy City Manager Derwick Paige? (10 percent safe harbor)

Derwin Montgomery, East Ward1. There’s a transportation [item] in terms ofspeed limits being changed on the consentagenda. [√]2. Asked to be reduced to 25. Currently, if I’mnot mistaken it’s 35. [√]3. Right offhand I can’t say. [X]Robert Clark, West Ward1. There’s very little. We’re going to vote tochange the meeting in March because [someof us are] going to be in Washington thatmonth for the National League of Citiesmeeting. And we’re going to recognize thevolunteers. [√]2. I would say 25 mph. [√]3. Good gracious. That was $20 million or$12 million. We’ll say $18 million. [X]Dan Besse, Southwest Ward1. Consideration of our city council meetingschedule. [√]2. Twenty-five. That’s fairly typical. You getresidential neighborhoods with a request tolower from 35 to 25. [√]3. The return is about 59 to 1. [√]

Correct Answers

1. Revising the council meeting schedule, recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamers Award recipients and reducing the speed limit on two streets

2. 25 mph

3. $59.95 (The actual amount of $25.8 million is also considered correct)