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Council Discusses Parking Restrictions

The Winston-Salem City Council is considering amending its on-street parking ordinance by adding language that gives motorists the right to park on any street that has a width greater than 26 feet. The amendment would give the fire, police, and transportation departments, and 70 percent of affected property owners, the right to petition for a parking restriction.

The item was first introduced at the August 12 Public Works Committee meeting and was brought forward by Councilman Dan Besse at Monday night’s city council meeting. Currently the city code prohibits parking on any street unless they park no more than 12 inches from the curb and leave at least 10 feet width in the roadway for through traffic.

At Monday’s meeting councilman James Taylor Jr. said he wanted to amend the ordinance to include both property owners and renters in the group of people who could petition for parking restrictions.

“I was concerned that if you were a renter and not a property owner, that you wouldn’t be able to have any kind of input about what goes on in your neighborhood,” he said.

Councilwoman Denise Adams said she thought it would be better to hold off on making a decision immediately in order to alert homeowners associations of the change and inform them of their rights.

“We need some input because 40 percent may like it, 60 percent may not, so I think we need to make sure we put it out in the community that this is being considered,” she said.

Councilman Derwin Montgomery said he wanted to take action as soon as possible in order to fix the holes in the city code.

“There are citizens who are today having issues because of the way the ordinance is currently written,” he said.

The council voted to send the amendment back to committee for further discussion.

McCrory vists the Wyndham

Governor Pat McCrory visited his childhood neighborhood last Wednesday for the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

McCrory was in high spirits. He greeted young fans after finishing up at the 18th hole and reminded the crowd that this event was a bit of a homecoming for him.

“I grew up in a house right down from here,” said McCrory. “This was my old neighborhood.”

Sedgefield Country Club was perfectly camera-ready. Colorful bushes in full blood hugged the edges of the traditional Tudor clubhouse, and sturdy old trees lined the emerald green grass of the course.

Tournament director Mark Brazil said that the Wyndham reached an audience of golf lovers from around the world.

“A few years ago, we began promoting and marketing this tournament to the entire Piedmont Triad as a way to promote the Piedmont Triad region as a great place to live, work or relocate a company,” said Brazil. “We want to bring more jobs to our region by using the Wyndham Championship as a vehicle to promote this part of North Carolina.”

McCrory was doing his part to promote the area, engage the kids, and have fun while he played alongside Senator Richard Burr. While speaking with a young fan he reminisced about meeting tournament legends such as Sam Snead.

“When I was your age I was out here getting photographs from all the players just like this,” said McCrory.