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ROAD PROJECTS IN FORSYTH DELAYED

Two road projects that will create detours for drivers in Forsyth County have been put off from until later in the month.

The interchange between Business 40 and Macy Grove Road was scheduled to open a couple of weeks ago, but progress was slowed when signs could not be installed. The interchange is part of a $40 million project that will improve Macy Grove Road between Industrial Park Drive and Old Greensboro Road. The goal of the project is reduce congestion in downtown Kernersville, which results from the fact that there is no direct link between NC 150 and Business 40 that bypasses the center of town. The project has been in the works since 2008.

Work on Ogden School Road has also been pushed to December 29, where a new bridge will be built over Abbotts Creek. This will close the intersection with Ogden School Road and Teague Lane and force drivers to use a detour route that uses NC 66, Watkins Ford Road and Teague Lane to bypass the area. The bridge being replaced was built in 1958 and is one of more than 5,000 bridges in the state deemed functionally obsolete. All told, it will cost roughly $16 billion to replace all of these bridges.

HAYWORTH JOINS DGI

Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) named Cyndy Hayworth as its new Director of Operations this past week.

Hayworth, who is currently the President/CEO of Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, will be charged with managing ongoing projects and operations supporting DGIs’ strategic priorities rooted in business and economic development of the center city.

“We are excited to welcome Cyndy to DGI. Her past experience is exemplary and we look forward to her leadership in driving DGI’s priorities,” said Jason Cannon, President & CEO. “With this addition to the DGI team, it further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our organization and our constituents.”

“DGI is very excited to have an experienced professional such as Ms. Hayworth with a proven track record to contribute to the success of Downtown Greensboro Inc.” said Gary Brame, 2015 Chair, DGI Board of Directors. “With Ms. Hayworth’s great contacts and relationships already established in the center city, we look forward to her coming on board.”

WINSTON-SALEM LOOKS AT REMOTE MEETINGS

The Winston-Salem city council is exploring an alternative method of holding meetings in the event that a council member cannot be present.

In preparation for the 2015 session of the North Carolina General Assembly, the council approved a short list of local issues that they will be advocating for in the coming year. They include expanding the use of parking meters to cash and credit cards, restoring the historic preservation and film tax credits and allowing absent council members to participate in council meetings through the use of technology.

The council approved the resolution by a vote of seven to one, with councilman Robert Clark dissenting. He expressed skepticism about council members being part of meetings in ways that are not face-to-face.

“I have always had concerns about the ability to attend meetings via video versus in-person,” he said. “I think there is something to be said for being here in-person where we can interact.”

When Clark asked whether remote participation was common in any elected bodies between Washington DC and Raleigh City attorney Angela Carmon replied that there were some on the east coast that had embraced the idea.

“The whole purpose of this would be to allow council members who may not be able to attend, maybe they’re not feeling well enough to come down, and participate remotely through electronic means or Skype or something like that they can be heard and seen during the course of that meeting,” she said. “And voting would occur where the person can be also seen and heard in terms of voting and the public could be seen and heard as well.”

The vote gives the council the authority to enact a law allowing the practice in the future, although they will need to determine more specific criteria.

The proposal would only apply to official meetings. !

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