Dan Besse - Winston-Salem Southwest Ward Council Member


Announcements

September 2014 highlights - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In September, the city council approved a recommended option for Business 40 exits redesign through downtown Winston-Salem.  In October, public voting will begin on the proposed city capital projects bond referendum.

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August 2014 highlights - Sunday, August 31, 2014

In August, the city council voted to send the final proposed package of city capital needs projects to a vote by the public in November. First, here's a reminder about sanitation collection schedule changes for Labor Day week.

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July 2014 highlights - Thursday, July 31, 2014

In July, the city council finished preparing a proposed package of city capital needs projects, and will decide August 4 on whether to send these to a vote by the public in November.

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June 2014 highlights - Monday, June 30, 2014

In June, the city council adopted the final city budget for 2014-15. In other news, important decisions are being made this summer on new transportation projects, new rules on door-to-door solicitations are taking effect, and there are many activities available for kids in our city this summer.

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May 2014 highlights - Sunday, June 1, 2014

In May, the city council approved new rules on door-to-door solicitors, and the city manager released his proposed 2014-15 city budget. First, for Ardmore area residents, there are two street closing alerts.

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April 2014 highlights - Saturday, May 3, 2014
During April, work progressed on a proposed city capital needs bond referendum.  First, though, here's a note regarding some major street work beginning this month.
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March 2014 highlights - Monday, March 31, 2014
March saw important progress toward funding city capital projects needs, plus a successful gun buyback event and other news.
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February 2014 highlights - Friday, February 28, 2014

Cell tower zoning changes were approved, and the process of setting the size and content of a possible public bond referendum was started in February. First, here's an important announcement regarding "bulky item pickup".

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January 2014 highlights - Friday, January 31, 2014

Cell tower regulations, public safety data, and economic revitalization efforts are among the topics in this month's report.

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December 2013 highlights - Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The last month of 2013 saw a major tightening of rules on where electronic sweepstakes businesses (a.k.a., "internet cafes") can be located. read more ...
November 2013 highlights - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Elections, leaves, zoning debates--November was a full month, and at least two hot topics will start discussion before City Council committees in December: read more ...
October 2013 highlights - Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! My report for October includes updates on a number of city transportation projects, plus notes on several events/activities coming up in November. A lot of interest is happening, so this is a long report this month.

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Campaign contributions - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I was asked at an event this evening if there is an online option for contributing to my re-election campaign.  There is.  Here's the link:  http://www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/13844

For those who asked, and others who are interested, thanks for your support!

Dan
 

 
Early voting starts October 17! - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Early voting for the Winston-Salem city general election starts Thursday, October 17. 

Early voting for this election runs October 17 through November 2.  There is one early voting site:  Forsyth County Board of Elections, 201 N. Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem.

Hours for early voting:

Weekdays, Oct. 17 -- Nov. 1:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2 only:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early voting ends at 1 p.m. on November 2. 

Election day is Tuesday, November 5.  On that day, all regular polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please vote!

 
September 2013 highlights - Monday, September 30, 2013
Households in the western part of the city should watch out for discolored water this week due to water line repairs.  And please remember that early voting for the city general election begins October 17.
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Please vote today! - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Winston-Salem's municipal primary elections are today, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  All regular polling places in the city are open the usual hours:  6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Today's voting includes the contested Democratic primary for mayor.  I strongly recommend the re-election of Allen Joines for mayor.  I have worked with Allen for a dozen years now, and can vouch for him as a thoughtful, hard-working public servant who puts the interests of the people of Winston-Salem first.  He is particularly skilled at recruiting beneficial economic development projects to our city, and he works effectively as a unifying figure to bring our entire community together.

If you are registered to vote in Winston-Salem as a Democrat or as unaffiliated, you can vote in today's Democratic mayoral primary.

 
August 2013 highlights - Friday, August 30, 2013

Have a great Labor Day holiday--and remember the sanitation collection schedule changes.

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July 2013 highlights - Friday, August 2, 2013
National Night Out is coming up on Tuesday, August 6.
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June 2013 highlights - Monday, July 1, 2013

The city council in June approved a new budget which reduces spending through efficiencies while maintaining or enhancing city services. (And unlike Congress, our budget is balanced, as always.) First, here's a note on collection changes for Independence Day week.

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May 2013 highlights - Friday, May 31, 2013
The city manager's proposed budget, a new police chief, and decisions on the coliseum and stadium are among the news items for May.  First, a word on road closings in June: read more ...
Travel on city business? - Friday, May 3, 2013
Budgets are tight.  Why spend anything on travel to meetings on city business?  It's simple:  If we don't, then we can't protect our residents' and taxpayers' interests in the policy decisions that affect cities in Congress and our state legislature.  And that means that our taxpayers lose millions of dollars, from service cuts or tax increases.
To do my job as a city council member, I have to go to the job site.  That's usually at city hall or in the neighborhoods I respresent, but sometimes my job site is at a working meeting in another city.  For details of one example, see my report on the March NLC meeting on this page:  http://www.danbesse.org/Issues/CurrentTopic3.aspx.
For pictures of how my work at these meetings is working for the residents of the Southwest Ward, see examples here:  https://www.facebook.com/dan.besse?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=10200588659775402&set=pcb.10200588666455569&type=1&theater
and here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200579772233219.1073741829.1126494468&type=1  
April 2013 highlights - Sunday, April 28, 2013
Police chief finalists, neighborhood street repaving, sidewalk construction, and budget savings are all in the news for April. read more ...
March 2013 highlights - Sunday, March 31, 2013

Advocacy for the interests of Winston-Salem residents at the national and state levels took a lot of my time during March. I've prepared reports on both.

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National League of Cities (NLC) Conference Notes--March 2013 (Washington DC) - Friday, March 29, 2013
During the March 2013 National League of Cities conference in Washington, I and other Winston-Salem representatives concentrated on dealing with federal tax proposals that could have a serious adverse impact on services and tax rates in Winston-Salem. read more ...
Forsyth tax revaluation 2013 - Monday, March 4, 2013
The Forsyth County tax revaluation of 2013 has produced concern in some neighborhoods that it may adversely affect their mortgages and resale opportunities. read more ...
February 2013 highlights - Thursday, February 28, 2013
The newly released tax revaluations have created a major headache for the funding of critical city services.


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January 2013 highlights - Thursday, January 31, 2013

January saw attention to city issues to be reviewed by the upcoming state legislative session.

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December 2012 highlights - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

In December, Winston-Salem landed a major new manufacturing facility. I've included more information on that and other current issues from December. Happy New Year to all of you and your families!

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National League of Cities conference notes - Sunday, December 30, 2012
My notes from the National League of Cities conference Nov. 28--Dec. 1. read more ...
November 2012 highlights - Friday, November 30, 2012

We took action in November on a number of items of interest, including city planning, economic development, greenways, and even chickens. Plus, I've included information on planning for leaf collection.

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NCLM Annual Meeting workshop notes - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Notes from the workshops I participated in on water resources management, the connections between land use decisions and economic development, effective legislative advocacy, and current transportation issues are found here. read more ...
Statewide Judicial Election Recommendations - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I recommend these candidates in the 2012 North Carolina statewide judicial elections:

NC Supreme Court:
Sam J. Ervin IV

NC Court of Appeals:
Linda McGee
Wanda Bryant
Cressie Thigpen

 
October 2012 highlights - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Considering the great issues of the day: disaster aid and recovery, national elections...and front-yard parking? At any rate, here's wishing a safe and fun Halloween to you and your families. read more ...
September 2012 highlights - Monday, October 1, 2012

Are Winston-Salem's guidelines for the use of economic development incentives adequate, or do they need to be strengthened? That was a current topic of debate in September.

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August 2012 highlights - Friday, August 31, 2012

Fall is on the way, to the relief of those of us who like cooler weather. Happy Labor Day to all!

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July 2012 highlights - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The annual National Night Out for neighborhood safety and crime prevention is coming up next week.
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June 2012 highlights - Saturday, June 30, 2012

The FY 2013 city budget maintains core public services, imposes new spending efficiencies, and includes a small tax rate increase.

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May 2012 highlights - Thursday, May 31, 2012
The city manager's proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 has been released, and discussion is underway.
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April 2012 highlights - Monday, April 30, 2012

Veterans' housing, public infrastructure updates, and other news items are in my report this month.

 

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Statement on Voter Photo Identification Requirements - Friday, April 20, 2012
Six members of the Winston-Salem City Council have endorsed a statement opposing voter photo identification requirements.
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March 2012 highlights - Saturday, March 31, 2012
Public safety and budget items top my March report.

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February 2012 highlights - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Neighborhood safety, as well as recycling and trash pickup, lead my report this month.

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