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Volume39,Number32 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, April 4, 2013
Photo by Lay la Ganrn
Parking violation fees could rise.
BY LAYLA GARMS
The City Council is considering a list of recommenda
tions made by the Citizens' Organizational Efficiency
Review Committee (COERC) to increase the efficiency of
city government while tightening purse strings.
The nine member committee based its findings on a
three month review of the city's organization. The recom
mendations would yield an esti
mated $4.7 million in expendi
ture savings and new revenues.
"As we understand, the budg
et outlook for FY 2013-2014
could be bleak. With foresight of
this situation, the City Council
created the Citizens'
Review Committee to develop
options that could help close
future budget gaps," COERC
Chairman Glenn Orr wrote in a
letter to City Manager Lee
Garrity, Mayor Allen Joines and
members of the City Council."...
The recommendations put for
ward in the report that follows are
absent political considerations
and are the result of the
Committee's careful considera
tion of the programs and services
offered by the city, their budget
ary impact, the efficiency of these
services, the Committee's view
of their relative importance to the
community, and the potential
impact on the community should
the programs and services be
altered or eliminated."
Recommendations ran the gamut, from increasing fees
for city inspections, cemetery plots and business privilege
licenses, to reducing services such as backyard garbage
collection and doing away with the city's annual bulky
"They're very comprehensive. They've developed
some recommendations that do address some city ineffi
ciencies but also some things that would involve adjusting
our user fees, particularly those that have not been
increased in a number of years ... but also the level of
service that the city provides," said Ben Rowe, director of
the city's Budget and Evaluation department. "...I think
that that could potentially be helpful in our efforts to bal
ance the budget in the coming year."
Some recommendations, such as the committee's sug
gestion to eliminate the city's response to non-emergency
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more about the
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New superintendent brings some baggage
Questions raised about Emory's Pitt County tenure
BY LAYLA GARMS
By the time Dr. Beverly Emory
takes office as Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools' new
superintendent in July, she will likely
already be well acquainted with sev
eral members of the local communi
ty, including former NAACP Chapter
President Stephen Hairston.
Hairston has been Vocal in his
opposition to the Board of
Education's decision not to publicize
the names of finalists for the superin
"The city was transparent when
they were trying to get the next police
chief," Hairston pointed out. "...But
the school board for some reason
seems to think that they can't trust
Last week, Hairston, a retired
police sergeant, voiced further con
cerns about Emory, who currently
serves as superintendent of Pitt
County Schools, after learning about
her home county's legal woes.
"She brings a lot of baggage with
her," Hairston said. "...If we had
known who the finalists were, these
are some of the concerns that I
would've brought up, that anybody
else could've brought up."
Since 1971, Pin County and its
county-seat. Greenville, have been
under a desegregation order mandat
See Emory on A7
Ronald Travis (left) poses with incoming Superintendent Dr. Beverly
Emory and Board of Education member Victor "Vic" Johnson.
Agencies: Despite progress,
defeating homelessness still a struggle
Volunteers serve clients at the Samaritan Soup
Kitchen in 2010.
BY TODD LUCK
Local agencies that help the homeless are celebrating
recent reports that show homelessness is down, while
hoping that the community will still
continue to support their efforts.
The Point-in-Time Count on
January 30 found 82 chronically
homeless individuals this year com
pared to 194 in 2005, which is a 58
percent drop. Chronic homeless
ness refers to someone with long
term or repeated homelessness with I
a disabling condition. The Point-in
Time Count tallies the number of ?
sheltered and unsheltered homeless
oeoDle on one nieht a vear. The
count, along with information from the Carolina
Homeless Information Network, found a 40 percent
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Setting the Scene
WFU alum is major movie player
BY LAYLA GARMS
Wake Forest University alum
nus Curt Beech returned to his
alma mater earlier this week to talk
with current students about his
career as a feature film art director.
Beech, a member of the univer
sity's Class of 1994, served as
guest speaker for the opening day
of the school's sixth annual
Reynolda Film Festival.
Beech, whose film credits
include the Academy Award win
ning productions "Lincoln" and
"The Help," addressed the audi
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