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Citizens, council continue debating PD zoning district With a second public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, questions about a proposed zoning district seem as abundant as answers by PATTI STOKES SUMMERFIELD – When Summerfield Town Council decided to hold a Question and Answer session on Feb. 9, it hoped to clear up misinformation and address citizen concerns surrounding a proposed text amendment that

would add a Planned Development zoning district to the town’s development ordinance. The Q&A session followed the Planning and Zoning Board’s Jan. 23 public hearing, at which 48 citizens spoke almost equally for and against

the proposed PD district. It was held in Summerfield First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center in order to accommodate the anticipated crowd – and a good thing, as more than 300 people attended. Although many drifted home a few hours after the session began at 6:30 p.m., about 40 people remained when the last question was answered shortly before 11 p.m.

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Sometime this spring, North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold design public hearings for all sections of the U.S. 158 $110 million improvements project in Forsyth and Guilford counties. Section C of the project includes a 6.5 mile-long stretch that begins at Anthony Road in Stokesdale and ends at U.S. 220; it entails a four-lane, median-divided bypass around Stokesdale. See details on p. 5

Committee continues ordinance review process Larger minimum lot sizes, what constitutes a nuisance, and dumpster screening regulations are topics being discussed by Stokesdale’s Ordinance Review Committee by STEVE MANN STOKESDALE – An ordinance like Summerfield’s, which requires developments to have an average lot density of 60,000 square feet, could take some of the pressure off Stokesdale to expand its water system, according to a member of the Ordinance Review Committee.

In unfinished business during its Jan. 17 meeting at Stokesdale Town Hall, the committee continued its discussion about lot size regulations that would ensure adequate groundwater supplies for wells. Robert Wurz, who chairs the committee, said his research of Summerfield development ordinance 4-2.1B didn’t reveal anything specifically covering lot sizes for well recharge. But during the Dec. 13 meeting of the Summerfield Town Council, an excerpt from an email sent in 2005 to former Summerfield Mayor Bill Peterson spelled that out. “The 60,000-square-foot average lot size requirement for lower density was

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There are two schools of thought. Do we try to plumb the whole town with water, or do we allow for part of the town – whoever is developing – to choose to put in a 60,000-square-foot requirement that would allow for that recharge?” Councilman Tim Jones


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designed to preserve Summerfield’s groundwater reserves,” according to an article in the Northwest Observer. That 1.38-acre regulation is a point of contention in Summerfield’s discussion of a proposed Planned Development zoning district, as the restriction currently prohibits builders from offering higher-density housing. Tim Jones, who is a Stokesdale Town Council member, said he thinks a similar lot size requirement in Stokesdale would take away some of the pressure to extend waterlines into all corners of the town, adding he’s not convinced that adding more waterlines is cheaper for the water system. “There are two schools of thought. Do we try to plumb the whole town with water, or do we allow for part of the town – whoever is developing – to choose to put in a 60,000-square-foot requirement that would allow for that recharge?” Jones asked. Joe Thacker asked whether Jones’ proposal was to prevent more lines from being run or to see if a waterline is already available. “I wasn’t suggesting that we would require folks that were developing land hooked to our water system have to

utilize a 60,000-square-foot minimum,” Jones responded. “I wasn’t suggesting changing that. Certainly, if someone wants to go up in the lot size, they can certainly do that. We’re talking about minimums. “I don’t want anybody to ever run out of water. ... We talk a lot about water, making sure people have enough water. Well, there’s more than one way to have enough water. We can make sure they have enough public water or we can make sure they have enough groundwater.” The committee will continue the discussion at its Feb. 28 meeting.

NUISANCE ORDINANCES In previous meetings, the Ordinance Review Committee had reviewed nuisance ordinances from other municipalities to compile a list of possible issues to be discussed. The committee also wanted to see what is covered by Guilford County and what Stokesdale already has approved. During the January meeting, the committee reviewed Stokesdale’s Ordinance No. 59 that deals with annoying and disturbing noises. The members determined the ordinance, adopted June 16, 2005, was comprehensive in its coverage, penalties and enforcement, and voted unanimously to leave it as written. It also voted unanimously to leave Ordinance No. 55, which cov-

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ers loitering for the purpose of engaging in drug activity, as written. Wurz said he didn’t find any specific ordinances covering the other issues on the committee’s list: firearms/air rifle discharge, alcohol consumption on public property, begging and solicitation, or public safety. Patrick Sullivan, who attended the meeting as a citizen and chairman of the town’s Planning Board, suggested the committee think about a firearms ordinance. “There are children out, there are pets out, there are houses in places they’ve never been before,” Sullivan said. “I think there’s a risk to public safety if we don’t consider some type of ordinance about how close to a residence you can discharge firearms.” After it was noted that there is a state law about the discharge of firearms, the committee decided to explore current laws and ordinances before tackling one for Stokesdale. It also will look at ordinances from other

municipalities covering begging and solicitation.

DUMPSTER ORDINANCE The committee also made a change to Section 6-7 of the development ordinance covering dumpster screening regulations, voting 7-0 to eliminate the sentence prohibiting chain-link fencing with woven slats of opaque material. At its meeting in December, the committee had also discussed adding language that the new requirements were not retroactive. But since state law says ordinances can’t be enforced retroactively unless they involve safety or public health, that addition was not made. The ordinance will be sent back to the Planning Board.

want to go? Stokesdale Ordinance Committee will meet again Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m. at Stokesdale Town Hall, 8325 Angel Pardue Road.

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Food Lion is undergoing some interior remodeling, but we confirmed the equipment was not related to that project. The person we spoke with at NCDOT, which had recently completed shoulder restructuring along N.C. 68, could not tell us if the equipment belonged to the department. A spokesperson with Combs, Inc., which owns the shopping center, did not know why the vehicles were parked there but confirmed the equipment was gone as of Feb. 7. The spokesperson also confirmed there is no planned exterior construction at the shopping center; she said the equipment was either left there after the parking lot was cleared from the snow in January, or it was equipment that NCDOT temporarily parked there.

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No one knows for sure why heavy equipment was parked in the King’s Crossing shopping center on N.C. 68 in Stokesdale, or who it belonged to, but a spokesperson for Combs Inc., which owns the shopping center, confirmed there is currently no planned exterior construction at the center.

So sorry, in spite of what one of our readers had hoped, there are no plans for a Starbucks or any other new store or restaurant at the shopping center – at least not in the near future.

What’s happening on N.C. 68, between the Old Mill and Fogleman Road in Oak Ridge? There’s been a lot of grading. Is someone planning to build at that location soon? That tract of land was recently purchased by The Summit Church and is the future building site for its Oak Ridge campus, which currently meets at Oak Ridge Elementary School.

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U.S. 158 bypass alternatives update STOKESDALE – Sometime this spring, North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold design public hearings for all sections of the U.S. 158 improvements project in Forsyth and Guilford counties. The $110 million U.S. 158 Improvements project will widen 18.8 miles of U.S. 158 to multiple lanes from U.S. 421/Business 40 in Winston-Salem to U.S. 220 in Guilford County. NCDOT reports the route has a high percentage of truck traffic and a high crash rate. Currently, as many as 23,000 vehicles travel on this section of the highway each day; that number is projected to increase to as many as 57,000 vehicles per day in 2035, far more than the road was designed to accommodate. The improvements project is divided into Sections A, B and C – Section C is 6.5 miles long and begins at Anthony Road in Stokesdale and ends at U.S. 220. It entails a four-lane, median-divided bypass around Stokesdale, since NCDOT cannot widen U.S. 158 through the town without it having a significant impact on

the historic central business district. What began as four U.S. 158 Bypass route alternatives in Stokesdale was culled down to two routes in 2015. The two routes still under study and consideration for construction are: Bypass Alternative 2, south of existing U.S. 158 in Stokesdale, and Bypass Alternative 3, north of existing U.S 158 in Stokesdale. The alternate routes will be displayed during public hearings held in Stokesdale and Walkertown. “It is hard for communities to remember, but U.S. 158 originates in Winston-Salem and runs all the way to Nags Head,” Karen Reynolds, an NCDOT project engineer said in a phone conversation last month. “Just this piece of it is my project, which includes Belews Creek, Walkertown and Stokesdale; we are improving it as a regional corridor … we can’t have a bottleneck in Stokesdale and leave it as a two-lane highway.” Look for announcements about a public hearing date/time for Stokesdale’s two alternate U.S. 158 bypass routes in future issues.

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 Mayor Randy Braswell called the monthly meeting to order and gave the invocation. Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones and council members Frank Bruno, Tim Jones and Vicki White-Lawrence, Town Administrator/Finance Officer Kim Hemric, Deputy Clerk Diana Marcus and Town Attorney Katy Gregg were present. The agenda was unanimously adopted as written. Minutes for monthly council meetings on July 14, 2016, Sept. 8, 2016 and Jan. 12, 2017 were unanimously approved, as were minutes from weekly council meetings on Jan. 4, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25.

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general fund this fiscal year to date totals $84,609.89 and expenses total $143,936.21. A CD valued at $257,626.24 was reinvested at a higher rate. Rec Association Honored. Stokesdale Parks and Recreation was recognized for being named N.C. Youth Soccer Association’s 2017 Recreation Association of the Year on Jan. 29. Representing the organization were Scott Hoffmann, executive director of the soccer program; Jayson Baynes, director of coaching for the soccer program and president of SPAR; and Brad Suggs, an assistant director of the soccer program. Extending School Zone. To bring the Stokesdale Elementary School Zone up to current Department of Transportation standards, the council first voted 5-0 to repeal a 25 mph speed limit on U.S. 158 from N.C. 68 eastward to a location 0.4 miles west of Angel Pardue Road, in effect from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after school begins and ends on school days. It then voted 5-0 to enact a 25 mph speed limit on U.S. 158 between a location 0.07 miles west of N.C. 68 and a point 0.04 miles west of Angel Pardue Road, in effect from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after school begins and ends on school days. New signs have

Addition to Vendor’s List. WhiteLawrence motioned to add Kennerly Engineering & Design Inc. of WinstonSalem to Stokesdale’s vendor list. Nikole Kennerly, company president, said her firm’s 20 years of varied engineering experience would help the town navigate through its engineering needs. To Tim Jones’ question about whether the firm works for any small municipalities with their own water systems, Kennerly said no, but the firm had previously been the on-call engineer for several small towns in the state.


to add Kennerly Engineering to the town vendor list. Adviser/Consultant for Water System. Saying he believes the town needs the expertise of an adviser/consultant to explore Stokesdale’s options regarding a proposed regional water authority with Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Guilford County, Tim Jones presented a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for engineering services that he had patterned after one used by Wrightsville Beach. Saying he agreed with the idea and the town should act quickly, Braswell said he had spoken with two firms recommended by an N.C. Rural Water Association official and considered those recommendations to be “prequalifying.” A third firm on someone else’s recom-


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During discussion of a deadline for the RFQs to be returned, Braswell asked whether the council could hire a firm before the deadline expired if it found one it liked. Town Attorney Katy Gregg said no, explaining it could open the town up to liability if another company said they replied within the town’s deadline but weren’t considered. Bruno suggested not having a deadline, and Braswell responded, “If one of these two works from the Rural Water Association, I would want them here as soon as possible. And government doesn’t work as soon as possible, does it?” But Tim Jones encouraged the council to follow a formal process. “We’re hinging a lot if we go the informal process,” he said. “Water authority or not, this is probably the biggest decision Stokesdale will have made up to this date.” The council agreed to continue the discussion to Feb. 15 and to have Gregg review the document drawn up by Jones. Interim Water System Director. Tim Jones also had written a two-page memo proposing the town hire an interim water system director since Deputy Clerk Sandra Murrell had tendered her resignation effective Feb. 16. Murrell, who was hired as a temporary employee Feb. 9, 2016, averaged about 28 hours a week and primarily handled billing for the town’s water system. Jones said the ideal candidate in his proposal might be someone semi-retired with 20-30 years of experience, along the lines of Budget Officer Philip Pulliam.

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mendation had been contacted but not yet responded. Braswell then asked Kennerly of Kennerly Engineering if her firm would be interested and she said yes.


 But the discussion quickly got sidetracked after Braswell jumped on the second paragraph in Jones’ proposal, which read: “Mayor Randy in particular deserves our thanks for investing his own personal time with our Water Sys-

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tem. However, with Randy leaving our Board in December, I would like for the Council to consider the potential gap this may leave behind. This will occur in just 8 more Town meetings so this is the time to make a plan.” Braswell, whose term as mayor expires this year, said he won’t run for reelection but didn’t plan on announcing it until closer to the filing deadline. He then said he thought it would be best for the town to hire a part-time employee to replace Murrell and Bill Jones agreed. “What you thought you would need two weeks ago all of a sudden changed,” Bill Jones said. “I think if you’re going to replace that position, what you’re looking at is a deputy clerk who can fill in and do the water until we find out what we are actually going to need (with the water system).” The council agreed to continue the discussion to the Feb. 15 weekly meeting and base the job description on one previously used to hire the deputy clerks.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS WATER SYSTEM Public Comments. Mahalia McGee of Shilling Street asked why Stokesdale got involved in discussions about a regional water authority when it has a water system that works. “I think there are a lot of citizens out here that wonder what’s going on,” she said. Braswell said the only reason that he and Bill Jones went to the water authority meetings “was to find a better water rate for Stokesdale. End of story.” The council needs to bring the water rate down, as well as the availability fee, which is $30.50 a month, he noted, adding there were “other things going on that I’m not ready to disclose yet.” Stokesdale is “hot for development” and will require a lot of water, but the only water coming to the town is through a 12-inch pipe from WinstonSalem, he continued “Are you going to stay with just one

lifeline, one artery to Winston-Salem?” he asked.

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Closed Session Minutes. In unfinished business from the Jan. 12 meeting, the council discussed a resolution establishing a policy for approving and opening closed session meeting minutes. Since the budget season is coming up, Braswell asked if Gregg could estimate her cost of reviewing the closed meeting minutes after Hemric’s inventory of them is complete. Gregg said she has no idea how many closed session meeting minutes there are or how much time it will take to review them.

Property. Bruno encouraged citizens to suggest town park projects for Make-aDifference Day on May 6.

“The statute requires that it’s to be done and it’s not been complied with in 20-some years,” she said. “My legal advice, given to the entire town council this time, is that it would not be wise to continue to not have this done. … You all have my billable rate by the hour and it has to be done. So you either come into compliance with the statute, or you don’t.”

Hemric said she had completed a webinar on a program that parallels the town’s billing software and would offer such benefits as a telephone portal and an online portal that are active 24 hours a day for residents to pay their water bills. Also, she is developing a Citizen’s Academy to educate the public on how government works and hopes to unveil it May 6 on Make-a-Difference Day.

White-Lawrence said she had been working on indexing regular council meeting minutes, but would switch to closed meeting minutes to help speed up the process.


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Drop Box for Water Payments. In unfinished business from the Jan. 25 weekly meeting, Bill Jones said he would email council members a link to a website with drop boxes to consider. The council had previously voted to research drop boxes as another option for the town’s water system customers to pay their bills and possibly save the town some money. Bill Jones said both examples would be under the $500 limit the council had approved.


to continue the discussion to another meeting.

COMMITTEE/DEPARTMENT REPORTS Public Safety/Water. Chairman Thearon Hooks continues work on developing a Community Watch Program and will contact the person with Guilford County

Parade Committee. White-Lawrence said the committee held a wrap-up meeting in mid-January and discussed the 2017 parade. Departmental/Administrative Report. Hemric praised Murrell’s work as deputy clerk and said Murrell’s resignation was on good terms. Water bills will be sent out Feb. 17.

Feb. 9 was Hemric’s one-year employment anniversary with the town and she offered a list of her accomplishments. She reminded the council that she had been hired as town clerk and was promoted to town administrator/ finance officer in August.


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 Tim Jones thanked Hemric for her year’s service, thanked Braswell for his time on the water system and said he is concerned the town “isn’t advertising, soliciting, looking for the individual that has the expertise and the experience we need for our water system to help alleviate some of the pressures on the rest of our town staff and town council.”

 Braswell thanked Bill Jones for his efforts with the sales tax distribution and said he would continue to help with those efforts after leaving the council. He also praised Stokesdale Parks and Recreation volunteers, and thanked Hemric and Murrell for their service. He then shared an email he had received about a study from SmartAsset, a financial technology company, which ranked Stokesdale the most affordable place to live in North Carolina. The study looked at average closing costs, annual property tax, annual homeowner’s insurance, average annual mortgage payment and median income.

 Bruno chided the judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for deciding to “make law instead of enforcing law,” referring to the court’s decision on President Trump’s immigration executive order. He said the judges could benefit from the remaining “We the People” classes to be held Feb. 28 and March 7 in Town Hall from 7-9 p.m.  Bill Jones said he wants to find a volunteer with computer skills willing to help him set up a website that municipalities all over the state can use in their efforts to get their share of sales tax distributions. Once the website is established, he said a link will be added

In closing, the mayor said his oldest son Jonathan and his wife are expecting a daughter in June.  White-Lawrence commended Hemric for working on a Citizen’s Academy, saying she had participated in the Guilford County program and found it worthwhile. The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

She said she had responded to more than 3,600 emails, which did not include spam, N.C. 811 requests or about 95 percent of emails about the water system; received and followed up on 1,040 phone calls; processed about 2,080 documents, not including public requests for information or special projects; submitted 27 state or municipal administrative reports; attended the Clerk’s Academy, a local government finance officers’ seminar, and a technology and digital summit for municipalities; attended 12 regular town council meetings, about 26 Wednesday meetings, 10 staff meetings, six budget meetings and two Planning Board meetings; and had more than 600 face-to-face interactions with citizens. She said she was in complete support of replacing Murrell.

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L & T Small Engine gives historic Oak Ridge property a facelift As you approach the intersection of Oak Ridge Road and Linville Road in Oak Ridge’s commercial core, you’ll probably notice a long-standing site that many had considered an eyesore now has a new occupant – and a muchneeded facelift. Neighbors and friends for nine years, Oak Ridge residents Tom Wright and Rick Lamb have bonded through their military service – Wright was in the Navy, Lamb in the Army – and their love of “tinkering” with small engines. In October 2015, after working together to repair Tom’s lawnmower, the two enjoyed the work so much that they decided to run an advertisement in the Northwest Observer for lawnmower repair services. A year and a half later, they were receiving so many service requests for all types of small engine repairs that they decided to expand their business in the community they love. Setting their sights on the historic property at 2103 Oak Ridge Road, their

research revealed the structure was built in 1951 and first served as a Shell gas station. After the gas station closed the building was leased to various auto mechanics; most recently, cars waiting to be repaired, some on cinder blocks, filled the front parking lot and the building fell further into neglect. Wright and Lamb decided to refurbish the building, which is in Oak Ridge’s historic district, and reflect the colors of the original Shell station with an exterior repaint and sign addition that use the vintage white, black and red color scheme. While working with Oak Ridge’s Historic Preservation Commission, building owner Billy Newman and Oak Ridge Planning Director Bill Bruce, Wright and Lamb began cleaning and restoring the building in September. The previous tenants had left the building “a disaster,” Wright said. “It was absolutely disgusting. It literally took us a full month just to clean it out and scrub the walls and floors.”

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L & T Small Engine Service has restored the original Shell station building near the intersection of Linville Road and N.C. 150 in Oak Ridge.

The building also housed a garage bay that had to be cleaned out, with massive amounts of left-behind oil and trash that required removal. Once it had been thoroughly cleaned out, the partners covered the bay with flooring, repaired a non-functioning bathroom and created an office area. HPC chair Ann Schneider said the commission appreciates the new tenants for their historical research and their

prompt submission of a Certificate of Appropriateness application to meet the design guidelines of the historic district. L & T Small Engine Service opened for business in their new location Dec. 1; a grand opening ceremony is planned for March 4, which will include a ribboncutting ceremony, free hot dogs and drinks. For more info, visit their website at



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BITS & PIECES  The Northwest Guilford High School 1966-67 men’s varsity basketball team, the only team to win a state basketball championship in the school’s history, was honored at a halftime ceremony during the school’s men’s varsity basketball game on Feb. 10. All of the original team members except two (one of whom is deceased) were able to attend the game and ceremony, along with the team’s head coach, Roger Nelson (fifth from right), and assistant coach, Sandy Gann (fifth from left). Photos by Patti Stokes/NWO

 Roger Nelson, head coach of NWHS’s 1966-67 men’s varsity basketball state championship team, enjoys talking with old friends and former students on Feb. 10 after a halftime ceremony was held to honor the championship team.


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role of captain once again this season as the Nighthawks entered the week with a 22-1 record, winning the MidState 3A regular season championship.

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NORTHERN GUILFORD Kelly Lomax, girls basketball by MARC PRUITT Kelly Lomax got an early indoctrination into the girls’ basketball program at Northern Guilford.

She was named a team captain halfway through her sophomore season and was a team captain last season as a junior when Northern made its late-season charge to the NCHSAA 3-A championship game before losing in the final. Lomax finds herself in the familiar

“Everyone looks up to you as the captain, so it’s important to set a good example,” Lomax said. “We make sure we’re always on time, we’re prepared, and on our ‘A’ game all the time.” Part of Lomax’s senior season was derailed after she suffered a concussion against Eastern Guilford on Jan. 27. She missed the last four games of the regular season, but hopes to be back on the court this week. “It’s frustrating having to watch games now,” she said. “It’s not how I wanted to spend my senior year. I see everyone out there having fun and I don’t want to be on the bench.” Of the Nighthawks making another postseason run, Lomax said, “Having a taste of what it is like has really motivated us to make it back. We really want to be there again, and we know what it

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A senior captain and varsity team member for all four years of high school, her roots in the school’s program took hold long before ninth grade. “I was the water girl for the team when I was in fifth grade,” Lomax said. “I met Sami (Furlough, one of Lomax’s teammates and the daughter of the team’s coach, Kim) at school and we became pretty good friends. She asked me if I wanted to help, so we helped out at practices and I’d go to all the home games. I used to go to the ‘Lady Nighthawk’ camp when I was in middle school and all the varsity players were our coaches, so I’ve been around the program for a few years.” Lomax called her freshman season “a season of adjustment” as she got acclimated to the varsity level of play.


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takes to get there. We’ll probably be a higher seed, so everybody’s going to be coming for us.” Lomax is in National Honor Society and Beta Club, serves as president of Northern Going Global, and will participate in Reading Buddies at Northern Elementary when basketball season wraps up. She hopes to attend N.C. State next year.

NORTHERN GUILFORD Zoe Foster, theatre by JONATHAN WILLIAMS Northern junior Zoe Foster knows the power of theater, where we are invited to explore both real and imaginative people and places from the past, present and future. “Theatre is what makes me genuinely happy,” Foster said. “There was a period where life was rough, but drama allowed me to have the most fun I’ve ever had.” Foster made her debut in theater as a behind-the-scenes stage manager. While transitioning into acting, she admits to getting nervous when handed a script and told to have it memorized only days before the show opened. The nerves have subsided over time, however, and as Foster has focused on developing her passion for singing and acting, she has enjoyed being a part of her high school’s productions of “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Seussical the Musical.” She is also involved in Stagelights, a Greensboro youth theatre program. “Zoe Foster is a first-year theatre student and a talented singer,” drama teacher Anna Smith said. “She always comes to class positive and is willing to

help me in any way possible.” Foster looks forward to enchanting audiences with a “tale as old as time” this May, when she will be playing the character of Mrs. Potts in Northern’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” She hopes to someday move to New York and experience all the city has to offer with Broadway, and is also considering becoming a music teacher and perhaps a college vocal music professor. Regardless of where she ends up, Foster sees musical and community theatre as always being a part of her life.

On a side note… Toughest Class: American History Favorite musical: “Shrek the Musical” Favorite show: “Shameless” Extracurricular activities: Honors choir, community theatre

NORTHWEST GUILFORD Justin Fuchs, indoor track by MARC PRUITT Justin Fuchs gave up lob shots, crosscourt winners, and aces for jumping and sprinting. A sophomore, Fuchs completed his first season of indoor track last weekend at the NCHSAA 4-A state indoor meet in what he called “disappointing fashion” – he placed 18th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 8 ½ inches and ninth in the triple jump (43 feet, 1 ½ inches). “My legs were sore and it just wasn’t my best effort,” Fuchs said. “Maybe I’d been practicing too much leading up to

it. I was expecting to get a Top 3 in the triple. It just wasn’t my day.” But just as with his jumping, he has the potential to go a long way in his track and field endeavors. Fuchs, who also ran a leg on the 4x200 relay team during indoor season, qualified for the USATF Hershey Youth Indoor National Championship meet in Staten Island, New York, beginning on March 12. “I qualified in the triple jump and I’m looking forward to seeing how I compete against some of the top athletes in the country,” he said. Fuchs ran track in middle school but had not competed in any of the jumping events until last spring, during the outdoor track season. He participated in his first triple jump about 10 minutes before the event began at a meet. “Coach (Marla) Lindsay came up to me and told me she needed me for the triple jump,” Fuchs recalled. “So, they started showing me how to do it a few minutes before my first attempt. I jumped about 43 feet the first time, but it was a scratch because I was over one of the boards. But I liked it enough that I’ve kept with it since.” Fuchs left behind his budding tennis career, a sport he had been playing since he was 6. “I guess I just got bored with it and wasn’t getting anything out of it like I used to,” he said. “I attended a tennis academy in Miami one summer when I was 13, but got home and realized I didn’t love it as much as the other people who were there. That’s when I decided to try something new. I love track because of personal records, and that I’m competing against other people and with myself. I never really got that from playing tennis.”

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Forst helps Northern Guilford to third place in NCHSAA 3-A state championship Freshman Preston Forst won the 200-yard freestyle and swam a leg on the winning 200-yard medley relay team to help the Northern Guilford boys finish third in the NCHSAA 3-A state championship swim meet last Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center. Jeremy Lalumondier, Jonathan Wachendorfer and Bryan Hill teamed with Forst on the 200 medley relay team, which finished in 1 minute, 35.51 seconds. Forst also swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay that finished in second place and picked up a fourthplace finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Sophomore Gareth Williams finished third in 1-meter diving as Northern finished with 191.5 points, well behind state champion Marvin Ridge (328.5) and runner-up Chapel Hill (297). The Northern girls finished in seventh place with 138 points behind a strong showing from Caroline Daly. Daly finished fourth in the 100 freestyle and swam on two relay teams that both finished in fifth place, the 200 med-

ley relay and the 200 free relay. Madelaine Rountree, Hannah Ko, and Rebecca Glebus joined Daly on the 200 medley relay team, and Abby Schoppa, Rachel Graham and Glebus rounded out the 200 freestyle relay team.

Sigmon takes second in NCHSAA 4-A meet Northwest Guilford senior Heather Sigmon finished second in the 100 butterfly at the NCHSAA 4-A state championship swim meet last Saturday at Triangle Aquatic Center. Sigmon, a senior who will swim at Virginia Tech in the fall, touched the wall in 54.52 seconds, with Julia Menkhaus of Charlotte Catholic taking first place in 53.74. Noah Zawadzki had a fourth-place finish in 1-meter diving.

Melville tops field in 3-A Indoor Track Junior David Melville of Northern Guilford dominated the 3200 at the NCHSAA 3-A indoor track and field championship last Saturday at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Melville, who has won the last two

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3-A cross country titles, won the 3200 with a time of 9 minutes, 28.55 seconds, nearly 16 seconds faster than runner-up Gable Dershem of Cleveland High.

NCHSAA 3-A and 4-A wrestling qualifiers State championship wrestling matches will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend, and seven area wrestlers will be in action. In the 3-A classification, Northern Guilford had three wrestlers qualify at last week’s regional by finishing in the top four in their weight class. Heath Gonyer (106), Ethan King (113), and Josh King (145) will all be seeking individual state titles this weekend. In the 4-A classification, Northwest Guilford had four qualifiers: Bradley Duell (145), Jacob Blackman (152), Chris Garrison (170), and Jacob Fields (220).

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Oak Level Baptist Academy middle school boys basketball team, front row, L to R: Head coach Dan Carter, Matthew Wachendorfer, Chase Ballard, Bristol Carter, Luke Barham, Kord Walker, Jason Hancock, Assistant coach Wes Harrell; back row, L to R: Justin Spenser, Mark Lentz, Thomas Markum, Cameron Carter, Ryan Harrell.

On Feb. 9 the Oak Level Baptist Academy middle school boys basketball team won its conference championship and a berth into the state tournament, becoming the first ever middle school sports team from OLBA to earn a conference title.

Eighth-grader Cameron Carter led the team’s scoring with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Other key eighthgrade leaders were Mark Lentz, who had 10 points with 10 rebounds, and Thomas Markum with eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

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Roling Stella was one of four Guilford County Schools’ students to receive an iPad mini for completing the Holiday Reading Challenge during winter break.

The challenge required students to read and record 300 minutes or more during the winter break. Those who submitted minutes were entered into a drawing with the opportunity to be chosen randomly as a winner of one of four iPad minis or one of 72 $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble. The Holiday Reading Challenge supports GCS Reads 30, an initiative that encourages students to read 30 or more minutes a day, and is part of the district’s overall effort to improve literacy at home and school.

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“The beauty of the neighborhood is its rural setting,” she says. “It’s drawing a nice mix of young and older people and is coming together nicely.” With construction gearing up in Phase II, clearing is already underway for the next phase of the community. When completed, the 130-acre community will offer 100 homes on one-acre lots.

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Room to roam? While larger houses are still in vogue, millennials entering the housing market and seniors downsizing are increasing demand for smaller, new homes with modern features by ANNETTE JOYCE It wasn’t too long ago that having room to roam was an ultimate goal, and homes with a large yard, four or more bedrooms, several bathrooms, at least one kitchen, a recreational room, home theater, and tons of oversized closets were in high demand. In northwestern Guilford County,

houses in that category were “selling like hotcakes,” even with price tags approaching $1 million.

While those houses are still being built and purchased, the housing market has seen some dramatic changes, beginning with the Great Recession when new home construction came to a halt, people lost their jobs and their homes. At the same time, baby boomers began to age out of the need and desire for such large homes as the next generation of homebuyers, the millennials, transitioned into the market. Born between 1980 and 2000, most millennials lack the income to financially take on the responsibility of so much square footage. More than that, they don’t have the

“The data on new home characteristics shows a pattern,” Rose Quint, assistant vice president for survey research at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), said. “2016 marked the end of an era that began in 2009 when homes got bigger and bigger with more amenities. I expect the size of homes to continue to decline as demand from first-time buyers increases.”

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All of these things have come together to create a different type of homebuyer – one who is much more interested in affordability and quality over quantity. Exactly what is this group of homebuyers looking for and how are local builders and real estate professionals meeting their needs?

Whether they’re empty nesters or first-time homebuyers, excess square footage often isn’t appealing for millennials, nor is it for retirees who want to spend less time on home upkeep and more time on leisurely activities.

In northwest Guilford County, the push for larger homes began over a decade ago. Coupled with demand, the high cost of land and lack of municipal water and sewer prompted builders to go larger in order to realize a desirable profit margin. The trend is slowly changing, however, as the demographics of homebuyers changes.

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sibly because of the availability of larger new homes and the lack of smaller new home options. At Keller Williams Realty, Realtor Gil Vaughan has noticed an increase in the size of the average 2,800-square-foot home that most buyers were purchasing before the market crashed. “We have seen a slight increase in the size of homes as money has gotten cheaper,” Vaughan said.

“Millennials and seniors look for more quality and upscale features,” Gardner confirmed. “Many times seniors have lived in custom homes and still want luxury features, but are looking to eliminate some square footage. Due to the lack of smaller, custom homes, a great deal of them are remodeling existing homes.”

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“However, I believe we will see smaller homes becoming more of a norm in all areas as buyers look at the amenities of the home versus the size,” he added. “Kitchens, great rooms and master bedrooms and baths will still be most important.”

The low inventory of smaller new homes has been a troublesome issue for local buyers in the last year. Roseann Staaf with Allen Tate Realtors said that while business has been good for the Oak Ridge office, the availability of smaller, more moderately-priced homes would make things even better.

Bobbie Gardner, also a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, is working with several clients who are requesting homes ranging from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet; she hasn’t seen the size of homes desired changing much yet, but agrees that as the younger generation enters the housing market, the demand could change.

“Homes priced under $300,000 are the hardest to find,” she said. “There is also a shortage in this area for firsttime homebuyers in the $100,000 to $225,000 range. In the northwest area, only 25 percent (of the listings) fall into this price range and many of them have not been updated.”

“Buyers dictate the size of homes built in an area,” Gardner said. “Developers and builders watch the pulse of the market through sales and make changes according to supply and demand.”

When less is more While baby boomers are sometimes ready to give up square footage, they don’t want to sacrifice quality and amenities. “As the baby boomers start to retire, they are asking for smaller homes – but with a lot of the same amenities they had in their previous homes,” Vaughan confirmed. “You will also see them looking at maintenance-free or low-maintenance homes like townhomes, patio homes and condos. This will allow them the freedom to travel without having to worry about keeping up a large home and yard.”

Those looking for smaller homes with updated features often end up purchasing older homes and remodeling in order to move into, or stay in the northwest area. That’s changing, however. In Oak Ridge, when the town council updated its Land Use Plan a little over a year ago, it added a new zoning district which allows “clustered, mixed density, and/or attached single-family lots with up to two units per acre” in what is designated as a residential town core area. Developers Buddy Lyons and Eric Dischinger of LD Equity will soon break ground on the town’s first such community. Located on Zack Road in the town’s core, the 15.9 acre- development will feature 24 twin homes, averaging 2,200 square feet with a starting price of $250,000 to $300,000. The company is also finalizing design plans for another residential

community located a little farther east on N.C. 150, near Moravia Moravian Church. Homes in this neighborhood will average 2,500 square feet; most of these homes will offer three bedrooms, with some having four bedrooms and others only two bedrooms. In Summerfield, a proposed Planned Development zoning district which would allow a variety of housing options, including smaller, more moderately priced homes on smaller lots than the traditional RS-40 (minimum 40,000 square feet) zoning district allows, is being considered

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TRANSACTIONS Northwest-area new and existing home sales Recent home sales in and near your neighborhood impact the current market value of your home. The following is a list of new and existing home sale transactions in northwest Guilford County which have occurred over the last month. Look for more transactions in the Northwest Observer’s real estate section, now appearing in the third issue of each month.

SUMMERFIELD 5270 Bunch Road (42.24 acres) $910,000 1478 Bethan Drive (Lennox Woods) $508,000 6906 Polo Farms Drive (Polo Farms) $370,000 5807 Stanley Huff Road (Steeple Ridge) $342,000 7516 Strader Road $160,000 7515 Greenlawn Drive $150,000 1118 N.C. Hwy. 150 W. $230,000 7038 Brookbank Road $388,000 6765 Lake Brandt Road $335,000

STOKESDALE 8103 N.C. Hwy. 68 N. (13.024 acres) $195,000 8560 Belews Creek Road (2.0 acres) $247,000

7707 Front Nine Drive (Dawn Acres) $450,000 7088 Agatha Drive (Ellison Estates) $184,000 7802 Green Pond Drive (NorthRidge) $420,000 7803 Green Pond Drive (NorthRidge) $425,000

OAK RIDGE 8039 R-1 Fogleman Road (14.0237 acres) $400,000 7797 Panda Court (Bear Creek) $550,000 6909 Aplington Road (Eastridge) $153,000 7500 Hearthridge Court (Hearthridge) $574,000 6629 Linville Ridge Drive (Linville Ridge) $875,000 8517 Merriman Farm Road (Merriman Estates) $425,000 8513 Julian Drive (Pearman Estates) $410,000

6907 River Gate Court (River Gate) $377,000 6912 River Gate Court (River Gate) $435,000 8108 Daltonshire Drive (Weatherstone) $154,000 6417 Gumwood Road $230,000 1222 N.C. Hwy. 68 N. $280,000 1828 N.C. Hwy. 68 N. $235,000 8309/8311 Maloe Court $220,000

KERNERSVILLE 1574/1588 Squire Davis Road (38.234 acres) $158,500 1627 Squire Davis Road (10.167 acres) $150,000 8732 Warner Road (2.68 acres) $198,000 8138 Zinfandel Drive (Arbor Run) $647,500 4392 Williston Court (Bakersfield) $395,000

COLFAX 1860 Sandy Ridge Road (12.738 acres) $280,500 2402 Hunters Creek Drive (Pheasant Ridge) $320,000 2117 Alamar Drive (Saddlebrook) $158,500

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After the board’s requested revisions were incorporated, the amendment was presented to the town council on Dec. 13. At that meeting, Spencer gave a presentation of the proposed PD zoning district which included input from Summerfield developers and property owners David Couch and Ken Miller.

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Town Manager Scott Whitaker began the evening session by explaining why the town felt a need to add another zoning option, which was largely to bring its development ordinance into compliance with its citizen-driven comprehensive plan which was adopted in 2010.

A public hearing was subsequently scheduled for the P&Z Board’s Jan. 23 meeting; following that hearing, council members and staff were – and continue to be – flooded with phone calls and emails from citizens on both sides of the issue, which led to the council’s decision to hold a separate Q&A session.

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As background, Whitaker explained that in early October, the council authorized Town Planning Director Carrie Spencer to move forward on crafting a text amendment that would add the PD zoning district, which had been discussed for over 10 years. Once crafted, the text amendment was presented to the town’s Planning and Zoning Board, which “wrestled” with it at its Oct. 24 meeting, a special called meeting on Nov. 15, and again at its Nov. 28 meeting.


Spencer followed up on Whitaker’s overview by presenting a slide show which gave examples of PDs in other communities, visuals of property developed using a traditional RS-40 zoning versus a PD zoning, the design standards for a PD, the process a

PD zoning application would follow before receiving final approval, and the 12 stated objectives in the town’s comprehensive plan, which she described as “the law of the land.” “We live by the comp plan,” she said. “It was created so we could define ourselves rather than be defined.” Forty minutes into the Q&A session, Spencer and Whitaker began fielding questions. Robert Jones led the questions off by asking, “If the PD ordinance passes with no change after listening to town residents, can you say you took our concerns into account?” to which Spencer said the PD zoning district is based on the comprehensive plan, which was a result of two years’ worth of citizen input. Citizens were then directed to a PD text amendment info document posted on the town’s website. Spencer and Whitaker also said revisions were in process to strengthen

the connection between the comprehensive plan and the ordinance to “give it more teeth” as well as to clarify the Technical Review Committee process for a PD plan. “Because this amendment was recommended by the Zoning Board, we will make it very clear as to what changes we make between now and then,” Whitaker said. When asked if affected (adjacent or nearby) property owners would be added to the TRC, Spencer said that was a very good consideration, but she couldn’t say for sure because the town attorney was not present. Adrian Williamson asked what would stop undeveloped areas of a PD community from later being developed and Spencer answered that the developer would be required to specify all the uses within a PD, which would subsequently be recorded with the Registrar of Deeds as a binding document.


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“So it would be the effect of violating a zoning use and they would be in violation of their approval,” she said. When asked by another citizen to define the term “affordable housing,” as it relates to the varied housing options that would be included in a PD community, Spencer said the Comprehensive Plan Committee had tackled that question and, “without it being a hard and fast rule,” had deemed affordable (for Summerfield) to be $250,000 to $300,000. Whitaker added that the question was a fair one, but the council and staff had to be very careful in answering that question, as they cannot dictate the housing prices developers offer. “The goal is to move to ‘more affordable’ housing than we have right now,” he said. Councilman John O’Day clarified that one of the goals of a PD would

be to have mixed housing, with some smaller houses on smaller lots, which would be more affordable, while there would also be larger houses on larger lots. Art Gilbert said he moved to Summerfield because of the rural landscape and lifestyle, and found nothing wrong with things as they are. “My question is, is the town council going to follow the will of the people or a comprehensive plan?” he asked. When Gilbert went on to suggest something “that changes the character of the community” as much as the proposed PD ought to be put to a referendum, Mayor Mark Brown read from a legal response the town had received several years earlier about what municipalities can and cannot put to a referendum. “In most cases, towns cannot use the ballot box to collect advisory opinions,” Brown said, adding “Elected

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Water issues, the burden of higher density development on taxpayers, enforceability of the PD ordinance, “vague” wording within the comprehensive plan (such as the wording regarding whether apartment complexes would be allowed) were other concerns citizens brought up as they continued to ask questions long into the evening.

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4:52 p.m. at the Stokesdale Service Center at 8508 U.S. 158 in Stokesdale. The victim’s checks, which had been forged, and jacket were found, and the offender was arrested. A passenger in the offender’s vehicle, also a Stokesdale resident, was arrested for two counts of forgery, possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Greensboro jail and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. Feb. 7 | An employee of Allscapes by Tindall reported that around 12:15 p.m., one or more unknown suspects stole a Redmax backpack leaf blower valued at $500 from the bed of his pickup which was in the parking lot of the Quality Mart on N.C. 68 in Oak Ridge. Feb. 8 | Dollar General on U.S. 220 in Summerfield reported an unknown suspect concealed underwear, T-shirts and socks under his clothing and left the store around 5:30 p.m. The shoplifted items were valued at $307.20. Feb. 11 | Greensboro police pulled over a known offender at 3512 Battleground Avenue in Greensboro around 7:30 a.m. for displaying a stolen registration plate. The offender, a resident of Summerfield Road in Summerfield, was also found to be in possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia; he was arrested and transported to the Greensboro jail.

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GRINS to...  The gentleman in Stokesdale’s Dollar General who gave his change back to the cashier to give to my niece, Cassie. He overheard her saying she wanted to make Valentine’s Day special for her sick “Nana.”  Rio Grande Summerfield. Your wings were a big hit again this year at our annual Super Bowl party.  Valarie Halvorsen (Summerfield town clerk), who went out of her way to help me with an issue. She’s a consummate professional who always goes above and beyond to help citizens in any way possible – a true gem and asset to Summerfield!  Northwest Observer for a fair and balanced article last week about the Summerfield PD ordinance. And to Councilman Reece Walker who seems to be listening to the concerns of citizens!

Elementary on Wednesday. The lunch was delicious and much appreciated!  Citizens of Summerfield for showing up in large numbers to the PD Q&A session. Don’t stop there – we need you at the council vote on Thursday. Voice your opinions!

GRIPES to...  The person griping last weeks about folks in Summerfield littering the town with “No PD Zoning” signs, assuming those involved don’t already volunteer in town.  The “travel ban” being referred to as a “Muslim ban.” All people – Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc. – are temporarily stopped from seven countries, not just Muslims. By the way, 80 percent of majority Muslim countries are not affected.

 Drs. Morris and Morris Family Dentistry for supplying lunch to the teachers and staff of Stokesdale Elementary School. Your generosity was greatly appreciated.

 Summerfield Town Manager Scott Whitaker. Why don’t you finish plans for the historic corner before you start micromanaging a new PD zone? Or, you could come up with some minimum housing standards for the town.

 Team MOM, Maureen Shepherd, Julie McGirr, Jen Bruton and Tamantha McCollum for providing a wonderful lunch to the teachers at Oak Ridge

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 President Trump. You wanted the job, so do the job. Stop taking time off and work! This is what you get when you hire an over-privileged, entitled elitist.  Stokesdale Town need to get real. It’s time to put a property tax into effect. You can’t have an incorporated town and services without one. You need a competent full-time manager, planner and someone to oversee the water system.

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Hit the pause on PD Rarely, if ever, has an issue drawn more feedback – and stronger opposition – in Summerfield than the proposed Planned Development zoning district, which came to the forefront last fall when the town’s Planning and Zoning Board was asked to review a proposed text amendment for creating a new PD zoning district.

ately priced houses along with mid-size and larger houses) in conjunction with neighborhood businesses and trails, sidewalks, etc., the PD zoning district would allow higher-thantypical density development (with no stated density cap).

A trade-off for the higher density would be that a PD requires a unified development plan, wherePatti Stokes The P&Z Board held a as developing several individual publisher/editor public hearing Jan. 23, when tracts of 50 acres, for example, 48 people spoke almost equally for and into 1-plus acre lots could have the same against the district; recognizing much impact on the community at large while confusion and opposition remained, the not being aesthetically or physically contown council subsequently scheduled nected, or preserving open space. a Q&A session on Feb. 9 and well over Historic properties and other assets 300 people attended. in a PD district would be identified and Near the end of that session, which lasted well over four hours, many people said their “heads were spinning” and they were more confused than before.

If the PD zoning district were approved, property owners with 75 or more contiguous acres could voluntarily choose to apply for it – or apply for the traditional RS-40 zoning (in Summerfield, 40,000 square feet minimum lot size, but an average density of 60,000 square feet). Intended to offer a variety of housing options (i.e. some smaller, more moder-

preserved, and much more time and creativity would go into the design of the development, as well as a higher level of scrutiny from the town – and its citizens – at several points throughout the approval process. Proponents of the PD argue that continuing to develop Summerfield with only $450,000 to $700,000-and-above houses will result in a glut of houses that take longer to sell and sell at far below the market price; they also argue houses within that price range don’t meet the

needs of those with a more moderate income – policemen, firefighters, teachers, for example – nor do they meet the needs of seniors who want to downsize but remain in the community, or simply those who don’t want to, or can’t maintain large lots and large houses. Opponents argue the higher density combined with neighborhood businesses allowed in a PD would destroy the community’s rural character, further stress the water supply, add to already congested roads and burden already overcrowded local schools. Additionally, although the town’s comprehensive plan discourages multifamily housing, opinions differ as to whether apartment complexes would be absolutely prohibited in a PD. With all that said, almost all opponents – and even some proponents – feel the text amendment for the proposed PD leaves far too much to interpretation. For those reasons and more, Summerfield Town Council members should be, and I think are, anguishing as they prepare for a public hearing on Feb. 16. But with their own concerns and those of citizens who are voicing conflicting views – with equal vehemence – what’s a council to do? Hopefully, they will vote to hit the pause and take a step backward… for several reasons. Many legitimate questions were posed at the Q&A, and citizens were given assurances that the proposed PD text amendment would undergo revisions be-

Vote ‘Yes’ for PD I have received a letter to sign a petition that encourages me to vote “No” on planned development in Summerfield. It is deceptive and contradicts the very character that I would like to see preserved in Summerfield. For me, rural means controlled development that allows for meadows, pastures and farms to coexist with mixed uses that allow for a variety of housing options. I want to have teachers and firefighters as my neighbors. It is bad enough


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fore the Feb. 16 public hearing. But as of the afternoon on Feb. 15, the revised text amendment had not been publicized. Both citizens and council members need time to see those revisions and digest them long before a vote is taken. Ideally, a PD zoning district would elicit creative, thoughtful and well-designed plans which simultaneously meet the vision of Summerfield’s comprehensive plan. If that’s the case, it has much merit in my opinion. However, there is much to gain and little to lose by postponing a decision on it – not indefinitely, but only until such time that the promised “teeth” have been put into the proposed text amendment to ensure that what is considered “discouraged” is emphatically “prohibited” (i.e., apartment complexes, three-story buildings) and what is desired by the town versus what is and isn’t permitted are very clearly distinguished. Never have more citizens read the town’s comprehensive plan, adopted in 2010, as they have in the last several weeks, nor given this much thought to how they want Summerfield to grow. The town council has a captive audience, and therefore a golden opportunity. Pushing the PD text amendment forward without pausing first will further fracture the community as well as be like going to the emergency room for a “growth check.” If the PD concept has the merit I think it does, it will withstand the test of a little more time and a lot more thought. that we will now have a four-lane highway bisecting the town and an interstate crossing N.C. 150. Our natural resources will be better preserved when it is planned for and not turned into large-tract homes and strip malls. I like the preservation of historic buildings and applaud the town council’s wise decision to continue the A&Y Trail system for the enhancement of walking and biking trails. Keep the positive energy going forward. Vote “Yes” for planned development! Pat Bailey, SUMMERFIELD





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INDEX Employment ............................... 27 Save the Date ............................ 27 Yard Sales .................................. 27 Youth Sports ............................... 27 Home Services ....................... 27-29 Misc. Services.............................. 29 Misc. for Sale ............................. 29 Misc. Wanted ............................. 29 Pets & Animal Services ................ 30 Real Estate ................................. 30

Advertising sales/ marketing support PS Communications, publisher of the weekly Northwest Observer and annual/semi-annual atHome in northwest Guilford County, To Your Health, Countdown to Kickoff and northwestFINDER, seeks a part-time advertising sales and marketing support representative. Our ideal candidate will have a successful track record in advertising sales and customer service, a strong marketing background and knowledge of various forms of advertising and marketing strategies. Job entails 10 to 15 hours per week of in-house administrative responsibilities, including advertising database entry, ad scheduling and providing marketing support for existing advertisers. Additionally, 10 to 12 hours per week will be spent identifying and following up with potential advertisers while meeting monthly advertising sales goals. Base salary plus commission. Qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume to

FULL-TIME GENERAL SERVICE automotive position – oil/lube tech., tire changes, etc. Competitive pay DOE. M&M Tire & Auto, 5570 US Hwy. 220N, Summerfield. Apply in person; no phone calls please.

„„ SAVE THE DATE KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE, Fri., Feb. 24, 9am-8pm; Saturday, Feb. 25, 8am-1pm (some items 50% off on Sat.), St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Rd., GSO. GARDENING CLASSES, 4th Friday of each month starting February 24, at The Aristotle Institute, 2783 NC Highway 68S, Ste. 117, High Point (2 1/2 miles south of I-40). 11am to 12:30pm, $20 per class. Topic for Feb. 24th – starting seeds indoors. For more info, or to save your spot, call Dee at (336) 423-3821.

BASEMENT SALE, Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, 8am-2pm, 8034 Highway 68N, Stokesdale. Furniture, pictures, pool table, rocking chairs, lots more!

„„ YOUTH SPORTS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for spring sports – baseball, soccer & softball. Register by February 19 to be eligible to win a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card! Visit

„„ HOME SERVICES CLEANING STEPHANIE’S CLEANING SERVICE 10 years experience. (336) 423-9786. CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. (336) 595-2873. MAID-2-SHINE. Excellent service, 15 years exp. Free estimates., excellent references. (336) 338-0223.

Join Gideon Grove UMC on Fat Tuesday for FREE PANCAKES & PRAYER. Come to Gideon Grove United Methodist Church, 2865 Gideon Grove Church Rd., Stokesdale, on Tuesday, February 28, between 5-7pm for pancakes, sausage or bacon and great fellowship. Call (336) 643-6042 for more information.

LIVENGOOD’S CLEANING. Church, businesses. Free est., 14 yrs exp. (336) 223-5034.

LADIES NIGHT OUT, Thursday, March 2, 6pm-9pm, Golden Antiques & Treasures, 341 Ram Loop, Stokesdale. Food, jewelry, vintage, art, skin care, raffles, handbags, and much more! (336) 949-4958.

MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. Free estimates, guaranteed service. (336) 552-1990.

ENCORE KIDS CONSIGNMENT Check out our spring & summer items, premiering Sat., March 4, 305 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville, (336) 993-3444.

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HOME CLEANING. Afford. rates, ref. avail., 10 years exp. Elizabeth, (336) 453-8592. MAIDS OF HONOR, INC. Triad’s oldest! $25 off! 40 years in service. Bonded staff. English speaking. (336) 708-2407.

CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. (336) 609-0677.

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CARPET CLEANING. We clean the dirt out of your carpet, not the money out of your pockets! Call David, Cleaning Solutions, (336) 989-4318, or find us on FB at Cleaning Solutions Carpet Cleaning.


APPLIANCE REPAIR – Call Mr. Appliance. A step above the rest! (336) 609-5707.


MAID 2 GLIMMER. Amazon approved. (336) 441-8388 or visit


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DECORATING EXPERIENCED INTERIOR DECORATOR & personal furniture shopper will help you with style, color, shopping & furniture placement. E-mail or call Ann Appenzeller, (336) 314-1411.



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GARY’S HANDYMAN HOME SERVICES “Providing value for the home-ownership ex-

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perience.” Gary Gellert, serving NC’s Piedmont Triad area., (336) 423-8223. JLB REMODELING, INC.

BALEX ELECTRICAL COMPANY, LLC Residential, commercial & solar electrical services. (336) 298-4192.

GENERAL HOME REPAIR, bathroom repair, small/odd jobs. (336) 644-8710, 708-0522.

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L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE LLP “We get you mowing!” Free pickup and delivery. 2103 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge. (336) 298-4314. MOWER REPAIR. Any type mower, weld and repair mower decks. Free pickup and delivery. Call or text Morris, (336) 880-7498.

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GRADING / HAULING PEARMAN QUARRY HAULING Fill dirt, gravel, sand rock, mulch & more. Joel Richardson, (336) 803-2195. GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. (336) 362-1150.


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WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. (336) 399-7764. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic/Ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck/chipper, total cleanup. Selective thinning & lot clearing. 24-hr. ER svc. OR, NC. (336) 643-1119. TRACTOR FOR HIRE - Bush hogging, grading, brush/tree removal. (336) 207-6632. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 6439332, ORTIZ LANDSCAPING, complete lawn care. Trimming, cleaning, planting & mulch, gutter cleaning, patios & pavers, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, stonework. Residential and commercial. (336) 280-8981. FAY’S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Snow plowing, tree pruning, general yard clean up. Pine needles & mulch. Reasonable and honest. Call Taylor, (336) 464-5215.

E&W HAULING & GRADING INC. Driveways, fill dirt, topsoil, lot clearing, bobcat work, excavating, mulch, etc. (336) 451-1282. BRAD’S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS. LLC Debris removal, grading, gravel/dirt, driveways, concrete work. (336) 362-3647.

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ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Bobcat work and more. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. Call Joe at (336) 643-9157.

ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt available. Zane Anthony, (336) 362-4035.

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AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt avail. (336) 602-5820.

PAINTING – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 32 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. No job too small. Insured. Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186.



BRAD’S BOBCAT. Mulch, landscaping, pine needles and straw. (336) 362-3647. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875.

MASONRY MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone, concrete & repairs. Free estimates. (336) 988-1022, SOUTHERN STYLE concrete & landscapes. How about a new patio or fire pit? We can help with all of your outdoor living and entertainment spaces! Fire pits, driveways & sidewalks, patios and more! Give us a call at (336) 399-6619 for all your concrete and landscape needs.

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS GAS LOGS, WOOD STOVES, INSERTS, fireplaces, sold, serviced and repaired. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183.


BEK Paint Co. Residential & Commercial David & Judy Long, owners

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STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683, CINDY’S PAINTING – Interior painting, wallpaper removal. References & free estimates available. (336) 708-9155.

PLUMBING WEBSTER & SONS PLUMBING, Inc. (336) 992-2503. Licensed, insured, bonded. 24/7 service. Plumbing, drain cleaning, well pumps. Give us a call, we do it all! Go to for more info. BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic. & insured. Call Mark, (336) 337-7924.

POWER WASHING PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Fully insured. Crystal Clear, www. (336) 595-2873.

REMODELING / CONSTRUCTION RENOVATION WORKS, INC. New construction, remodeling, additions, kitchen, bath and decks. We are a locally owned, full-service design and build company, A+ accredited with the BBB. Visit or call (336) 427-7391 to start your next project. ORTIZ REMODELING – Total restoration & home improvement. Drywall, painting, kitchen cabinets, interior trim & more. Free estimates. (336) 280-8981.

RED RHINO ROOFING, based in Oak Ridge, NC. Storm damage specialist experienced with all types of roofing. BBB accredited A and listed with Angie’s List. Call (336) 9446118, or visit A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., (336) 621-6962. PREMIER ROOFING CONSTRUCTION Insurance specialist, free inspections, res/ comm., BBB A rating. (336) 430-9507. CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call (336) 643-8191 or (336) 580-3245.

„„ MISC. SERVICES SAM’S AUTO BODY SHOP. Any type of body work. 45 years exp. (336) 347-7470. HIGHLY QUALIFIED TUTOR AVAILABLE, master’s in Education, 25 years teaching exp., math K-5, all other subjects all ages. Homework support, EOG prep. Flexible hours. (336) 317-0742.

JLB REMODELING, INC. Remodeling and additions. Fully insured. NC GC license #69997. Free est. Call (336) 681-2902 or visit BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, siding, dock work, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 35 years exp. (336) 362-6343.

KIRBY AVALIR w/ all attachments, including shampoo system for all surfaces, used twice. Paid $1,000, asking $500. (336) 643-5421. SEASONED FIREWOOD, delivered and stacked, 1/2 cord, $80. Call (336) 686-6373 ALL NEW MATTRESS SETS. Still in plastic, w/ warranty. Twin, $99; Full, $109; Queen, $129; King, $191. Can deliver, layaway available. Mattress Outlet. (336) 992-0025. FIREWOOD FOR SALE, oak & hickory. Pick up or delivery. (336) 643-9332.

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Stokesdale is always seeking vendors who LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

Gated access with 24/7 camera surveillance We carry moving & shipping supplies

(336) 643-9963 • 8207 B & G Court, Stokesdale COMPUTER REPAIRS – ITBASICS.COM Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons. (336) 643-0068. ERIE INSURANCE – IN KERNERSVILLE Long Insurance Services, (336) 992-5664.

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have antiques, vintage, repurposed and collectible items. Booth spaces are 10 x 12 feet and are $200 per month, plus 10% commission. Come check us out and reserve your spot! (336) 949-4958. FREE PICK-UP of unwanted riding & push mowers, any and all gas items, tillers, gocarts, ATVs, generators, power washers, grills, chain saws, metal and electrical items, most appliances, etc. (336) 689-4167.

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CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES Oak Ridge Chiropractic ........................3

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