WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem City Council met Monday night and approved the purchase of a 70-acre tract of land for future economic development and swore in its newest member.
Annette Scippio will represent the East Ward after the Forsyth County Democratic Party recommended her appointment to replace Derwin Montgomery, who resigned his place on the council to fill the seat of Rep. Ed Hanes in the N.C. House of Representatives. Hanes resigned in August and is now a client development manager with the Winston-Salem law firm Kilpatrick Townsend.
Democratic Party Chairman Eric Ellison said in a letter to Mayor Allen Joines that the executive committee of the local party on Oct. 7 selected Scippio as the nominee to fill the vacant council seat. Scippio’s career has included work for Del Monte and RJR Foods as well as serving as the executive director of Leadership Winston-Salem and Delta Fine Arts.
After appointing Scippio, the council approved the purchase of a tract of land located at 1624 Union Cross Road and 1618 Union Cross Road in the Southeast Ward with a purchase price of $3.7 million. The purchase was recommended by the Finance Committee. The tract is located near the Herbalife and Caterpillar facilities.
The council also made adjustment to its standing committees. Scippio will fill Montgomery’s seats on the Community Development/Housing/General Government and Public Works Committee. Denise Adams, was elevated to chair to replace Montgomery on the General Government Committee and Scippio will be the vice chair. Dan Besse and Robert Clark are other members.
The committee assignments will otherwise remain the same as last session. Clark will chair the Finance Committee with Adams as vice chair and Vivian Burke and Jeff MacIntosh as members. The Public Safety Committee will be chaired by James Taylor with MacIntosh as vice chair and Burke and Johnson Larson as the additional members. Dan Besse will chair the Public Works Committee and Larson will serve as vice chair along with members Scippio and Taylor.
The council also approved a smaller land purchase near Salem College for $450,000. The lot is near Business 40. The council will hold its next meeting on Dec. 3.