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A Full-Service Government

Do you remember the days of full-service gas stations? You would pull up to the pump and an attendant would fill up your gas tank and check your oil and windshield wiper fluid. They might even look under the hood at your belts, all in an effort to protect the health and safety of you and your car.

The Town of Kernersville is like those old gas stations. Kernersville has its own police, fire, and rescue services, which dramatically improves response time. Town staff collects trash and operates a recycling service for paper, plastics, and metal. During the late fall, town trucks comb the neighborhoods to vacuum up leaves positioned at the curb. The town also has an optional service that picks up yard waste.

The town’s Community Development Department ensures the development of Kernersville, seeking quality over quantity. The street division clears and repairs roads in the community. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department looks after its nine public parks and maintains a community recreation center.

Is it working? In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 and see how fast you get help. Police response time is rapid because patrol cars are on the streets at all times. Foot patrol provides a visible police presence downtown. KPD communications systems are linked with county, regional, and state law enforcement to enable coordinated protection for town residents in any emergency. The town has five engine stations strategically located, enabling a four-minute response time. When precious seconds count, the Town of Kernersville emergency services are always there for protection. Emergency personnel are on duty during the many major community festivals, parade and other events, increasing public safety and enhancing our high quality of life.

Our excellence is well noted. The KPD has received a CALEA certification of excellence and the Fire Rescue Department is rated as a Heavy Rescue Department. The Parks and Recreation Department has also received a CAPRA certification. Kernersville is the smallest community in the state to have received this recognition of excellence for recreation services.

Town emergency services are proactive. Free educational seminars are held informing the public how to avoid scams and protect their homes and businesses. Fire and rescue teams inspect buildings for fire hazards. They also plot building footprints in case they are ever needed to respond to an emergency. Free smoke detectors are available for seniors and a program to dispose of out-of-date medications is conducted by the town. The town’s Public Services Department hosts a free Earth Day celebration to share environmentally friendly lessons with the community.

The town partners with other organizations for the most cost-efficient delivery of services. Public-private partnerships include many projects that ensure sports fields are well lit. The town has also partnered with the YMCA to provide indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and the Kernersville Bike Club for a mountain bike park. WSFCS has worked to provide SRO officers at Kernersville public schools to create a program to teach students how to make good choices. The town has also made “walkability” of the community a priority and has partnered with various organizations to improve sidewalks and create better access for those with limited mobility. They have also partnered with the Rotary Club to create the construction and management of the Farmers’ Market. The Sister City Association of Kernersville is celebrating their tenth anniversary with Dashi, Taiwan, and also has a relationship with Furtwangen, Germany. Also, Kernersville Tree Commission has received a Tree City USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Plans are progressing nicely for Kernersville to develop a county public library in the next few years. Kernersville is well deserving of a state of the art library, as it is the second busiest library in the entire Forsyth County system.

Town policies come from our elected officials. Mayor Dawn Morgan has been in office since 2008 and the five-member Board of Aldermen is elected every two years. Day-to-day town operations are coordinated by Town Manager Curtis Swisher and professionally trained department heads. Our forward-thinking board and trained staff have positioned Kernersville for the outstanding population and employment growth we have enjoyed.

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