Violent and Property Crime Down; Raleigh Interconnection Water Project Underway
DTV8’s “City Hall This Week” will debut a new show tonight at 8 p.m. on the City’s YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/CityofDurhamNC. Since DTV8 will be off the air for maintenance from Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m. until Monday, August 27 at 8 a.m., the new episode will debut at 10 a.m. on Monday on Time Warner Cable channel 8. Hosted by Senior Public Affairs Specialist Amy Blalock, this show will feature the following highlights and other topics of interest.
Violent and Property Crime Down in Durham
Both part one violent and property crimes are down by 5 percent during the first six months of 2012. That’s compared to the same time period during 2011. According to the first and second quarter crime report, the number of homicides, robberies, and aggravated assaults were not only down, they were at a three-year low. Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. explains the numbers further.
Durham City and County Continue Support of Efforts to Reign in Backlogged Warrants
Durham City and County are continuing their support of a Central Warrant Control Office. The goal of the office is to make sure that outstanding and backlogged warrants are handled as efficiently as possible. The City will pay half the operating costs of the Warrant Control Office at $198,000. Eight full-time clerks and one full-time supervising clerk work in the office. Their job is to record any new misdemeanor warrants as well as entering the backlog of old warrants into the computer system. In addition to the shared clerical costs of operating the office, the City will also pay $298,000 for the salary and benefits of four officers in the Warrant Squad Division.
Second Phase of Raleigh Interconnection Water Project Under Way
The second phase of the Raleigh Interconnection Water project is under way. The project includes installing a water transmission main beginning at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Page Drive Extension and ending near the intersection of T.W. Alexander Drive and U.S. Highway 70 in Wake County. This project is the second phase of the line installation that connects Durham and Raleigh’s water distribution systems. It will allow each utility to access alternate sources of water during droughts or other emergency events. The City Council approved a $2.2 million contract for the construction of this phase of the project.
“What Durham Is Saying” Features Code Enforcement Efforts
What is the City doing to enhance Durham’s overall feel and appearance? What is being done to make sure your neighborhoods are as safe and clean as possible? Neighborhood Improvement Services Director Constance Stancil explains the role of the City’s code enforcement services and how they affect your everyday life.
About “City Hall This Week”
"City Hall This Week," a news program dedicated to informing Durham residents and City employees about what’s going on inside Durham's City Hall, airs daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. on DTV8 (Time Warner Cable channel 8). The show is also available for on demand viewing at http://www.DurhamNC.gov/DTV8 or on the City’s YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/CityofDurhamNC. For more information, call (919) 560-4123, “like” http://www.Facebook/CityofDurhamNC, or “follow” http://www.Twitter.com/CityofDurhamNC.