City of Durham News
Durham City Council Appoints Pierce Freelon for Ward 3 Vacancy
At a special meeting on August 31, the Durham City Council voted 4-2 to appoint Pierce Freelon to fill the Ward 3 vacancy. Freelon was sworn-in at City Hall earlier this week, and will attend his first meeting on Tuesday, September 8.
City of Durham Announces New Parks and Recreation Director
Wade Walcutt will serve as the next director of Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR), bringing a servant leadership philosophy to the community with high energy and a passion for people, parks, and recreation. Walcutt will start his new role in October 2020
Durham Water to Resume Cutoffs for Nonpayment on September 16
The City has returned to regular water billing practices, and will resume cutoffs for nonpayment starting September 16. To remain operational, the City must receive water payments, and there are resources and options for those experiencing hardship.
CDC Halts Residental Evictions Through December 31
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced an order that would temporarily halt residential evictions nationwide from September 4 to December 31, 2020. The order is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 4. Anyone experiencing issues with eviction should contact Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Durham Seeks Artists and Input for Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries Public Art Amenities Project
Family and friends with loved ones buried in City cemeteries can give input on a public art amenities project that will create improved spaces for contemplation and reflection. Artist submission deadline is September 7, and public input deadline is October 23.
Durham Parks and Recreation Playgrounds Open for Play Today
Durham’s playgrounds officially open for play on Friday, September 4, at 5 p.m. after months of being closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Playgrounds will be open from dawn to dusk, and social distancing and masks are encouraged.
Curbside Bulky Item Pickups Temporarily Suspended
Due to staffing limitations, new requests for curbside bulky item pickups are being temporarily suspended for the next 2–3 weeks. Residents with existing requests will be serviced, but should expect significant delays. Bulky items may also be dropped off for a fee at the Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd. Visit the Solid Waste Department website for future service restoration updates.