City of Durham News
Governor Eases COVID-19 Restrictions Effective Today at 5 p.m.
Based on improving numbers and vaccine distribution in North Carolina, Governor Cooper will ease some restrictions effective February 26 at 5 p.m. Executive Order 195 will no longer require people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. It also increases some occupancy limits and allows additional businesses to operate indoors with safety precautions. View details and FAQs on the State's website.
Artist Selected for Crosswalk Art to Improve Safety on W. Club Boulevard
Based on more than 1,800 votes, the Durham community has selected local artist Candy Carver as the winning finalist to make West Club Boulevard safer with her new crosswalk art designs. Carver's design features bright koi fish and colorful patterns.
South Ellerbe Creek Restoration Project Status & Funding Update
The latest status report for the South Ellerbe Creek Restoration Project says that funding challenges will limit some of the proposed amenities for the project. If funding is identified it's still possible these amenities–including a boardwalk and overlook–can be added in a later phase. Later this year, soil removal will begin at the site with construction set to begin in 2022. The project will still include educational areas, an inviting grassy area for seating, and half-mile trail. Visit the project page for updates and contact information.
City Council Continues Virtual Budget Discussion
This week, the City continued its annual budget process with an additional two-day retreat to discuss needs and priorities for the 2020-2021 fiscal year including employee compensation, city infrastructure, and 911 calls for service. Learn more about the process and watch the recorded sessions.
Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2 Grant Applications Now Open
Durham-based non-profits and community organizations are encouraged to submit proposals for service and relief in communities most impacted by the pandemic. Eligible organizations can receive up to $50k in grant funding. Learn more and apply by March 17.
Got an Opinion about City Sidewalks? Share Your Story by February 28
The City is doing an assessment and inventory of more than 600 miles of sidewalks and we want to hear about your experiences. Share your Sidewalk Stories through February 28 to help us understand the conditions you experience and where sidewalks should go in Durham. Learn more about the project and how to share your story.
“Back on the Bull” Pledge Encourages Residents to Commit to Recovery
The Durham Recovery & Renewal Task Force (RRTF) has launched a “Back on the Bull” pledge as part of its ongoing health and safety campaign in response to COVID-19. Taking the pledge is a way for residents–many of whom are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine–to commit to actions that will help Durham recover and encourage others to do the same. The pledge asks residents to get the vaccine when it's available to them, continue wearing face coverings before and after vaccination, and support local businesses responsibly. Learn more and take the pledge at BackontheBull.com/pledge.