City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 39, October 21, 2016

Youth Encouraged to Register for 2016 Durham YouthWork Summit

Durham youth, ages 14 to 24, and their parents are invited to register for the 2016 Durham YouthWork Summit - Vote for Your Success, a free event designed to help youth explore and learn about various careers, community resources, and educational opportunities. The summit will be held on Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Street. Youth will be able to participate in workshops to prepare for applying for jobs and internships. Workshop topics include: Career Exploration, Using Technology Successfully in the Workplace, and the Dos and Don’ts of Your First Job.  More 

Police and seniors enjoy an afternoon of challenging games and activities.
Police Officers vs. Seniors Olympic Challenge
Police Chief C. J. Davis, right, helps some Durham Seniors with a challenging puzzle at yesterday's Police Officers vs. Senior Olympic Challenge held at the Durham Center for Senior Life. This was the 7th year the department has sponsored the event as part of National Crime Prevention Month. The games included billiards, table tennis, checkers, dominoes and more while police officers also provided crime prevention information.

Durham Recognized in Top 50 for Green Vehicle Fleets

The City's Fleet Management Department has once again received recognition for its efforts to have one of the greenest government vehicle fleets in North America. The department was awarded 37th place in the Government Green Fleet™ Awards from Green Fleet Magazine, Green Fleet Conference organizers, and the 100 Best Fleets in North America. Durham is the only city in North Carolina to make the list, and this is the fourth consecutive year that the Fleet Management Department has been named to the Top 50.  More 

Operation Medicine Drop Tomorrow

The Durham Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids North Carolina and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be holding Operation Medicine Drop tomorrow at four locations. Operation Medicine Drop allows people to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. The program’s purpose is to educate the public on the dangers of pharmaceutical drug abuse and accidental poisonings as well as educate them on the responsible handling, security and destruction of prescription and over-the-counter medications. More 

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City Hall This Week

Durham Police Department Appoints First LGBTQ Community Liaison
The Durham Police Department now has its first official liaison with the LGBTQ community. Officer Charles Strickland Jr. will serve as a resource for members of the LGBTQ community who are victims of crime.
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Many of us think of the community pool as a place to go to keep cool during the summer. Nowadays, there are many more ways to enjoy water for recreational use. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham Parks and Recreation and RATIO Design to talk about how Durham is planning to improve its aquatic facilities now and in the future – and how you can help by giving your input in this process.
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Water/Sewer Billing Efficiency Improvements Mean Potential Bill Date Change for Some Customers

As part of its commitment to water and sewer billing efficiency, the City is updating meter reading routes to decrease drive times and distances. These changes will affect the billing dates for a small percentage of customers. The recently completed installation of radio read meters now allows staff to read meters remotely. New billing dates based on these more efficient routes are scheduled to begin with November billing and will only affect 11 percent of customers. Individual letters have been mailed to these customers’ billing addresses, explaining the process in further detail. For information, call Durham One Call at 919-560-1200.

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Holiday Fun Fest - Dec. 3

Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Holiday Fun Fest on Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Durham County Stadium practice field, 705 Stadium Drive. More

Durham’s Holiday Parade Set for Dec. 10

The spirit of the holiday season will come alive at Durham’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Join your neighbors as they cheer on hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups and watch magical floats make their way through downtown Durham. More 

Edison Johnson Aquatic Center Closing For Repairs

Edison Johnson Aquatic Center will close for dehumidification repairs no later than Nov. 7. The facility is expected to remain closed until mid-February.

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/19/16 - Days of Supply: 226 - Reservoir Status: 99.9% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction Wrapup

The City of Durham Downtown Loop Waterline Replacement project is nearing an end and more than 12,000 linear feet of 1930's era water mains in Durham's Downtown Loop has been replaced. The City appreciates your patience as finishing touches are completed. Project information and updates are available on the website or contact any City or Kimley-Horn staff listed on the web page.

Shower Better Month

October is Shower Better Month, a time to encourage water conservation by taking shorter and smarter showers. In support of this annual effort, the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management hosted two #ShowerBetter community pop-up events this month. Water Management staff gave away more than 100 free EPA WaterSense-labeled showerheads to residents. These devices lessen water flow without affecting performance, and help users save up to 2,900 gallons of water annually. The department reminds everyone that they can purchase “Save Water Kits,” which include a WaterSense-labeled showerhead, faucet aerators, and more, for just $3 at the cashiering counter inside City Hall. Pledge to save water, one better shower at a time!

Get in the Know with the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Keeping up with City of Durham news and events has never been easier. The City has a Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram page making it even simpler to stay up-to-date on what's going on with your City government. Simply like the City's Facebook page or follow the City's Twitter feed or Instagram page. To check out a listing of all of the City's social media pages, visit the Office of Public Affairs website.
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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service via telephone at 919-560-1200 and in person at the City Hall lobby desk.  Durham One Call is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week via the City’s website. Durham One Call is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience on behalf of the City.

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Persons who require assistance should call 919-560-4197, or email no later than 48 hours before the event.
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