City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 40, October 28, 2016

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Durham residents and businesses looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste and shred confidential documents should attend the City of Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event next week. The event will be on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper. Hard plastic toys as well as plastic and metal lawn furniture may also be dropped off for recycling.  More

City employees at Fall Leadership Confernence

Taking Time For Growth
Many City employees took time for growth and leadership training this week at the annual Fall Leadership Conference. Speakers addressed organizational leadership and communication styles, collaboration and coaching for the nearly 300 employees in attendance. The group also took part in activities led by the new Office of Performance and Innovation. Above, City employees came up with improvement ideas and developed prototypes to display their efforts.

Police to Hold Trunk or Treat Event Tomorrow

The Community Resource Unit of the Durham Police Department is holding a Trunk or Treat event tomorrow, at the Walmart Supercenter at 1525 Glenn School Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers, passer-byers, and the general public are invited to participate in the festivities. The event is the culminating activity of the department’s observance of National Crime Prevention Month.  A variety of public safety vehicles will be on display and furnished with candy treats for participants. Trick-or-Treating safety tips and crime prevention materials will also be available for pick-up. While supplies last, children ages 5 to 9 are eligible to receive a LED light up bracelet to promote pedestrian safety on Halloween and throughout the year. More

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Veterans Day

Most City of Durham offices will be closed Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov. 11. There are no changes to solid waste or recycling collection schedules. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on Nov. 11 will instead occur on Nov. 14. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Nov. 11 and will reopen under normal operating schedules on Nov. 12. For a complete schedule of closings and delays, visit the website.

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

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City Hall This Week

Four Durham Neighborhoods Receive Grants
The quality of life in four Durham neighborhoods is about to be improved by projects funded with City grants. The Neighborhood Improvement Services Department has awarded funding through its Neighborhood Matching Grants Program
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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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City & County Mark National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Oct. 23-29 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and the City of Durham Department of Water Management has partnered with The Durham County Department of Public Health to help raise awareness about this important annual observance.  National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week focuses on the many ways parents can reduce children’s exposure to lead in their environment and prevent its serious health effects. This year, a special focus on lead in drinking water has been added, along with the slogan: “Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future.”  More

Board of Elections Provides Absentee Ballot Update

Voters that prefer to cast their ballot by mail or are unable to make it to a voting location this year can request a ballot to be mailed to their location. These ballots must be requested by Nov. 1. Ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections by mail or delivered in person by 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. If the ballots are mailed, they must be postmarked by Nov. 8 and received no later than Nov. 14.  More 

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 10/26/16 - Days of Supply: 225 - Reservoir Status: 99% - 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. This weekend, Mangum Street will be closed from City Hall Plaza to Ramseur Street from 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 through 6 a.m. on Oct. 31.  Cross traffic on Parrish and Main streets will also be closed during same time. Downtown businesses will remain open and accessible during the work. Next week, water and sewer line replacements will continue on Roney Street between Morris and Hunt streets. A portion of Roney Street will be closed to accommodate the work. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Private parking facilities will remain open during construction. On-street parking along Roney Street will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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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