City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 41, November 4, 2016

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Veterans Day

Most City of Durham offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 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.

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Halloween Moon In Daylight
Nothing makes a Halloween scene like a full moon shining through fall foliage. This moon painting on the side of a Foster Street building really sets off the colors of the tree next to it.

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 tomorrow 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

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New Green Bike Lanes Increase Visibility

This week the City of Durham Transportation Department installed green pavement markings within the bicycle lane at the intersection of Duke University Road and Chapel Hill Road. In 2014, bicyclist Kent Winberry died from injuries sustained in a crash with a motor vehicle at the intersection. The green lane markings increase the visibility of the bike lane and identify the area to drivers and bicyclists as an area of conflict. This is the first time green lane markings have been used in Durham, and other locations are being considered for similar treatment.

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

City Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City of Durham has been recognized for the 28th consecutive year for its budget reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), a professional association of more than 18,000 members throughout North America that has served the public finance profession since 1906. GFOA presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City’s Budget and Management Services Department  for its 2016-2017 fiscal year annual budget. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program and the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.  More

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City Hall This Week

Operational Study Offers Recommendations for Durham Police Department
The results of an
external study on the way the Durham Police Department operates found the department to be a generally efficient and well-organized agency, but recommended a number of adjustments to further improve operations. Watch the show.

Nothing kicks off the holiday season like a
parade! But, for a number of years, Durham has gone without a traditional parade through the heart of the city. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Parade Grand Marshal Mayor Bill Bell and Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson to talk about why Durham is bringing back what was once a long-standing Bull City tradition, and why you and your family shouldn’t miss it. Watch the show.
Cub Scout fingerprinting

Cub Scouts Get A Law Enforcement Lesson

Bear Cub Scout Cameron Reeves volunteers to get his fingerprints taken as his troop visits the Police District 5 Sub Station this week. The troop is working on its forensics requirement for advancement. Cub Scout Pack 424 visited the Police Department to complete one of two adventure loops for Bear Scouts. 

Big Sweep Volunteers Collect More Than 12,000 Pounds Of Litter

October's Durham Big Sweep saw 583 volunteers pick up more than 12,600 pounds of littler from the city's streams, streets and parks. The collaboration of the City's Stormwater Services Division, the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District, the City's departments of Neighborhood Improvement Services and General Services supported the effort.

2016 KDB Tree Giveaway & Food Drive

Thanks to a donation from the Alliance for Community Trees, Keep Durham Beautiful will be distributing 300 tree seedlings at the Durham Farmer's Market, 501 Foster St., on Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring in a healthy item for the food drive and get a free tree. More

Police Athletic League Holds Soccer Showcase Events

The Durham Police Athletic League will conclude it's fall season with showcase events this month. Nearly 180 elementary school students from 15 elementary schools take part in the league guided by 18 police officers and 3 non-sworn staff. The final games will take place at Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street, on Nov. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.  More 

City Manager's Report Takes Veteran's Day Off

City employees will take next Friday off to honor the contributions of America's veterans and their families. With that, the City Manager's Report will not publish next week, but return on Nov. 18.

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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 11/2/16 - Days of Supply: 220 - Reservoir Status: 97% - 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. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, preparations for final paving on Mangum and Chapel Hill streets, and other areas throughout the downtown will continue. Daytime lane and parking closures will be utilized for pavement milling and adjustments necessary prior to final asphalt surface installation. There will be uneven pavement in all milled areas. Cyclists should be cautious if riding in these areas. Traffic on Mangum Street will be maintained at all times. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for lane closures and traffic shifts. A westbound closure of Chapel Hill Street between Ramseur and Pettigrew streets will be required while active work is taking place. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Water and sewer line replacements and restoration will continue in Roney Street between Morris and Hunt streets. Project information and updates are available on the website or contact any City or Kimley-Horn staff listed on the web page.

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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