City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 44, December 9, 2016

Holiday Parade Set For Tomorrow

Durham residents and visitors will celebrate the holiday season tomorrow at Durham’s Holiday Parade. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building at Main and Dillard streets and end near Duke University's East Campus at Main Street and Buchanan Boulevard. Parade Marshal Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell will lead floats, hometown bands, drill teams, schools, community groups and more as they make their way down Main Street. More 

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Tis The Season
Durham kids kicked-off the holiday season last weekend at the Parks and Recreation Holiday Fun Fest at Durham County Stadium. There was sledding, pony rides, games and food to celebrate the season. There will also be festivities tomorrow as the Durham Holiday Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

Police Employees Help to Make the Season Bright

Toy drives, shopping sprees, homeless outreach, neighborhood winter celebrations and holiday safety campaigns are among the gifts Durham Police Department employees are giving to the community this season. Police officers and non-sworn personnel across the department are hosting and supporting various charitable, educational and recreational efforts as part of the department’s annual holiday initiatives. More

New Live Christmas Tree Recycling Collection Procedures Set

The City's Solid Waste Management Department is announcing new procedures as well as a collection timeframe to request free curbside collection of live Christmas trees. Non-Yard Waste customers must contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 to have a “Christmas Tree Collection” service request created between Jan. 3 and the end of business on Feb. 2. Yard Waste customers may place their trees on their curbs between Jan. 3 and Feb. 2 to be collected as part of their regular service. The City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center will also accept live Christmas trees at no charge from Jan. 3 through Feb. 4. More 

Thank You Firefighters

Firefighters from Durham and across the state did their part in November to help bring forest fires in the North Carolina mountains under control. More than 5,000 acres in Rutherford County alone were destroyed and governments from across the region are doing their part to thank the hundreds of firefighters who worked tirelessly to bring the fires under control. Durham, like many other cities and counties, offers its thanks to firefighters from throughout the state.

Durham Expands Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Small business owners interested in expanding their operations should make plans now to apply for an innovative new program designed to help them access the capital they need to grow. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the City's Small Business Advisory Committee, Accelerate 60: Meet Your Lender Match in 60 Days is a new program that offers an accelerated path for small business owners seeking financing. The program, designed to help improve the probability of accessing capital, is open to small or medium-sized businesses with two years of profitable business operations. The application deadline is today. More 

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City Hall This Week
Several Sidewalk Projects Move Ahead Throughout City

Several sidewalk projects are moving ahead throughout the city. Durham has received federal funding for five projects that were identified in the DurhamWalks! Pedestrian Plan. Find out where these projects are located. 
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If you’re considering a career as a police officer, now may be the time for you to take the next step and serve in Durham. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Sergeant David English with the Durham Police Department’s
Recruiting Unit to talk about the new hiring incentives available and how the department hopes to recruit and keep more officers in the Bull City. In the second segment, Officers Charles Strickland, Jr. and Obed Ortiz, the department’s LGBTQ and Hispanic liaisons, share more about their new roles and why they’re needed in Durham.  Watch the show.

North Carolina Transportation Survey               

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking resident input regarding transportation in the state. Residents wishing to participate can visit the website to take the 15-minute survey on how the department is serving its customers. More

Durham Seeks Organizations to Apply for Federal Grant Funds

The City's Community Development Department is inviting interested organizations to attend an application workshop next week to help them apply for soon-to-be-released federal grant funds. Applications are available via ZoomGrants for the Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership-Community Development Housing Organization, Emergency Solutions Grant, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Grant, and Dedicated Housing Funds for the FY 2017-2018 period.  More

Recognize A Good Deed With a Neighbor Spotlight Award

Do you have a neighbor who has gone above and beyond to improve your neighborhood? Say thanks by nominating him or her for the Neighbor Spotlight Award! Winners are recognized during a City Council meeting; receive a lawn sign to display their selection as a Neighbor Spotlight; and are highlighted on the City of Durham website, in the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services newsletter, and in The Herald-Sun. Get more details about this program, including an online submission form and a list of previous winners on the website.

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Indian Trail Park Playground Meeting

Durham residents are invited to see the drawings of the new playground scheduled to be installed at Indian Trail Park, 1701 Albany Street in early 2017. Residents can stop by on Dec. 15 between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Walltown Park Recreation Center, 1308 West Club Boulevard to see designs and provide feedback.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 12/7/2016 - Days of Supply: 230 - Reservoir Status: 93% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction Wrapup

Final paving for the Downtown Loop project has been completed!  In the coming weeks, minor touch-ups and restoration work will wrap up. Thank you for your patience during these much-needed infrastructure improvements. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week,  waterline installation will continue on East Main Street from Roxboro to Dillard streets. There will be lane shifts on East Main Street between Roxboro and Dillard streets. Traffic will be shifted to maintain flow in both directions. On-street parking will be closed in the work area. In other areas of downtown, varying daytime lane and parking closures will be required for minor touch-up work. 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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