City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 45, December 16, 2016

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Christmas and New Years

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency concerns may be directed to (919) 560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will operate under its normal collection schedules for yard waste and bulky items on Dec. 23. Trash and recycling collections for the week of Dec. 19-23 will not be impacted. However, the department will be closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Trash and recycling collections will be delayed by one business day for the weeks of Dec. 26 - Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 - Jan. 6. Yard waste and bulky items collections will operate under their normal schedules the weeks of Dec. 26 - Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 - Jan. 6. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2. These facilities will operate under their regular schedules on Dec. 23 and Dec. 31. Residents are reminded to place their carts at the curb by 6 a.m. the day of their scheduled collections. For complete information on closings and delays, visit the website

City Council in Holiday Parade
Happy Holidays
Members of the Durham City Council wave to the many residents lining Main Street for Saturday's Holiday Parade. Thanks to the many parade participants and the residents of Durham for coming out and making it a fun and festive morning.

Durham Seeks 2017 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations

Beginning Jan. 4, nominations can be submitted to recognize properties that illustrate the best visual or environmental contributions to the Durham community. The Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board will be seeking 2017 Golden Leaf Awards nominations, which recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the built environment.  Nominations can be submitted online between Jan. 4 and Feb. 20. More 

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 

Durham City and County Partner for 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program

Durham City and County governments will partner for their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee Observance Program at noon on January 11. This year marks the 12th annual celebration honoring the visionary leader’s legacy. The event will include remarks from local leaders and elected officials and musical selections from the Durham City-County MLK Employee Choir. The program is free and open to the public. More

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Durham Celebrates Successful Return of Holiday Parade
The City is celebrating what appears to be the successful return of the Holiday Parade. Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown on December 10 to watch the two-hour parade make its way down Main Street. Floats, bands, drill teams, athletic teams, motorcycle clubs, Santa himself and many others marched, drove or rode down the 1.3 mile parade route from Dillard Street to Duke University’s East campus
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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.

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

City Manager's Report Takes A Holiday Break

With City employees taking a break next Friday for the holidays, the City Manager's Report will not publish. Look for it again on Dec. 30.

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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 12/14/16 - Days of Supply: 229 - Reservoir Status: 92% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. - For information, visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction Wrapup

As minor touch-up and restorative work is finalized in the Downtown Loop, further improvements to the City’s waterline infrastructure will continue along the East Main Street corridor. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the project webpage. Next week, waterline installation on East Main Street from Roxboro to Dillard streets will continue. Traffic on East Main Street will be shifted to maintain traffic in both directions. On-street parking along East Main Street will be closed to accommodate the waterline installation. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. No work is planned for Dec. 22-26. The week of Dec. 27, waterline installation in East Main Street from Roxboro to Dillard streets will continue. Traffic on East Main Street will be shifted in order to maintain traffic in both directions.  On-street parking along East Main Street will be closed to accommodate the waterline installation. 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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