City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 46, December 30, 2016

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 

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New Volunteer Habitat Homes Dedicated
This fall, City and County  employees came together to volunteer their time as Durham United helped build two new Habitat for Humanity homes on Alma Street. The new homeowners above, the Jones family, celebrated the dedication of their new home on Dec. 17. BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina sponsored the house, while Durham United contributed more than 500 hours of volunteer support. City and County employees have worked together on at least nine Habitat homes since 2012.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed Monday For New Years

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of 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 be closed on Jan. 2. Trash and recycling collections will be delayed by one business day the week of Jan. 2 - Jan. 6. Yard waste and bulky items collections will operate under their normal schedule. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed Jan. 2. 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.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

The Durham Police Department is encouraging everyone to have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. Included are some tips to keep everyone safe. Celebrate safely: Don’t participate in celebratory gunfire. The act of pointing a gun towards the sky and firing shots into the air to commemorate an event or holiday is unsafe and against the law. More 

City Employees Raise More Than $90,000 For Durham Charities

The City of Durham's 7 Stars Employee Giving Campaign raised more than $90,000 for Durham charities this fall through pledge donations and department special events. Employees step up every year to make sure our neighbors and residents in need get help from Durham charities. A special thanks goes to the City of Durham employees who volunteer their time to make the 7 Stars Campaign a success every year. This year's committee included Michelle Burger, Chandra Fullard, Lisa Henty, Jacob Lerner, Marta Miller and Bridgette Robinson.

New Live Christmas Tree Recycling Collection Procedures

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 Jan. 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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City Hall This Week
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 Dec. 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 of 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 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

Parks and Recreation Notes

Kwanzaa Celebration Set For Tonight

Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture centered on seven basic principles as building blocks for peace and progress within neighborhoods. Parks and Recreation will honor community members that represent such values tonight with a celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 North Driver Street.

New Year, New You

Start the new year off right with a host of fun fitness activities. Enjoy a full week of free activities including land and water aerobics, martial arts, open gym and swim, dance classes and racquet sports. Activities will be at various times and locations. More

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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 Street to Elizabeth Street 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. Waterline installation on Ramseur Street between Dillard and Hood streets will begin. Westbound traffic and on-street parking on Ramseur Street will be closed.  Eastbound traffic will remain open. 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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