City Manager's Report 01062017

City Preparing Now for Predicted Winter Weather

The City of Durham is busy preparing to keep operations running smoothly ahead of this weekend’s predicted winter weather. If weather and road conditions worsen and operational decisions are made accordingly, residents and City employees are encouraged to stay up-to-date on information about City operational hours, program or service changes, trash and recycling collection delays, and more through the platforms available on the Durham Information Network: Facebook, Twitter, Durham One Call at 919-560-1200, and the Durham Television Network (Time Warner Cable channel 8 and AT&T U-verse, channel 99). More  

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Ready For The First Taste Of Winter
City employees have been working since Wednesday to prepare their snow removal equipment for the forecast of inclement weather this weekend.

Durham Continuum of Care Providers Win HUD Funding

Durham projects serving the needs of people without homes have received nearly $1.3 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The City's Community Development Department has been notified that HUD has awarded $1,282.978 to 12 Durham projects. The competitively awarded grants will help fund permanent housing for homeless persons and families, short-term rental subsidies, and Durham’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is a common database of the confidential records of Durham’s homeless people. More  

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Durham Debuts Bull City Today Jan. 10

To better inform and engage residents and visitors, the City of Durham is launching a daily video news show tailored for social media users and mobile devices. Beginning Jan. 10, the City’s followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube will be able to get City news every day – in 60 seconds or less – on Bull City Today. Each episode will feature one daily topic on a variety of issues ranging from City Council actions, upcoming City events and activities, and new or changing City-provided services and programs. The show will feature modernized graphics and feature open captioning so followers can watch without sound in their news feeds.  More

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City services and programs. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Jan. 16. Collection for all services, which includes solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the week of Jan. 16-20. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on Jan. 20 will instead occur on Jan. 23. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Jan. 16. For complete information on all closings and delays, visit the website.

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
City Council Approves Letter of Support for Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Funding

The City Council has approved a
letter of support  for a proposed funding plan for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project. While the bulk of the funding for the project will come from the federal government and the state, Durham County’s share is $135 million of the cost. The City agreed to work with the County on identifying local funding sources for the project.  Watch the show.

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 2017 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations

Nominations can now 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 are 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 until Feb. 20. More 

New Live Christmas Tree Recycling Collection Procedures

The City's Solid Waste Management Department is announcing new procedures as well as a collection time frame 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 by the end of business on Feb. 2. Yard Waste customers may place their trees on their curbs until 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 through Feb. 4. More 

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

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

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration

Join Durham Parks and Recreation on Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a rememberance of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville Street, is for the entire family and will include artistic and cultural activities. Volunteer opportunities are available. For information, call 919-560-4292, ext. 27372.

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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 1/4/17 - Days of Supply: 253 - Reservoir Status: 97% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction Wrapup

Happy New Year!  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 web page No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, waterline installation on East Main Street from Roxboro Street to Elizabeth Street 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. Late next week, it is anticipated that traffic and on-street parking on East Main Street between Roxboro and Dillard streets will be returned to its original pattern, and traffic on East Main Street between Dillard and Queen streets will be shifted to maintain traffic in both directions. Waterline service reconnections will be coordinated with affected parties at least seven days in advance of interruption. Pedestrian and driveway access will be maintained at all times. Waterline installation on Ramseur Street between Dillard and Hood streets, and Elizabeth Street from Ramseur Street toward Main Street will continue. Westbound traffic and on-street parking on Ramseur Street will be closed. Eastbound traffic will remain open. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for the westbound Ramseur Street detour using Main Street. 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 the Durham Information Network

Durham Information Network represents the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Included under this umbrella are all of the primary platforms used by the City to provide information and engage residents. Visit the Durham Information Network web page for quick access to all of our communication tools including existing social media platforms, Durham Television Network programming, the City Manager’s Report, and the Citizens’ Newsletter.

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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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