City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 2 - January 13, 2017

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.

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Downtown Deep Freeze
Downtown may have looked quiet to those who ventured out during this week's snow and ice event, but City employees were on the move as they worked around the clock to remove snow and ice from more than 1,000 lane miles and downtown sidewalks, responded to emergency calls and kept the vehicles in constant need in working order. Thank you, police, fire, public works, transportation, water management, solid waste and all who went the extra mile to assist. You help make Durham a great place to live.

Downtown Parking Garage Community Visioning Session Jan. 25

Construction of a new downtown parking garage is set to begin later this year and the City of Durham wants resident and stakeholder input now as it begins the design process. The $23 million project, to be located on a 1.2 acre site bounded by Rigsbee Avenue, West Morgan Street and North Mangum Street, will be a mixed-use parking deck with approximately 750-800 parking spaces. The garage will also contain 15,000-20,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 5,000 square feet for a centralized parking office. The project is anticipated to be under construction in fall 2017, with a completion date in late 2018. A visioning session on this project is set for Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street. More 

Durham Hosts E-Waste, Christmas Tree Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and drop-off of their live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event later this month. The event will be on Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to unload old electronics, trees, and paper.  More 

Pardon Our Dust

The City-County Planning and Inspections departments are undergoing changes and some offices are relocated to allow for construction. The Customer Service and Plan Intake functions of the departments will be temporarily operating out of the conference room area on the ground floor of City Hall. The move will allow for construction of the new Development Services Center. The new center will coordinate administrative reviews, permits and approvals for departments, agencies and advisory boards, providing a "one-stop shop" experience for customers. Telephone numbers, office hours and services will remain unchanged. For information, contact Patrick Young, assistant director of City-County Planning, by email or call 919-560-4137, ext. 28273.

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Bull City Wrap
Find out how critical operations in Durham fared during the recent winter weather.
Durham is implementing new curbside live Christmas tree collection procedures.
Find out what Durham is doing to support people living with AIDS.
The Southside neighborhood’s Piedmont Rentals project in Durham is nearing completion.
Urban Ministries of Durham’s Community Kitchen will continue to receive Durham support.  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 Joins Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team Program In Latest Expansion

Bloomberg Philanthropies has recognized the City of Durham as a new member of its Innovation Team program, which helps City Halls drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents. Durham was selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to designing and delivering bold solutions to complex problems. Other cities selected for the global program include Be’er Sheva, Israel; Toronto, Canada, and Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore; and Detroit. The program will allow the City to fund an in-house innovation team to pioneer new approaches that improve the lives of residents.  More  

Durham Field Crews Study Eno River for Watershed Improvement Plan

If you live near the Eno River watershed in Durham, you may notice field crews now at work as they conduct stream assessments to study the Eno River and its tributaries. These scientists and engineers are recording details about stream banks, aquatic life, and water chemistry that will inform later phases of the City of Durham’s Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan. The team plans to cover 72 miles of stream over the next 20 days. Field workers will wear safety vests and carry identifying credentials as well as have project information sheets available upon request. Residents can read more about this project and receive updates by visiting the project Web page as well as the division’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. For information, contact Sandra Wilbur by email or call 919-560-4326, ext. 30286. More

Community Nominations Sought for Police Service Awards

The Durham Police Department (DPD) welcomes community nominations for two of its service awards that recognize commendable law enforcement and public safety service. Eligible nominees include DPD employees (officers and non-sworn personnel) as well as members of the general public (residents, organizations, DPD volunteers, programs, etc.). DPD accepts nominations from the public/community for the Certificate of Merit, presented to DPD employees (police officers and non-sworn staff) for outstanding performance or devotion to duty. The Community Service Medal is presented to DPD employees (police officers and non–sworn staff), as well as residents, community groups, civic organizations or programs for service to the community ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty that promotes public safety. The deadline for submissions is March 10.  More  

Durham Debuts Bull City Today

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. The City’s followers on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube can now get City news every day – in 60 seconds or less – on Bull City Today. Each episode features 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 features modernized graphics and features open captioning so followers can watch without sound in their news feeds.  More

Bull City Wrap is also a new program dedicated to informing residents about what is going on inside City Hall.

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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. Applications are due by Jan. 24  More

Parks and Recreation Notes

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration

Join Durham Parks and Recreation tomorrow 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.

Conservation At Work and Home

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Construction Wrapup

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 1/11/17 - Days of Supply: 258 - Reservoir Status: 98% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect.  For information: visit

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 website. Next week, there will be lane shifts on East Main Street between Roxboro and Elizabeth streets.  On-street parking will be closed in the work area. Lane closures and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at Main / Queen, Main / Dillard, Main / Elizabeth, and waterline crossing locations on Main Street.  Westbound traffic on Ramseur Street between Dillard and Hood streets will be closed.  On-street parking will be closed in the work area. Southbound traffic on South Elizabeth Street between East Main and Ramseur streets will be closed. On-street parking will be closed in the work area. 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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