City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 3 - January 20, 2017

Durham Debuts New Budget Priority Survey for Resident Input

Durham residents interested in giving their input on how the City of Durham should spend their tax dollars in the coming year now have more ways to provide feedback including a new online survey, Coffee with Council meetings, and upcoming public hearings. New for this year, residents are encouraged to give their input on how the City spends its resources through a budget priority survey. From sidewalks and bike lanes to parks and streets, residents can provide their thoughts on what they believe their neighborhood needs. The survey is open now through March 31. Residents may also give budget input directly to the City Council during the upcoming Coffee with Council meetings, which will also include a presentation on the City’s budget outlook for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The first Coffee with Council meeting will be on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lyon Park Community Family Life and Recreation Center at 1309 Halley St. More

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Downtown Look Continues To Change
Durham's downtown skyline continues to evolve as One City Center rises toward the top of the 21C hotel and  beyond. The $86 million, 27-story project will include office, retail and residential units and is scheduled to be completed around mid-2018.

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 tomorrow 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 

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 Now Accepts Photos with 911 Texts from Sprint Customers

Sprint customers have a new way to provide more information to the Durham Emergency Communications Center when they send a text to 911 – they can now attach a photo. Since 2011, texting to the Durham Emergency Communications has been available for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers. However, Sprint is the first national carrier to enable its customers to have the ability to attach a photo, making the Durham Emergency Communication Center the only center in North Carolina to offer 911 texting service with photo attachments for Sprint customers. More  

Durham Police Department Launches Police-to-Citizen (P2C) Site

The Durham Police Department has launched its new Police to Citizen (P2C) online service to help people find information related to services provided by the department.  P2C will help people enter certain incident reports, perform simple searches and retrieve, download and print certain reports. The site is located at The new site gives users the ability to report incidents, search for reports filed, read daily bulletins, access the CrimeStoppers Most Wanted list and the latest missing persons list.  More 

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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 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 

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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

Playground at Forest Hills Park Temporarily Closed for Renovations

The playground at Forest Hills Park has been closed for renovations. The work includes replacing the swing set and the rubber surface throughout the playground. Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to be complete by the end of January. For information, call 919-560-4355 or visit the website.

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 1/18/17 - Days of Supply: 259 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit www.durhamnc.govn

Conservation At Work and Home

East Main Street Waterline Replacement Project Update

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 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. It is anticipated that traffic and on-street parking in East Main Street between Roxboro and Dillard streets will be returned to its original pattern, and traffic in East Main Street between Dillard and Queen streets will be shifted to maintain traffic in both directions. Waterline service reconnections will be coordinated with businesses and residents at least seven days in advance of interruption. Waterline installation in Ramseur Street between Dillard and Hood streets, and Hood Street from Ramseur Street toward Main Street will take place. Westbound traffic and on-street parking on Ramseur Street will be closed.  Eastbound traffic will remain open. Southbound traffic and on-street parking on Hood Street will be closed. Northbound traffic will remain open.  Traffic control signs and markings will be used for the southbound Hood Street detour using Elizabeth and Fayetteville streets.

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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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