City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 4 - January 27, 2017
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It is Time To Talk Budget Again

It is truly amazing how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that we were working on the budget for this year, but we are hard at work again working on the budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. Every year is different and we look forward to this year's unique challenges. In addition to all of the work our departments are putting in, we would also like to hear from you as to what you think our budget priorities should be. One great way to voice your opinion is through our new budget priority survey. Use this site to let us know your thoughts or join us at a Coffee with Council meeting. See the story below for information on where and when the meetings will be held. We look forward to seeing you as we develop the 2017-2018 budget.

Durham City Council listens during a 2016 Coffee with Council session.
Coffee With Council Sessions Set
Durham City Council listens during a 2016 Coffee with Council Session. This year's sessions will begin on Feb. 11 at the Lyon Park Community Family Life and Recreation Center at 1309 Halley Street.

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

Annual Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program Rescheduled

The Durham City and County Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee Observance Program, originally set for Jan. 11, will take place on Feb. 8 beginning at noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street. The keynote speakers will be Rev. Dr. Michael D. Page, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church and director of United Christian Campus Ministry serving North Carolina Central University and former commissioner for the Durham Board of County Commissioners, and Rev. Dr. Carl W. Kenney, II, a columnist with the Raleigh News and Observer and co-executive producer of “God of the Oppressed.” More 

Durham Youth Invited to Apply for Summer YouthWork Internships

Durham youth who want to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience may now apply for summer employment. The Durham YouthWork Internship Program, administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, is accepting online applications for approximately 200 summer employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14–24. Hourly wages will range from $7.25 to $12, and the deadline to apply is March 31. Selected youth will begin work in mid-June with job assignments typically lasting between six and eight weeks. Participants will also take part in a job skills workshop led by Durham Public Schools and professionals from local businesses and organizations. 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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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 has adopted 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 

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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 status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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. This weekend, East Main Street traffic traveling between Roxboro and Dillard streets will be returned to its original pattern, while East Main Street traffic traveling between Dillard and Elizabeth streets will be shifted to maintain both directions of travel. Traffic in both directions will be maintained throughout traffic. Next week, waterline installation on East Main Street from Roxboro Street to Elizabeth Street will continue. East Main Street traffic between Dillard and Elizabeth streets will be shifted to maintain traffic in both directions. On-street parking along East Main Street will be closed to accommodate the waterline installation. Waterline installation on Hood Street between Ramseur and East Main streets will take place. Southbound traffic and on-street parking on Hood Street will be closed. Northbound traffic will remain open. Minor touch-up work including curb, gutter, sidewalk repairs, and final pavement markings will be completed throughout downtown. Varying daytime lane and parking closures will occur.

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