City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 8 - February 24, 2017

New On-Street Parking Meters Start Monday

Beginning Monday, finding on-street parking in Durham’s bustling downtown will be easier thanks to the installation of the City's new on-street parking meters. The Transportation Department is beginning the new metered on-street parking on Feb. 27.  It features new parking meters for approximately 1,000 spaces throughout the downtown area. The new on-street parking will use a combination of single-space parking meters and multi-space pay stations, which will accept credit and debit card, cash and coin payments, and be compatible with Passport’s pay-by-phone app. The on-street hourly parking rate will be $1.50 per hour, and many spaces will have a time limit enforced during peak usage hours to encourage faster turnover.  More

Contractors install pay parking signs on downtown streets
Parking Meters Begin Operation On Monday
City Sign Shop employees install pay parking signs on Parrish Street in preparation for the debut of on-street parking meters throughout downtown next week.
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Durham Mayor Presents Final State of the City Address Feb. 28

As Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell’s term comes to an end, he will host his final State of the City Address with insights on the past, present and future of Durham. This Feb. 28 luncheon event will honor Mayor Bell for his 40 years of public service and 16 years as mayor of Durham. As part of this year’s address, WRAL-TV Anchor and Reporter Gerald Owens will host a conversation-style interview with Mayor Bell looking back over his 40 years of service, followed by remarks from Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Geoff Durham on what’s next for the Bull City.  More

City Hosts Construction-Related Job Fair Tomorrow

The Public Works Department is hosting a job fair tomorrow featuring a variety of currently available construction-related positions. These full-time positions offer stability, an excellent benefits package, and competitive pay. Featured positions include senior laborers, heavy equipment operators, and crew chiefs. Potential applicants are encouraged to come prepared by bringing their valid driver’s license and being ready to provide on-site interviews and skills testing on heavy equipment. Applicants must have a minimum of one year previous construction experience. The fair will be held at the Public Works Operations Center, 1100 Martin Luther King, Jr., Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  More

City To Perform Temporary Water Disinfection Changeover

Beginning this week, Durham water customers may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of their tap water through the month of March. The City's Department of Water Management is performing its annual water treatment disinfection changeover process, which begins today and takes about four weeks to complete. This process is required by federal and state regulations, and is performed each year during the spring. It will not affect the safety or quality of Durham’s drinking water.  More 

Durham Budget Priority Survey for Resident Input Available; Coffees With Council Continue

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. The next Coffee with Council meeting will be March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Committee Room, 101 City Hall Plaza. 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 through March 31.  More

Durham Seeks Input on 75 Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects

With 75 projects now identified in the Durham Bike+Walk Plan as immediate priorities, residents can now give their input on how best to improve these locations. This latest step in public outreach by the Transportation Department is to continue progress on the Durham Bike+Walk Plan. The plan is helping identify where bicycle and pedestrian facilities are most critically needed to improve safety, connectivity, and quality of life. A map and list of 25 corridors, 25 intersections, and 25 sidewalk gaps can now be found on the City’s project website and the Durham Bike+Walk project website. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on the draft list, the issues they are experiencing at these locations, and the type of improvements they would like to see. Comments can be shared on the website or by contacting Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planner Bryan Poole with the City’s Transportation Department at 919-560-4366, ext. 36423, or by email throughout February. More

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If you live, work or visit downtown Durham, you know that finding on-street parking can be a challenge. That’s about to change thanks to the City's new on-street parking program. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Thomas Leathers with the Transportation Department's Parking Management Division to talk about the new parking meters that will soon be lining many downtown streets and other changes coming to the parking program.
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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 

Durham YouthWork Summer Internship Program Hosts Application Assistance Sessions

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is hosting six community-wide sessions in the coming weeks to help youth complete the online application process for possible summer internships. The Durham YouthWork Internship Program 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, 2017.  More 

Police to Host Community Safety Workshop April 1

The Durham Police Department Community Resource Unit is holding its annual Community Workshop on April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan Street. Session topics will include: Synthetic Drugs, Burglary Awareness, Court Watch, Victim Services, Citizen Observer Patrol and You & Five 0 - a presentation on police protocols and resident rights. Participation is limited to the first 150 persons who confirm attendance by March 17. 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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Jr. Fire Marshal Academy Seeks Future Firefighters

Learn about all things fire at the City of Durham’s 12th Annual Jr. Fire Marshal Academy. The theme for the April 10-13 academy is “Emergency Services.” The free program is sponsored by the Durham Fire Department in partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation and is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn about careers in the fire industry as well as acquire real life skills through fun and hands on activities. The last day to register is March 20.  More 

Durham Teens Learn Lifesaving Skills To Prepare For Summer Jobs

Durham Parks and Recreation will be giving teens an opportunity to learn lifesaving skills and train for a job at the same time. Interested teens ages 16-19 can participate in the Durham Aquatic School and become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. The Weekender Course will be held at Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Avenue, on March 10-12 and March 17-19 and the Spring Break Course will be held at Edison Johnson Aquatics Center, 500 W. Murray Avenue, on April 8 and April 10-13.  More 

Durham Parks and Recreation Offers Youth Summer Camp

Registration for Durham Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) 2017 summer camp season will begin on March 13 at 8:30 a.m. Registration is available online or at any DPR recreation center.  A login account and ID are required to register online. Instructions can be found at DPR offers camps for youth ages 5-12 and camps for teens ages 13-17. More    
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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 Dillard Street to Elizabeth / Commerce streets will continue. East Main Street traffic between Dillard and Elizabeth / Commerce streets 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. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings / facilities, including Oldham Towers will be maintained at all times. Waterline service installation and testing on Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth streets will continue. Localized lane closures on Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth Streets will be required. Waterline service reconnections will be coordinated with affected parties on Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth streets at least 7 days in advance of interruption.

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