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

Creek Week Leads Durham Community in Caring for Waterways

Care about the condition of our local waterways like the Eno River, below? Then mark your calendars now to celebrate the ninth annual Creek Week March 18-25. Creek Week offers indoor and outdoor activities to help people of all ages and abilities learn more about creeks, rivers, and lakes and how to keep them healthy. During this week-long event, residents have a chance to join litter cleanups, tour a water reclamation facility, go on a canoe adventure, learn from master naturalists, and enjoy family fun. New for this year, the Third Friday Arts Initiative on March 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will help kick off the week’s events with water-related art installations, open studios, and interactive pop-ups at Pleiades Gallery, Golden Belt, The Makery, and Duke Center for Documentary Studies.  More

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Waterways such as the Eno River will be busy March 18-25 as Durham residents take part in Creek Week activities.

City Seeks People’s Choice Votes for 2017 Golden Leaf Awards

Durham residents are invited to vote for the properties they like the best for the 2017 Golden Leaf Awards. The City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking voters for the People’s Choice Award to be presented at the Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony next month. Residents can now choose their favorite project by visiting the Golden Leaf Awards website to review all of the nominated properties and casting their vote. The voting period for the People’s Choice Award is through March 17.  More

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

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 tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Campus Hills Recreation Center, 2000 South Alston Avenue. The final session will be on March 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 North Driver Street. 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 Hosts Women’s Forum March 23

Five successful women will share their personal experiences and insights on how they mastered challenges and overcame obstacles on their roads to success during the City of Durham’s 15th Annual Women’s Forum on March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by La Noticia, Inc. Publisher and CEO Hilda Gurdian. Parents and youth are encouraged to attend this forum to learn about potential career choices.  More 

Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan Meeting Set

Residents who want to know how the City plans to improve the Eno River Watershed should mark their calendars to attend a March 21 public information session. The session will be held March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Durham County North Regional Library at 221 Milton Road. The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of stream field studies and gather input from residents. The session also includes an interactive children’s exhibit about some of the animals and plants that live in the Eno River watershed. More 

Neighborhoods Sought for New Matching Grant Health Program

Groups seeking to make their neighborhoods healthier places to live may now receive funds for projects through a new City grant program. The Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is launching Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health, which provides grants up to $1,500 to neighborhood and homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit residents’ health. More

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City Performing Temporary Water Disinfection Changeover

Durham water customers may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of their tap water through March. The Department of Water Management is performing its annual water treatment disinfection changeover process, which 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 

Youth Invited to Apply for Durham's Summer YouthWork Internships

Durham youth looking to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience can 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 

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 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.  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 

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Jr. Fire Marshal Academy Seeks Future Firefighters

Learn about all things fire at the 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 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

Teens Learn Lifesaving Skills To Prepare For Summer Jobs

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, March 10-12 and March 17-19. The Spring Break Course will be held at Edison Johnson Aquatics Center, 500 West Murray Avenue, on April 8 and April 10-13.  More 

Parks and Recreation Offers Youth Summer Camp

Registration for Durham Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) 2017 summer camp season will begin 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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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, there will be lane shifts on East Main Street between Dillard and Hood streets. On-street parking will be closed in the work area. Lane closures and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at Main / South Elizabeth / Commerce and at waterline crossing locations on Main Street.  Varying lane closures on Ramseur, Hood, and South Elizabeth streets at water service crossing locations. Traffic control signs and marking or flaggers will be used at the crossing locations.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement project.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, waterline replacement will be performed on Mangum Street from Hunt Street to Morgan Street. Mangum Street will be reduced to a single lane. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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