City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 20 - May 26, 2017

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial 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. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on May 29. Collection for all services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the entire week. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on June 2 will occur on June 5. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on May 29. For information on all closings and delays, visit the website.

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Modest Water and Sewer Rate Increase Approved

City water and sewer customers will be paying more for those services next year. The City Council approved modest rate increases at its May 15 meeting. For customers inside the city limits, this will mean a 2.6% increase for the average water and sewer bill. The increase is needed because of the rising operating costs to replace aging infrastructure and to meet more stringent regulatory requirements. See more on our Bull City Today episode.  

June 5 Public Hearing Set For FY 2017-2018 Budget

After budget discussions this week, City Council members and the administration will continue to review the proposed FY 2017-2018 budget as they prepare for the June 5 public hearing. City Manager Tom Bonfield proposed a 1.79-cent tax rate increase at the May 15 City Council meeting, bringing the new proposed tax rate to 57.86 cents per $100 of assessed value. “We’ve heard very clearly from residents and the City Council that we need to be doing more to provide affordable housing in our community,” Bonfield said, “The bulk of this tax rate increase is to address affordable housing, which was stressed as an urgent need from Durham residents at public meetings, including the Coffees with Council over the past few months.” The proposed tax rate generates a tax bill of $1,041 on a house valued at $180,000, the median house value for the City of Durham according to the Durham County Office of Tax Administration. This will result in the average homeowner paying $32 more than last year, or approximately $3 more per month. More

Durham Launches New UDO Search Feature

Durham residents, builders, and developers interested in everything from fence standards to zoning regulations to landscaping requirements can now more easily find that information. The Durham City-County Planning Department has launched a searchable and mobile-friendly feature to its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which can also be found on the Development Services Center website. The UDO, established in January 2006, is one of the primary regulatory documents for development in Durham County.  More  

Durham Seeks Input on Affordable Housing Density Bonus

Residents interested in Durham’s affordable housing density bonus program are invited to attend one of two upcoming public meetings to give their input. The Durham City-County Planning Department is seeking feedback on their proposed regulatory changes, which are intended to increase the likelihood of private developers building affordable housing units in targeted areas. Residents are invited to review the updated regulations, provide comments, and voice ideas and concerns at a public meeting on June 6. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. A presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by an open house. More

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With thousands of people moving into our area each year and our roadways clogged with traffic more than ever, many of us are looking for other ways to get around Durham and the Triangle. In this new episode,
CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with GoTriangle’s Mike Charbonneau and GoDurham’s Angel Gentry to talk about why transit is such a hot topic right now and all of the ways our transit leaders are working to address this issue. Watch the show.

Registration Open for G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp

Durham Police Department's G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Unit is accepting applications for its 2017 summer camps for youth ages 9 to 13. G.R.E.A.T. Camps are provided free-of-charge and can accommodate up to 30 youth each session. Three week-long sessions are offered June 19-23, July 10-14, or Aug. 14-18.  More

America’s Night Out Against Crime Set For Aug. 1

Registration is underway for Durham’s observance of National Night Out (NNO), America’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 1. Neighborhoods, agencies and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a NNO event or promotion. The evening of Aug. 1 residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement and public safety partners. Neighborhoods typically host events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime campaigns.  More 

Durham Launches Architectural Inventory Update

 A lot has changed in the Bull City over the last 35 years, and the memories and stories of residents are needed now to help update Durham’s Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Durham City-County Planning Department and Preservation Durham are collaborating to update this inventory, which was last completed in 1982, to bring this work up-to-date with additional documentation about structures and neighborhoods. The original inventory took a comprehensive look at the history, architecture, and development patterns of Durham and noted more than 900 structures built prior to 1940 along with brief histories of approximately 30 Durham neighborhoods and their patterns of development.  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.  No work will take place over the Memorial Day weekend. Next week, stormwater improvements along Ramseur Street between Dillard and Fayetteville streets will continue. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at stormwater crossing locations at Hood and South Elizabeth streets. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. Work includes preparing for final waterline connections at Commerce, East Main, Dillard and East Main streets. Various sanitary sewer installations in South Elizabeth and Hood streets between Ramseur and East Main streets will continue. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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