City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 46 - Dec. 15, 2017

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Christmas and New Year’s

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 1 for Christmas and New Year’s. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will operate under its normal collection schedule the week of Dec. 18-22. The department will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. As a result, trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one business day for the weeks of Dec. 25 - Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 - Jan. 5. Yard waste and bulky items collections will operate under the normal collection schedule the week of Jan. 1 - Jan. 5. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Dec. 23, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. These facilities will operate under the regular schedule on Dec. 26 and Dec. 30. For information on all closings and delays, visit the website

Mayor in Holiday Parade
Happy Holidays From the City of Durham
Mayor Steve Schewel took to the streets Dec. 2 to take part in the Durham Holiday Parade and wish parade goers a wonderful holiday season along with City Council members and the more than 2,400 City employees who work every day to serve Durham residents.

Announcing Durham City Council At-Large Vacancy

The Durham City Council is accepting applications to fill the At-Large vacancy for the unexpired term created by former City Council Member Steve Schewel, who was elected Mayor during the 2017 municipal election. The term of this At-Large vacancy expires in November 2019.  More 

Durham Recognized for National Excellence in Sustainability

Durham has been recognized as a 4-STAR Community for national excellence in sustainability through the STAR Community Rating SystemTM, the nation’s leading framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability using standardized performance measures. Through the STAR certification process, Durham was evaluated across eight goal areas related to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Durham is also the first community in the nation to receive recognition under the STAR Community Rating System version 2.0, which features new and updated metrics from the previous version.  More

Durham Seeks 2018 Golden Leaf Award Nominees

Beginning Jan. 2, nominations can be submitted to recognize properties that illustrate the best visual or environmental contributions to Durham through the 2018 Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance. The awards program, sponsored by the Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc., and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board, recognizes new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the built environment.  More

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New ideas and innovative solutions are taking shape in City Hall thanks to a fledgling partnership with four startups. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Senior Budget & Management Analyst Ben Kittelson with the City’s Budget and Management Services Department and Dropark CEO Mahdi Inaya to talk about how the Innovate Durham Program is supporting businesses while finding new ways to improve City government operations.
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Don’t Advertise Your Gifts to Thieves

When electronics boxes and other gift packaging are placed curbside for disposal on recycling collection day, passersby are inadvertently informed of valuables in your home. Television, computer, and gaming system boxes generally attract the most interest. So here’s a tip from the Durham Police Department. Don’t publicize the gifts you receive. Instead of putting boxes curbside this holiday, break boxes down to fit your recycling cart or use a designated recycling site to throw boxes away. More 

Durham Seeks Organizations to Apply for Housing Funds

The City's Community Development Department plans to release applications via ZoomGrants for Home Investment Partnership (HOME), HOME Community Development Housing Organization (CHDO), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Dedicated Housing Funds (DHF) for the FY 2018-2019 period.  More

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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 12/13/17 - Days of Supply: 145 - Reservoir Status: 55.7% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

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. There will be no work this weekend. Next week, Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewerline installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as waterline installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster Street and North Duke Street as water services are connected to the new waterline. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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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 webpage 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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