City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 47 - Dec. 22, 2017
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Have a Joyous Holiday and Great New Year

The end of the calendar year marks a time of reflection for many. As a city government, we continually push each other to improve and overcome challenges for our organization and our residents. We have a long list of accomplishments that have made Durham a better place to live. We have achieved many goals, but there is still much to do. With the holiday season upon us, it is time to be grateful for all we have done together to make Durham a welcoming and award-winning city. Here’s to a joyful and relaxing holiday season for you and your family.

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Holiday Greetings
City employees attending the City Manager's open house this week took time out to offer their greetings on the unfinished wall of an office under construction. All of us at the City of Durham wish you a happy holiday.

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. Residents are asked to make note of the following changes in other City-provided services and programs. The Solid Waste Management Department will operate under its normal collection schedules the week of Dec. 18-22. The department will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. As a result, trash and recycling collections 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 their normal collection schedules 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 their regular schedules on December 26 and December 30. For information on all closings and delays, visit the website

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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Schreiber Named Acting City Clerk

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel has appointed Deputy City Clerk Diana Schreiber as Acting City Clerk effective Jan. 2. Schreiber will be serving in the role due to the retirement of D. Ann Gray. She will be the Acting Clerk until the City Council hires the next Clerk.  

Durham Seeks Employers for SummerWork Youth Job Expo

Durham employers looking to hire their summer staff will have an opportunity to interview hundreds of teens and young adults during next month’s SummerWork Youth Job Expo. This year’s expo is set for Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street in Durham. Employers may arrive at noon to participate. Employers interested in participating can register to attend on the websiteMore  

Durham to Host 13th Annual MLK, Jr. Observance Program

Durham’s local governments will partner for the 13th Annual Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Employee Observance Program at noon on Jan. 11. The program, organized each year in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy and progressive ideals, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main Street in downtown Durham.  More 

Durham Seeks Neighborhoods for Matching Grants Program

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their community a better place to live, work, play, and shop can now apply for the next round of City of Durham grant funding for neighborhood engagement projects. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is seeking applications for its Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, which provides grants up to $2,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit a neighborhood’s quality of life. More

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New lighting at Five Points

Five Points Plaza Lighting Project

In collaboration with the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI) completed a new lighting installation at Five Points Plaza at the intersection of Main and East Chapel Hill Street. The plaza was previously lit by six waist-height bollards – the light shed was insufficient to properly illuminate the plaza at night and the lights cast an uncomfortable glare into the pedestrian right of way. DDI replaced each of these six bollards with custom-made poles to support a canopy of string lights over the plaza.

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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Parks and Recreation Notes

Kwanzaa Celebration

Parks and Recreation will host Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community, and culture on Dec. 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center at 401 N. Driver Street.  More 

MLK Celebration

Parks and Recreation will host a program celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville Street.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 12/20/17 - Days of Supply: 144 - Reservoir Status: 54.2% - 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 or on Dec. 25 or Dec. 26. Next week, Corporation Street eastbound will be closed between Foster Street and Rigsbee Ave. Roney Street will be closed between Corporation Street and Central Park. Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewerline installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as waterline installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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