City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 1 - January 5, 2018

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. 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 

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Icy Morning
Icy temperatures and an inch or so of snow Wednesday night left the Eno River State Park looking like a winter wonderland yesterday. City staff worked to clear roads, but temperatures in the teens last night made for continued hazardous traveling.

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding and Live Christmas Tree Disposal Event

Residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and dispose of their live Christmas trees should attend the E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding, and Live Christmas Tree Disposal event on Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium home side parking lot, 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, and trees. More 

Durham Seeks 2018 Golden Leaf Award Nominees

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

City Offers Small Business Training on Maximizing Business Potential in the Digital Age

Discover how social media has impacted the way small businesses promote their products and services as the Equal Opportunity and Equity Assurance Department presents a training seminar on Jan. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch, 1201 Fayetteville Street. Participants are asked to pre-register for the training by contacting Senior Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Specialist Eric Miller by email or call 919-560-4180, ext. 17241.  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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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 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

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

Downtown Durham, Inc. Holiday Display Winners Announced

Three downtown businesses received awards in the Downtown Durham, Inc. Holiday Window Display Competition. Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon won first place, Empower Dance Studio, second place and Bull City Escape won third place. Twenty-five businesses took part in the competition that launched Durham's Shop Local Week.         
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Parks and Recreation Notes

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 1/4/18 - Days of Supply: 149 - Reservoir Status: 49.9% - 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 sewer line installation continues. 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 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Foster Street between Corporation Street and Seminary Avenue will be closed as water line installation begins. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Hunt Street will be reduced to one lane between Foster Street and Rigsbee Avenue as water line installation continues. 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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