City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 2 - January 12, 2018

Durham Sets First-Ever Joint Community Conversations with Local Elected Officials

For the first time, Durham residents will have a way to engage with their local City and County elected officials at three joint community meetings beginning later this month. During these discussions, residents will be able to address issues and provide feedback directly with the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners on topics ranging from public safety, affordable housing, human services, education, and economic development. These community conversations will each have a different theme allowing residents to choose the issues they are most passionate about, and to make sure residents feel heard by elected officials as well as staff members from the City, County, and Durham Public Schools. Residents are invited to attend any or all of the meetings.  More

City-County Choir at 2018 MLK Observance
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
Members of the Durham City-County Employee Choir belt out an inspirational song at yesterday's annual MLK Birthday Observance. The event's keynote speaker was Durham Entrepreneur Pierce Freelon.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 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 be closed on Jan. 15. Collection for all services, which includes solid waste, recycling, yard waste, and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the week of Jan. 15-19. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on Jan. 19 will instead occur on Jan. 22. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Jan. 15. For information about items accepted for curbside collections as well as how to sign up for collection day alerts and reminders for all holiday service changes, visit the department’s webpageMore 

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 

DCHC MPO Seeks Comment on Future Transportation Priorities

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) report, which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects. Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the proposed 2045 MTP, which shows the highway, bus transit, rail transit and other transportation projects to be implemented over the next 30 years, and presents the official demographic forecasts and regional travel model. Visit the DCHC MPO website and provide comments directly by email by Feb. 9.  More 

Demo Day to Celebrate Innovation Partnership Program

New ideas and technology are percolating inside Durham City Hall and residents are invited to meet the local startup companies that made it happen during an event next month. On Feb. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, the four 2017 cohort participants in the City's new Innovate Durham program will share presentations about their company and the work they did in partnership with City departments at the program’s first-ever Demo Day. The event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for residents and other local startups interested in civic technology to see a model for government innovation in action. 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 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 tomorrow 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 

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. 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

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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., tomorrow 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 1/10/18 - Days of Supply: 141 - Reservoir Status: 48.2% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect - For information: visit

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American Tobacco District Waterline Replacement Project Update

The Department of Water Management is preparing to begin subsurface investigations on Jan/ 15, as part of our American Tobacco District Waterline Replacement Project. Geotechnical borings and test holes help identify existing underground utilities and determine soil properties ahead of construction work. Investigations will take place in various locations between Peabody and the Durham Freeway from Buchanan to Julian Carr, and between Kent and Shepherd along Chapel Hill. Disruption of existing utilities is not anticipated during subsurface investigation activities. Impacts will be limited to construction-related noise and minor traffic control near boring locations. Door hanger notices have been placed at residences and businesses in the project area. Additional information regarding this project can be found at the website.

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. 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. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 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. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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