City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 3 - January 19, 2018
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City Employees At Their Best When Going Gets Tough

Wednesday's snow event was a lot more than expected for this area, and I want to thank the hundreds of employees who worked long and hard hours to begin the process of clearing more than a foot of snow. Public Works, Transportation, Water Management, General Services, Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste Management, Fleet Management and Public Affairs did work that we should all appreciate. Our great first responders, Police, Fire, Emergency Communications, and Emergency Management were there to assist those in need. More than 30,000 gallons of brine were spread, 32 snow plows went into action with drivers working 12-hour shifts beginning Tuesday night to maintain 1,000 lane miles of primary roads, with 2,000 miles of residential streets still to be cleared. Thank you for your patience as we get back to regular schedules. Thanks again to all of the City employees who have done such a great job.

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General Services On The Job
It didn't take long Thursday for General Services to get on the job of removing snow around City Hall on Thursday. Paths were cleared and salt spread to make sure it was safe for employees to get into work. Work continues today with sidewalk and street cleaning to help the warmer temperatures with snow removal.

Snow Removal Efforts Underway; Trash, Recycling Collection Set For This Weekend.

 After receiving nearly a foot of snow in the Bull City on Wednesday, most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and all non-emergency City departments, have returned to operation today. The City’s Public Works Department  is clearing nearly 1,000 lane miles on primary routes, and another 2,000+ lane miles to cover on residential streets, said Public Works Director Marvin Williams. “We're throwing everything we have at it, but with temperatures back below freezing tonight – which prevents salt from being effective – we expect significant re-freezing. Since many of the city’s neighborhood streets are still too icy for garbage and recycling trucks to safely maneuver, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department is revising its collection schedules as follows: Regular Tuesday garbage customers will be collected on their normal collection day next week, Jan. 23. Regular Tuesday recycling customers will be collected tomorrow. Regular Wednesday garbage and recycling customers will receive their collections tomorrow.  Any missed collections will receive service on Sunday, Jan. 21. Regular Thursday garbage and recycling customers will receive their collections on Sunday, Jan. 21.  More 

Council Work Session Rescheduled For Jan. 23

After receiving nearly a foot of snow on Wednesday, the regular City Council Work Session has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. This meeting will take place in the Committee Room on the second floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, and will be audio live-streamed on the City’s website. 

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

Durham Hosts Proposed Hillandale Road Bike/Pedestrian Facilities Meeting

If you live, work, or travel along Hillandale Road in Durham, you’ll want to make plans for a meeting later this month to discuss bicycle and pedestrian designs for this busy roadway. The City of Durham Public Works Department is now preparing designs for bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Hillandale Road from I-85 to the N.C. Highway 147, and staff wants to share their work and get resident input. The drop-in style meeting is set for Jan. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center Cafeteria, 2107 Hillandale Road. More

Durham Announces New Date for SummerWork Youth Job Expo, Seeks Employers

Durham employers looking to hire their summer staff will soon have an opportunity to interview hundreds of teens and young adults during this month’s SummerWork Youth Job Expo. The expo, previously scheduled for Janl. 16, has been moved to a later date this month due to the impact of January’s winter weather, and the public school make-up day that is now on January 16. The job expo will now take place on Jan. 31, which is an early-release day for Durham Public Schools.  More 

Durham Seeks Public Art Submissions for West Ellerbee Creek Trail Pedestrian Tunnel

Local and regional artists are now invited to apply for a new public art project to be displayed on the West Ellerbee Creek Trail Pedestrian Tunnel. The City's General Services Department, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Parks and Recreation, and Public Art Committee are inviting qualified artists and/or artist teams to submit their qualifications to design, fabricate, and install urban public art along the pedestrian tunnel as part of Phase II of the West Ellerbee Creek Trail project. Application materials include: statement of interest, annotated samples of previous work relevant to project, project personnel resume(s), and references. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2.  More 

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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

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

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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Conservation At Work and Home

Downtown Sewer Line Work Set For Jan. 25 and 26

The City's Department of Water Management is preparing to clean and inspect sanitary sewer lines in a section of downtown along Rigsbee Avenue, Seminary Avenue, and Morgan Street (near the new parking garage construction site). Last week, the department's Water & Sewer Maintenance division responded to a backup along Rigsbee Ave. and discovered excess sand and rock in the sewer main. Because of the buildup, additional cleaning and CCTV inspection of the main is necessary. To minimize traffic impacts, this work is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. on January 25 and end at approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 26. During this time, the 200-block of Rigsbee Avenue, and the right lane of Morgan Street will be closed due to the location of sewer mains.

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. No work is planned for 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. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Foster Street between Corporation Street and Seminary Avenue will be closed as water line installation continues. 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. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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