City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 7 - February 16, 2018

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) and shred confidential documents should mark their calendars to attend this rescheduled City of Durham event next. The E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding event will be on Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot at 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics and paper. More

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Community Nominations Sought for Police Service Awards

The Durham Police Department (DPD) welcomes nominations from the community for two of its Service Awards that recognize commendable law enforcement and public safety service.  Eligible nominees include DPD employees (officers and non-sworn personnel) as well as residents, organizations, DPD volunteers, and programs. Nominations are accepted for the Certificate of Merit that is presented to DPD employees for outstanding performance or devotion to duty, possibly involving personal safety, and the Community Service Medal for DPD employees or residents, community groups, civic organizations or programs for service to the community. Last year, Neighborhood Watch Coordinators John Bedard and Jerry Grubb, above, were recipients for their outstanding National Night Out engagement and their support of DPD's Blue Benevolence programs. The deadline for nominations is March 8.  More 

Artists Selected for West Ellerbee Creek Trail Pedestrian Tunnel

More public art is coming to Durham next month … this time on the West Ellerbee Creek Trail Phase II Pedestrian Tunnel. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, General Services Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, the Public Art Committee, and Artist Selection Committee have chosen Triangle-based artists Dare Coulter and Jonathan Massullo to design and install urban public art along the entrances to the West Ellerbee Creek Trail tunnel. The interior of the tunnel will be designated as a “free expression” space, providing trail users with a canvas for artistic expression. The trail opening is set for March 22.  More

YouthWork Internship Program Seeking Applicants

Durham youth, ages 14-24, who want to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience can apply for the 2018 Durham Youthwork Internship Program. Approximately 150 paid summer internship opportunities are available with numerous City departments, Durham Technical Community College, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina Central University, local businesses and non-profit organizations. A Job Expo is set for March 3 and applications will be accepted until March 18. More

New Development Services Website Provides ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Convenience

Remodeling your home or building a new one can be stressful. But, here in Durham, staff are working hard to make it easier for you (and your certified contractor) to do it right. Whether constructing a deck, fixing up your bathroom, or building a new home, there’s a now one-stop-shop website at providing an improved and better coordinated development review process. Check out this new user-friendly and mobile-friendly website that consolidates development-related information into a single location while also providing access to new services such as a searchable knowledge base, help desk customer request tracker, and more.

Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Smoke Testing Planned Near Downtown

As part of routine efforts to identify and repair potential sanitary sewer system defects, the City's Water Management Department will begin cleaning, inspecting, and smoke testing sewer lines in the vicinity of Buchanan Boulevard and W. Chapel Hill Street beginning the week of Feb. 19. Please note – this smoke is non-toxic and does not leave stains or residue. It is comparable to substances more commonly used in fog machines for entertainment purposes. It appears white to gray in color and has a slight fragrance. It is NOT a fire hazard.  More 

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Conservation At Work and Home

Section of W. Main Street to Close Feb. 22 for Major Water Main Repair

Repairs to two major water lines will require the City's Water Management Department to close a section of W. Main Street between N. Buchanan Boulevard and Broad Street beginning Feb. 22, weather permitting. The street is expected to remain closed for at least a week while the City’s contractor makes necessary repairs. Traffic detour signage will be posted in the area throughout this required closure. 

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along 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. 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster Street and North Duke Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website

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