City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 19 - May 25, 2018

Durham’s Proposed FY18-19 Budget Keeps Tax Rate Unchanged Thanks to Growth and Expanded Tax Base

Citing growth and funds resulting from an expanded tax base, Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield recommended no changes to the city’s current tax rate at Monday's City Council meeting. The proposed tax rate generates a tax bill of about $1,048 per year, or about $87.33 per month on a house valued at the median house value of $181,104, the median house value for the City of Durham according to the Durham County Office of Tax Administration. Bonfield’s recommended total preliminary budget for FY2018-19 is $510.4 million dollars, a 15.9 percent increase from last year, and includes a $201.1 million budget for services covered by the general fund, a 5.8 percent increase from last year. See the Preliminary Budget DocumentMore 

FY 18-19 Budget Presentation

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial 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 Monday. Collection for all services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the entire week. Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items on June 1 will instead occur on June 4. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Monday. For information about items accepted for curbside collections as well as how to sign up for collection day alerts and reminders for holiday service changes, visit the department’s webpage. More.
DPD Service Awards
Mike Atkins was the recipient of the Police Medal, the highest distinction presented to members of the general public. left to right are:  Senior Patrol Officer Robert Jones, Deputy Chief Todd Rose, Deputy Chief Anthony Marsh Sr., Mike Atkins and Police Chief Cerelyn Davis.

Police Department Honors 25 for Outstanding Service

The Durham Police Department (DPD) honored 25 individuals for above and beyond public safety service at its annual service awards ceremony last night at Durham City Hall. An audience of more than 200 was inspired by several accounts of heroism (including near fatal drownings, suicide attempts, and a train accident) and charitable service (including a handicap ramp construction and a campaign to fight infant congenital heart disease). DPD’s Executive Command Staff presented each recipient a specially crafted medal or plaque that signifies his or her achievement or a group’s collective success. Specific awards included three Community Service Medals; five Distinguished Service Medals; 14 Certificates of Merit; Civilian Employee of the Year; Officer of the Year; and one Police Medal. The Police Medal is the highest distinction presented to members of the general public. More 
Corcoran Street Parking Facility

Corcoran Garage Art Wrap Project Begins

Steele City Services and Mosca Design began the installation of the Corcoran Street Parking Garage art wrap project this week. The installation is expected to be completed in July. The garage art wrap is the first major public art work of the Durham SmART Vision Plan. More

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CityLife
Now that the majority of Durham’s City Council Members are serving their first six months in office, we wanted to make sure you have a chance to really get to know them. That’s why in the next two CityLife episodes, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with all of the new members starting with Council Members Javiera Caballero and Mark-Anthony Middleton. Find out how they’re hoping to make Durham a better place for everyone in the first of this two-part series..
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Learn About the “3 P’s” As DurhamWorks Goes Behind the Scenes at Water Facility
Ever wondered what happens to what you flush down the toilet? (Advisory: There should only be three things … all beginning with the letter "P".) Or about the fate of the tons of garbage that we throw away every day? The City’s new Public Affairs show, DurhamWorks, puts a humorous twist on answers to questions like these, while introducing you to City employees who work hard every day to serve our residents. In this first episode, Marvin Urias, a Water Management plant maintenance mechanic, takes host and local comedienne Deb Aronin behind the scenes at a local water reclamation facility to show her what it takes to keep Durham’s water safe and clean. Hint: You may never think of corn in the same way again after watching this!
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Durham Hosts 3rd Annual Tire Recycling Drive June 2

Have old or unused tires lying around your home? Now is the time to get rid of them at no cost. Durham residents are encouraged to dispose of old tires at the City's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, 2115 E. Club Boulevard., on June 2 from 8 a.m. until noon. Tire disposal is free and open to the public. The Durham Tire Recycling Drive is a City-County collaborative effort to encourage environmentally responsible tire disposal and to prevent mosquito breeding and the potential diseases they can carry. More 

Parks and Recreation Notes


Durham Residents Can Make a Splash and Cool Off this Summer

As the temperature rises and the summer approaches, Durham Parks and Recreation will provide places for residents to cool off. The spraygrounds will open tomorrow through the end of September and the outdoor pools will be open on June 8 – August 17. Hillside Pool will remain open to the public on the weekends from August 18 - September 3. More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/23/18 - Days of Supply: 230 - Reservoir Status: 100% Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit durhamnc.gov

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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, Seminary Avenue will be closed as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster and N. Duke Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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