City Manager's Reort - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 37 - October 12, 2018
Chief Robert Zoldos II
Chief Robert J. Zoldos II

Durham Announces New Fire Department Chief

City Manager Tom Bonfield has named Robert J. Zoldos II as the next chief of the Durham Fire Department. Chief Zoldos is in his 25th year with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Fairfax, Va. He currently serves as the deputy chief of the Health, Safety & Wellness Division of the department after serving more than four years as a commander of one of three operational shifts. Previously, he served as the commander of the department’s world-renowned Urban Search and Rescue Team. Chief Zoldos has been certified in technical rescue for more than 20 years. He was a member of Virginia Task Force One (VATF-1)/USA SAR Team One (USA-1) for more than 18 years. VATF-1/USA-1 is one-of-28 United States FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams, and is one of only two domestic teams certified for international deployment by the United States Agency for International Development. Chief Zoldos has been deployed 11 times for international rescue missions to Kenya, Turkey, Taiwan, Iran, Japan, and Haiti. Domestically, Chief Zoldos has been deployed multiple times for hurricanes, including Katrina, and served as a rescue squad officer at the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.  More 

City officials at Fire Station 17 opening.

Fire and EMS Hold Station 17 Grand Opening

City and County officials came out Monday to attend the uncoupling ceremony and grand opening for the new Fire and EMS Station 17. The station is a new facility constructed to meet growing fire protection and emergency medical needs due to annexation in the Leesville Road/Doc Nichols Road area in East Durham. It is one of the first Leed-certified facilities built for the City and will be shared by the City Fire Department and Durham County EMS.

Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study Hosts Second Public Workshop Oct. 22

If you travel along U.S. Highway 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill, you know how congested it can be each day. To help plan for the future of this busy highway, resident input is being sought on potential concepts to relieve traffic congestion between Durham and Chapel Hill. The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are co-hosting a second open house for the Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study on Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4907 Garrett Road, Durham.  More


Police To Open New Headquarters Complex With Community Event Oct. 20

The Durham Police Department and Durham Emergency Communications Center will hold a community grand opening event for the new headquarters complex on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 602 E. Main Street. The grand opening will include facility tours, food, entertainment and activities for all ages. An official ribbon cutting will be held at noon.

Durham Debuts Free Textile Recycling Drop-Off Location

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle their clothing, shoes, and other household textiles can now take advantage of a free designated drop-off location. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is partnering with Durham-based Green Zone as their new service provider for the collection, transportation, and recycling of clothing, shoes, other textiles, and small household items. Residents can now bring their clothing and other textiles for free drop off at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, 2115 E. Club Boulevard, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.  More 

Patterson Place Design District Re-Zoning and Text Amendment Public Meeting Rescheduled

The Durham City-County Planning Department has rescheduled its Patterson Place Design District Re-Zoning and Text Amendment public meeting until later this month. The meeting, originally set for last night, has been rescheduled to Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. For residents who cannot attend the meeting, the draft text is available on the project website and meeting materials will be posted following the meeting. Staff requests that comments be submitted by Nov. 9.  More 

Going To The Fair? GoDurham Can Drop You Right At The Gate

This year, skip the traffic and parking headache by taking the GoDurham shuttle right to the State Fair gate. Round-trip fare is only $5, and children up to age 12 ride free. Those eligible for reduced fare pay $2.50. Shuttles leave from downtown Durham and drop off and pick up at Gate 1 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. State Fair shuttle passes may be purchased at the Regional Transit Information Center or on the State Fair shuttle. Riders also can pay cash, but exact change is required. The fair runs through Oct. 21, with GoDurham offering hourly shuttles every day departing from Durham Station from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. There is a shortened schedule on Sundays.  More 

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CityLife
Durham’s City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials will soon make recommendations about the future of public Confederate monuments or symbols in Durham. In this new CityLife episode, Host 
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Ever wondered what it takes to answer a 911 call? On our new Durham Works episode, comedian and resident Deb Aronin joins Charles Mills of the Durham Emergency Communications Center to learn what it takes to answer the 911 calls of residents and get them the emergency help they need.
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Durham Hosts ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Tomorrow

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and drop-off reusable household goods should attend the City's ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting this free event tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot located at 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, and donated items.  More 

North Duke Street Proposed Sidewalk Facilities Meeting Rescheduled

The City's Public Works Department has rescheduled its North Duke Street Sidewalk Facilities public meeting to next month. The drop-in style meeting, originally set for Oct. 11, has been rescheduled to Nov. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Braggtown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3218 N. Roxboro Street, Durham.  At the Nov. 1 meeting, residents will be able to review the preliminary design for pedestrian facilities along North Duke Street from West Murray Avenue to North Roxboro Street, ask questions of City staff and consultants, and provide input before the department completes the design work.  More 

DPAC Starts Performing Arts Ambassador Program

The Durham Performing Arts Center is beginning a new program to help students kick start a career in the arts with Performing Arts Ambassadors. The program seeks high school students passionate about the arts from across Durham County. This program will expose students to the diversity of what is offered at DPAC, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. DPAC understands that young people are the future, and will play a key role in keeping the arts thriving in our community. For information, email Megan Rindoks, community outreach manager, at mrindoks@DPACnc.com. Applications must be completed by Oct. 26.  More

Durham Seeks Input on South Driver Street Surplus Property

The City is seeking resident input to determine what to do with a surplus City-owned building at 103 S. Driver Street in East Durham. This vacant building was formerly the home of the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Impact Team and Fire Station #3. In order to encourage residents to share their vision for this property, the City’s General Services and Neighborhood Improvement Services departments are partnering to host three community workshops later this month as well as offering online English and Spanish surveys from now until Oct. 31.  More 
Transportation Bus Wash

New Bus Wash Facility Opened

Transportation and General Services employees gathered last week to cut the ribbon on a new $417,536 bus wash facility. The system is a completely automatic, three brush, rollover style wash system that washes the front, roof, rear and side of the vehicles. It is programmed to wash all buses, vans, trucks and cars in the GoDurham Fleet.

Parks and Rec Notes


Fright Night

Calling all of Durham's ghosts and ghouls! Join Durham Parks and Recreation for our Fall Festival and Haunted House tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Forest Hills Park. We will have classic carnival games for all ages to enjoy, a costume contest for kids and adults (with prizes), and a haunted house that will have you 'howling' with screams and laughter. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission for this event will be a canned food donation (1-4 cans) from each family - with all proceeds going to the Durham Rescue Mission.

Barktoberfest

Dress up your furry friend in their favorite howl-een costume and stop by Barktoberfest on Oct. 27 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Durham Central Park. Activities will include performances, a fun walk, canine food drive, pet market, beer and food sales, and more.  More

DisABLE the Lable

DisABLE the Label is a community event that promotes and celebrates a better understanding of people with disabilities. Join us tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northgate Mall. This event is open and free to all ages.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/10/18 - Days of Supply: 215 - Reservoir Status: 94.7% - 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. There will be no work this weekend. Next week, Mangum Street will be reduced to one lane between Corporation Street and West Morgan Street as pavement repairs are completed. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rigsbee 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. Washington Street 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. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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Stay Informed with the City's Durham Information Network
Durham Information Network represents the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Included under this umbrella are all of the primary platforms used by the City to provide information and engage residents. Visit the Durham Information Network webpage for quick access to all of our communication tools including existing social media platforms, Durham Television Network programming, the City Manager’s Report, and the Citizens’ Newsletter.

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