City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 45 - December 14, 2018
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Early Season Snow Puts City Operations To The Test

This week's snow event was certainly more than we are used to in early December around here. City employees took care of business, however, and I want to thank the hundreds of employees who worked long hours to help clear the snow that ranged between 8 and 11 inches, depending on where you were. Public Works, Transportation, Water Management, General Services, Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Fleet, and Public Affairs did work that we all should appreciate. Our terrific first responders, Police, Fire, Emergency Communications' and Emergency Management were there to assist those in need. Brine was spread and snow plows went into action with drivers working 12-hour shifts to maintain primary roads and residential streets. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we finish cleaning up and get back to regular schedules. Thanks again to all of our City employees who did a really great job.

Former mayors in the 2018 Durham Christmas Parade.
Former Durham mayors (left to right) Nick Tennyson, Bill Bell, Wib Gulley, and R.W. Grabarek help kick-off the Durham 150 observance during last weekend's Durham Holiday Parade.

Don’t Advertise Your Gifts to Thieves

When electronics boxes and other gift packaging are placed curbside for disposal on collection day, passers-by are inadvertently informed of valuables in your home. Television, computer, and gaming system boxes generally attract the most interest. So here’s a tip from the Durham Police Department: “Don’t publicize the gifts you receive for the delight and enjoyment of wishful thieves. Instead of putting boxes curbside this holiday, use a designated recycling site to throw boxes away.” The Durham Police Department’s ‘No Perched Packages’ holiday campaign encourages residents to break down large electronics boxes and other recyclable packaging and transport them to a recycling center instead of placing them curbside outside your home for collection.  More

Durham Revised Solid Waste Collections Schedule Continues Through Tomorrow

Now that Winter Storm Diego has finally left the Bull City behind and icy conditions are improving, the City's Solid Waste Management Department continues its revised curbside collections schedule. The revised collection schedule is only for curbside garbage and recycling collections on passable streets. Collections should catch up tomorrow as Thursday customers receive collections. The regular schedule should resume next week. More 

Durham Seeks Resident Input on Participatory Budgeting Capital Projects

Participatory Budgeting is now underway, and the City is seeking resident input on how to spend the $2.4 million designated by the City Council for one-time projects in each of the three City Council wards. Participatory budgeting is a democratic process that allows residents to directly decide how to spend part of the City’s public budget. Participatory budgeting involves a two-year cycle of meetings, voting, and project implementation to then become part of the broader budget decision-making process. Through Dec. 21, the City is launching the idea collection phase, which allows residents to brainstorm and submit an idea.  More
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If the cost of Broadway show tickets at the Durham Performing Arts Center has been holding you back from attending shows there, then the DPAC For All Program is for you. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with DPAC’s Senior Director of Marketing Rachel Traversari to find out how $20 tickets are available to all Durham residents. 
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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 Begins Design Project to Repair Buckingham Road

The City of Durham Public Works Department has begun a design project to replace a section of Buckingham Road between Hope Valley Road and Dixon Road, which was damaged during the intense rainfall and significant flooding experienced on Sept. 17 due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Buckingham Road between Hope Valley Road and Dixon Road has been closed to through traffic since Sept. 17, and will remain closed until the design and construction of the roadway replacement is complete. The area will remain open to local traffic onlyduring this project. More

Share Your Ideas At the Youth Participatory Budgeting Jam

Have ideas on how to improve your community? Join us on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the W.G. Pearson Recreation Center, 600 E. Umstead Street, to share your ideas and earn a $10 gift card. More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 12/12/2018 - Days of Supply: 270 - Reservoir status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation at Work and Home

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, periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster and Mangum streets as pavement repairs are made. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Rigsbee Avenue will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Washington Street at Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer installation begins. West Corporation Street at Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewer 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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