City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 46 - December 21, 2018

Most City Offices Closed for Christmas & New Years

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas as well as on Tuesday,  Jan. 1, in observance of New Years. Police, fire and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The revised collection schedule for all curbside services reflects a one-day delay in garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulky services collections for all customers – except regular Monday customers. See the complete listing of closings and delays on the website

Housing Appeals Board
Volunteer Appreciation Reception
City Council Member Vernetta Alston, second from left, joins her fellow members on the Housing Appeals Board at a reception prior to Monday's City Council meeting where all of the City's boards, committees and commissions were honored for their service.

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Live Tree Drop-Off Jan. 19

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and drop-off their live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham’s E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Tree Disposal event next month. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting this free event on Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot, 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, and live Christmas trees.  More 

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

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Bull City Today
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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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Durham Works
On our new Durham Works episode, comedian & resident 
Deb Aronin joins Chris Smith of our Solid Waste Management team to learn what it takes to collect your recyclables. Watch the show.

Join Us for Our Durham 150 Celebration

How are you planning to celebrate Durham’s sesquicentennial? Durham 150 is charged with spearheading efforts to recognize the Bull City’s past, present and future with a year of 150+ events, activities and community engagement opportunities to celebrate the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary! You can now learn more about this year-long celebration at and follow @DurhamNC150 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the #Durham150 activities planned in 2019. Plus, save the date for  April 13 for our opening event!

Parks and Recreation Notes

Wellness in 2019

Purchase a Durham Parks and Recreation Wellness Package and work out at any recreation center or take a fitness class for an affordable monthly price. For details about the package or the fitness programs available, visit

Durham Senior Games 2019

Registration for the 2019 Durham Senior Games and Silver Arts program will open on Monday, February 4. This annual event, which begins Monday, April 15 provides Mature Adults (age 50 or better) the opportunity to compete in a host of athletic and artistic activities in various locations around Durham. More than 30 sporting events and 20 art forms are available.  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. There will be no work on this weekend, Monday or Tuesday. Next week, periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster and Mangum streets as sanitary sewer work continues and pavement repairs are made. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. 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 sanitary sewer line installation continues. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Washington Street at Geer 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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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service via telephone at 919-560-1200 and in person at the City Hall lobby desk.  Durham One Call is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week via the City’s One Call App or the website. Durham One Call is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience on behalf of the City.
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