City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 49 - January 11, 2019

‘Move Durham’ Transportation Study Hosts Community Workshops

If you live or travel in and around downtown Durham, the City's Transportation Department wants to hear from you. The department is hosting three community workshops for the 'Move Durham' Transportation Study which will develop a clear vision for the future of transportation and mobility in the central area of Durham. Residents are invited to attend any of the following workshops:
•  Jan. 22, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street
•  Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street
•  Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – noon, Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 W. Pettigrew Street
'Move Durham' is a nine-month multimodal transportation planning process that involves public outreach and data gathering to improve the department’s understanding of how people move to and through the central area of Durham.   More  

The City-County Government Martin Luther King, Jr., observance will be on Jan. 15 at the First Presbyterian Church at 305 E. Main Street beginning at noon.
The City-County Government Martin Luther King, Jr., observance will be on Jan. 15 at the First Presbyterian Church at 305 E. Main Street beginning at noon.

2019 Durham City-County MLK, Jr. Observance Program Set

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the purpose of the annual Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Employee Observance Program. The 14th annual celebration jointly-hosted by Durham’s local government organizations will take place on Jan. 15. The program will begin at noon at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main Street in downtown Durham. The newly sworn in North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls will be the keynote speaker for this event. Justice Earls is a former civil rights attorney and professor. She is the founder and former executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The community is invited to enjoy the program which will also include remarks from local leaders and elected officials. The Durham City-County MLK Employee Choir will provide musical selections.   More 

Durham City Council Announces Interim City Attorney

The Durham City Council voted to offer the position of Interim City Attorney to Kimberly M. Rehberg, who will lead this office effective March 9. Current City Attorney Patrick Baker announced his March 8 resignation during the Jan. 7 City Council meeting. He is leaving Durham to be the next city attorney for the City of Charlotte. “Patrick has given tremendous service to this city for two decades, and he may be the only person who has served as a city manager and a city attorney for the same city," Mayor Steve Schewel said. "Under his leadership, the City Attorney's Office has done a remarkable job. We will definitely feel his loss, but we wish him the best. Kimberly is a veteran of the City Attorney’s office and a superb attorney, and I have every confidence that she’ll do a great job as acting city attorney.” Rehberg currently serves as a senior assistant city attorney for the City and has nearly 20 years of experience in legal issues for local governments, including 14 years with the Durham City Attorney’s Office.  More  

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and all non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  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 Jan. 21. 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 as follows:
•  Monday customers will receive collections on Jan.  22.
•  Tuesday customers will receive collections on Jan. 23.
•  Wednesday customers will receive collections on Jan. 24.
•  Thursday customers will receive collections on Jan. 25.
•  Friday customers (yard waste and bulky services only) will receive collections on Jan.  28.
For the complete listing of closings and delays, visit the website

Joint Committee Presents Recommendations for Confederate Statue  

The Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials presented its recommendations for the Confederate Statue toppled outside the Old Courthouse at Tuesday's City-County Joint Committee Meeting. In addition to the Committee's recommendation to preserve the toppled statue, the 12-member group selected by the City Council and County Commission released a comprehensive report of their overall findings. To read the Committee's complete report, visit www.dconc.gov/ccmc. According to the Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton and Robin Kirk, Durham leaders should re-locate the Confederate statue in its current condition to a secure exhibit inside the County building nearest the base.  More

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 this 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 

Durham Hosts Proposed LaSalle Street Sidewalk Facilities Meeting

If you travel along LaSalle Street in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting later this month to discuss sidewalk facility designs for this busy roadway. The City's Public Works Department is now in the 25 percent design phase for pedestrian facilities along both sides of LaSalle Street between Kangaroo Drive and Hillsborough Road as well as along one side of LaSalle Street from Hillsborough Road to Sprunt Avenue.  The drop-in style meeting to share the designs and collect resident feedback is set for Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the E.K. Powe Elementary School cafeteria at 913 Ninth Street. Residents will be able to review the 25 percent design plans, ask questions of City staff, and offer input before the department completes the final design plans. More 

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Joint Committee Presents Recommendations for Confederate Statue  

The Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials presented its recommendations for the Confederate Statue toppled outside the Old Courthouse at Tuesday's City-County Joint Committee Meeting. In addition to the Committee's recommendation to preserve the toppled statue, the 12-member group selected by the City Council and County Commission released a comprehensive report of their overall findings. To read the Committee's complete report, visit www.dconc.gov/ccmc. According to the Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton and Robin Kirk, Durham leaders should re-locate the Confederate statue in its current condition to a secure exhibit inside the County building nearest the base.  More 

Durham YouthWork Program Seeks Local Employers to Host Youth Interns

Durham employers interested in staffing for projects and tasks this summer while also developing skilled future talent should consider hosting youth interns through the 2019 Durham YouthWork Internship Program. The program is administered by the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and is a partnership with Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools (DPS), Durham Technical Community College, and Made in Durham. This program, now in its 16th year, has a goal to grow from serving approximately 200 youth each summer to serving more than 1,000 youth within the next three years. More


2019 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

Do you know of a Durham property that’s outstanding for its design, preservation, curb appeal, or stewardship of the natural and built environment? Nominate it now for the 2019 Golden Leaf Awards. The Durham City-County Appearance Commission and Keep Durham Beautiful are currently seeking property nominations to recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the community’s built environment. The award categories are Neighborhood Garden & Landscape; Hearth & Home; Adaptive Reuse–Old Building New Design; Small Development (under 12,000 sq. ft.); Large Development (over 12000 sq. ft.); and Keep Durham Beautiful. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 15.   More 


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 durham150.org 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 DPRPlayMore.org.

Durham Senior Games 2019

Registration for the 2019 Durham Senior Games and Silver Arts program will open on Feb. 4. This annual event, which begins 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 1/9/2019 - Days of Supply: 285 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect - For information: visit durhamnc.gov

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 this weekend, next week, periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster and Mangum streets as pavement repairs are made. 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. 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. 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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