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