Monday, January 25, 2016

Trash and Recycling Collections to be Delayed by Two Days

DURHAM, N.C. – The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department has suspended curbside trash and recycling collections on Monday, January 25 due to continued icy conditions on many neighborhood streets.
 
Collections that were scheduled for Friday, January 22 will now take place on Tuesday, January 26, road conditions permitting. Residents should also note that regular trash and recycling collections will also be delayed by two days for the entire week of January 25-29 (i.e. Monday customers to receive collections on Wednesday, Tuesday customers to receive collections on Thursday, Wednesday customers to receive collections on Friday, and Thursday customers to receive collections on Saturday). In the event the department can collect more quickly than anticipated, residents are asked to leave their carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day.
                                                                                              
Since collections for this week will now focus on curbside trash and recycling, yard waste, bulky items, and exempt collections are suspended for all customers until next week on their regularly scheduled collection day. Exempt customers who have full carts and cannot wait until next week should contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 and the department will attempt collection.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

City of Durham Preparing for Tomorrow’s Winter Weather

DURHAM, N.C. – The City of Durham is busy preparing to keep operations running smoothly ahead of tomorrow’s predicted winter weather. If weather and road conditions worsen and operational decisions are made accordingly, residents and City employees are encouraged to stay up-to-date on information about City operational hours, program and service changes, trash and recycling collection delays, and more through the following ways:
·         http://DurhamNC.gov
·         Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200
·         Durham Television Network (Time Warner Cable channel 8 and AT&T U-verse channel 99)

The City’s Public Works Department has 22 trucks ready for salting and sanding city streets and will operate in 12-hour shifts until crews get all primary and secondary roads, bridges, and emergency routes cleared. The department is also coordinating with the local NCDOT maintenance office to ensure that State-maintained roads within the city limits are passable throughout this weather event. The City’s plan of action for clearing or reducing hazards on city streets is prioritized in the following order:
·         Bridges and overpasses throughout the city.
·         Major arterial streets within the city.
·         Streets to essential health facilities, police and fire stations, and critical community facilities.
·         Routes to two City fuel sites.
·         Streets within the central business district.
·         Clear access to Durham Public Schools.
·         All residential areas with priority initially to passage of emergency vehicles and then to all traffic.

Residents and property owners are responsible for snow and ice removal in their driveways, apartment access roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. The clearing of private streets is the responsibility of the homeowners within that subdivision. In order to facilitate snow and ice removal on city streets, residents can help by adhering to the following tips:
·         Stay off the roads if at all possible.
·         Drive very slowly and carefully. If involved in a property damage wreck, motorists should pull off the road to prevent additional accidents and remember that it may take some additional time for an officer to respond to the accident due to icy road conditions.
·         If at all possible, park cars off the street or highway to let salt-and-sand spreaders pass with ease.
·         Treat intersections with malfunctioning traffic lights as four-way stops and proceed with caution.

A decision on the collection of curbside trash and recycling will be made early tomorrow morning after an assessment of street conditions, and if the landfill that accepts the City’s trash will be open. Residents are asked to leave their carts on their curb by 7 a.m. on their scheduled collection day in the event collections can proceed. If collections must be suspended due to road conditions tomorrow morning, residents should leave their carts at the curb.

The City’s General Services Department Urban Forestry Division and Landscape Services Division will be on-call during this event to help remove downed trees on City streets and public rights-of-way. Today, crews are prepping all equipment, such as chainsaws, bucket trucks, and knuckle loaders as well as pre-treating sidewalks and primary walkways downtown. The City’s Public Works Department, Solid Waste Management Department and Neighborhood Improvement Services Department will support Urban Forestry’s efforts to help remove larger debris as needed.

To report downed trees on City-maintained streets, residents should contact the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency line at (919) 560-4600 unless the downed tree presents an immediate, life-threatening hazard; then call 9-1-1. Residents and property owners are responsible for downed tree removal on private property, driveways, apartment access roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.

Residents are urged to not touch downed trees or branches that are tangled up with power lines. Power outages and any downed power lines should be reported directly to Duke Energy Carolinas at 1-800-POWERON or 1-800-769-3766 (English), or 1-800-4APAGON or 1-800-427-2466 (EspaƱol).

For weather-related updates for any Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities, recreation centers or special events, call the DPR weather line at (919) 560-4636 and select option #9. Updates will also be available on DPR’s website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To find out about GoDurham service disruptions, riders should visit the GoDurham website or call (919) 485-RIDE (7433) for details.


For information on how to prepare for a disaster, visit the Durham County Emergency Management Department website and follow Ready Durham on Twitter for updates.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

recycling schedule for HVN

Did you know that every year, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to circle the earth twice? Recycling is one of the best ways you can help to protect the environment. Recycling saves natural resources, keeps reusable items out of landfills, and provides the materials needed to make recycled products.

Collection
Recycling is collected every other week.View the 2016 Recycling Red Calendar for Hope Valley North's pick up days.

Sorting
In Durham, it's easy to recycle. Place all acceptable recycling items in 1 container. There is no need for any sorting.

Information found at:  
http://dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/general-services/solid-waste-recycling-and-litter-control/roadside-recycling

County to Close Most Offices for MLK Holiday on January 18

Durham County Government will observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, 2016. On this day, most County offices will be closed. All County offices will reopen and resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, January 19. 

Durham County General Services
County Convenience Centers
The Durham County General Services Department will close its four Solid Waste and Recycling Convenience Centers on January 18. Durham County residents with a current 2015-2016 solid waste decal can resume disposal of garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky items on January 19 beginning at 7 a.m. 

Roadside Recycling Collection
The Durham County roadside recycling collection (Schedule A) for the week of January 18 will not change due to the holiday. Customers scheduled for Monday’s collection will receive service on Monday as scheduled.

To learn more about Durham County’s General Services Department, call 919-560-0433 or log on to the General Services website.

Durham County Department of Public Health
The Durham County Department of Public Health will follow the Durham County Government Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday schedule.

For Public Health emergencies during the holiday closure, including communicable disease reporting, environmental health and suspected foodborne illnesses, please call 911 and ask for the Durham County Department of Public Health’s response team member on-call.

For more information about services provided by the Durham County Department of Public Health, call 919-560-7600 or visit Public Health’s homepage atwww.dconc.gov/publichealth.

Durham County Library
Durham County Library will also be closed on January 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The library will reopen on January 19 with regular hours. 

Log on to the Durham County Library website for information about programs and services.

Durham County Social Services
Durham County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) will follow the Durham County Government holiday closing schedule. DSS will close their Main Street office and the office of Durham’s Alliance for Child Care Access, located at 1201 Briggs Avenue, Suite 101, on January 18, 2016. DSS will reopen with normal hours of operation on January 19.
         
While offices are closed, residents should contact an on-call social work by calling 911 to report child abuse and neglect or adult abuse and neglect. For more information about Durham County DSS, visit the DSS homepage at www.dconc.gov or http://dconc.gov/index.aspx?page=513

Get detailed information about Durham County Government’s holiday schedule and more at www.dconc.gov.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Meeting of PAC3 Neighborhoods, this Saturday, Jan 9th.

--------------------------From PAC 3 listserv--------------------------

To All District 3 Neighbors,****
Please join us this Saturday, Jan 9th, from 10 am to noon for our
monthly PAC3 meeting. The meeting is held at 1309 Halley Street, Durham,
NC 27707 (Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park.) This
meeting provides a wealth of information and is a great forum for
citizens to interact the with law enforcement and other Durham City and
County departments. If you have a neighborhood concern, bring it! If
you've never been to a PAC 3 meeting, come see what you're missing!

_The meeting agenda will include_:

_Guest Speaker/Topic:_**Bertha Johnson, Director of the Department of
Budget & Management Services for the City of Durham, will present an
overview of the 2016-2017 budget development and oversight process in
preparation for our annual "Coffee with Council" that is scheduled for
our February monthly meeting.

Ms Johnson will include the following in her presentation:

* How the budget is developed.
* Sources of revenue for the City of Durham.
* _And___ how citizens can best voice their input.

If you have questions or recommendations to the City Council about the
budget that you would like to submit prior to the Coffee with Council
Meeting, please bring your questions in written format to the January
meeting this Saturday. Your written questions will be submitted to the
Council in preparation for the February meeting, "Coffee with Council."

_Police and City Department Reports:_ As always the meeting will include
reports from various City Departments and our District 3 Commander, Capt
Robert Gaddy,Jr., offering you the opportunity to voice your concerns,
questions and comments.

*** Neighborhood Listserv Moderators: Please forward to your
neighborhood listserv or website.

Join us this Saturday. We look forward to seeing you.

PAC3 Co-Facilitators
JoAnn Comis jcomis@mindspring.com 919-225-5176
Mike Mayo mikewmayo@gmail.com 973- 722-4772

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Weatherization Program - 2/9

Weatherization Program - 2/9
Are you a homeowner or do you currently rent a home in Durham?  You might be eligible for free energy-saving home improvements through the Weatherization Assistant & Duke Energy Helping Home Fund Program.  Join Maggie Perez from Resources for Seniors to learn how to decrease your utility bill.
**You do not have to be a senior although priority goes to the elderly, the disabled, and families with young children.
Time:                     Tuesday, February 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Place:                    South Regional Library
                                4505 South Alston Ave.
Registration:      Starts Sunday, January 10.  Go to http://durhamcountylibrary.org/location/south/, scroll to the bottom, and click on View full South Regional calendar.


E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Tree Disposal – 1/16

E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Tree Disposal – 1/16
Durham residents and businesses looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and dispose of live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event.
The event will be on Saturday, January 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics, paper, and Christmas trees. Hard plastic toys as well as plastic and metal lawn furniture may also be dropped off for recycling.  This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon.  For the complete list of what will be accepted is at http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/event/e-waste-recycling-paper-shredding-tree-disposal/.
Time:                     January 16, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Place:                    Visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium
                                750 Stadium Dr. http://dconc.gov/residents/county-stadium