Tuesday, November 17, 2015

loose dogs

We have heard several complains about a loose and aggressive brown dog on Winchester. This is just a reminder, when you see a loose dog, call 911

The Durham County Animal Services office is located at 3005 Glenn Road and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This office should be contacted for information purposes only at 919-560-0630. For emergency situations requiring the response of an animal services officer, please call 911 or the Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center at 919-560-0900.

No leaves in the street

Repost from Keep Durham Beautiful website (2013)

Keep Durham Beautiful encourages responsible leaf management.
It’s so tempting to just blow or rake leaves directly into the street and out of your yards. You’re probably thinking, why keep leaves and grass clippings off the street? The answer is simple…it’s very bad for our water quality and can create hazardous street conditions. Leaves and grass clippings clog storm drains, causing flooding during storms both in the streets and in our waterways.
Leaves in storm drains also contribute unwanted nutrients into streams and lakes, which ultimately decreases our water quality. Storm drains empty directly into nearby surface waters without treatment, making it imperative that only rainwater enters them.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to properly dispose of your leaves, keep in mind that leaves in our streets causes our community to look untidy. More importantly, City of Durham’s street sweepers could come along and suck up the leaves. This may seem helpful, but in fact, the leaves make the sweepers less efficient by forcing them to work harder to collect litter and debris beneath the leaves. Debris collected by street sweepers is not compostable in the same way that leaves are. As a result of litter contamination, it is considered “municipal solid waste” and must go into the landfill with other trash.
Durham street sweepers collected 6.4 million pounds of debris last year. While this is an important way to clear litter and debris from our streets, it is no substitute for prevention. Residents can help by keeping the street and drains near their property clean and clear of litter, leaves and grass clippings.
How can you dispose of leaves properly?
  • Compost your leaves on your own property. In mowing season, leave grass clippings on your lawn to act as fertilizer.
  • Hire a yard service that properly disposes of leaves.
  • Take your leaves to the City of Durham transfer station for a prorated fee of $26.50 per ton.
  • City residents can become yard waste customers and rent a cart for a $78 annual fee. Yard waste customers may place up to ten additional biodegradable brown bags filled with leaves alongside yard waste carts each week.
  • County residents with a current 2013 decal can dispose of yard waste at the Bahama, Redwood, and Parkwood Convenience Sites. Visit the County’s website at www.dconc.gov/recycling for more information.
  • Remember, burning leaves is not allowed in the City or County due to fire hazard and air quality concerns.
Leaves and other yard waste collected from City yard waste customers are ground up for volume reduction and transported to another compost facility that turns them into valuable products such as fertilizer amendments.
For information about composting leaves on your property, renting a yard waste cart, or visiting the transfer station, contact the City’s Solid Waste Management Department at (919) 560-4186 or visit www.DurhamNC.gov.
If you would like to help even more, you can check out a kit and volunteer to label storm drains in your neighborhood with anti-pollution messages. Contact the City of Durham Stormwater Services and GIS Division (919) 560-4326, ext. 30235 or StormwaterEducation@DurhamNC.gov to get started.
About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful, a non-profit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, engages and inspires individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment. To learn more, visit www.KeepDurhamBeautiful.org to sign up for our newsletter. Be sure to like us at www.facebook.com/KeepDurhamBeautiful or follow us at  www.twitter.com/DurhamBeautiful.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recent District 3 Trends- from the DPD

Good afternoon-

Recently, there have been a couple of trends that you should be aware of:

1. This month there were a few situations where residents left doors or windows unsecured and had items taken over night or while they were elsewhere in the house or yard. This is just a reminder- no matter what you are doing, please make sure that your home is sufficiently secured before you leave the room. I know that in this weather, it is tempting to open screen doors or windows. Please be aware when you do so and secure them when you leave the area.

2. In several situations, we have a person or a couple of persons knocking on the front door prior to going around to force a rear door. If someone knocks on your door please respond so that they know someone is home. In these situations, the persons have not wanted to interact with residents so they fled.

If you do see anything or anyone who seems out of place, please do not hesitate to call 911 and report it. We appreciate all of the information you may provide.

Thank you.

Lt. Mark Morais
Acting Commander- District 3 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

car used in recent burglaries-Red Toyota Camry

-----message from the police-------------------------

In reference to the recent Hope Valley burglaries. A Red Toyota Camry bearing North Carolina registration DCE 8524 was seen this morning leaving the scene of a break in on Knightsbridge Court. The car pulled up let two people out and came back a few minutes later to pick them up. The vehicle was spotted again on Devon and Buckingham Road. Durham Police immediately flooded the area in an effort to locate the vehicle and its occupants but were unsuccessful. If you see this vehicle in the area or if you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood please call 911 immediately.

Thank you.


Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

Friday, October 2, 2015

City of Durham Preparing for Hurricane Joaquin

City of Durham Preparing for Hurricane Joaquin
DURHAM, N.C. –The City of Durham is busy preparing to keep operations running smoothly as several weather systems converge on the Triangle including Hurricane Joaquin. Residents are encouraged to like the City’s Facebook page and follow the City’s Twitter feed to get up-to-date information about roads, programs, services and more.
The City’s Public Works Department is working to clear clogged stormwater drains and ensure all equipment and crews are prepped and ready to respond if needed. Residents are asked to help by proactively removing debris that may be clogging storm drains near their homes or businesses. The department will also be putting out signage if roadways flood to help warn motorists as well as coordinating with the local NCDOT maintenance office to ensure that State-maintained roads within the city limits are passable.
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. 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. The clearing of private streets is also the responsibility of the homeowners within that subdivision. 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).
The Durham Police Department is urging motorists and pedestrians to avoid driving or walking through flooded streets since most storm-related deaths are caused by flooding. If residents see standing water, they are advised to not try to walk or drive through it.
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 #8. Updates will also be available on DPR’s website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
To plan for an emergency, Durham residents should:
·         Be sure emergency supply kits have enough bottled water and non-perishable food to sustain each family member for three to seven days. Include a weather radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, change of clothes, blankets or sleeping bag, rain gear and appropriate footwear. Also include copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.
·         Plan for pets by gathering supplies and putting them in an easily-accessible container.
·         Prepare homes by cleaning out gutters and clearing property of debris that could damage buildings in strong winds.
·         Determine if you are in a flood plain or flood-prone area and know evacuation routes. Listen to local officials and evacuate as instructed.
·         Stay tuned to local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center (NHC) as well as State and local emergency management officials.