Monday, November 24, 2014

December meeting

Mark your calendar for the December General meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7pm.

Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Leaves and Other Yard Waste Debris

Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Leaves and Other Yard Waste Debris

Improperly Disposed Leaves Can Clog Stormwater Drains and Contaminate Waterways

​DURHAM, N.C. –  As leaves stop falling and residents perform their final yard maintenance before the spring, the City of Durham is reminding residents to properly dispose of leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste debris.

When residents and business owners blow leaves into the street, the leaves can clog the City’s storm drains and ultimately cause flooding. Leaves also pollute the community’s waterways by adding too many nutrients to the water.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to follow these tips for proper disposal:
•    Enroll in the City’s yard waste program and place leaves and other yard debris in the brown yard waste cart for curbside collection.
•    Dispose of leaves at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Durham.
•    Mulch leaves in the yard with a lawn mower.
•    Rake leaves and put them in a home compost pile.
•    Hire a landscape maintenance firm that properly disposes of yard waste.
•    Leaf burning is prohibited within Durham city limits.

Leaves may be brought to the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center in biodegradable paper bags, garbage bags, or in trailers covered by a tarp. If residents bring leaves in plastic bags, the leaves must be emptied onto the ground in the appropriate yard waste area and the bags must be properly disposed of by the customer.

For more information about enrolling in the City’s yard waste program, visit the City’s website at or contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

To report dumping of yard waste into the City’s drainage system, call (919) 560-7946 or e-mail

For more information about the City’s Stormwater Service Division and why it's important to keep leaves, grass, and litter out of the City’s storm drains, visit,, or call (919) 560-4326.

About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham's Solid Waste Management Department promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. For more information, visit the City's website at

About the Stormwater Services Division with the Public Works Department
The Stormwater Services Division with the City’s Public Works Department is responsible for enforcing all existing stormwater ordinances and regulations. Activities include storm drainage design and plan review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; education and outreach; stream monitoring; and watershed master planning and restoration. For more about this division, visit the City’s website at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Steering committee meeting date change

The November steering committee meeting date has changes from Tuesday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 12. John and Barbara Horton will host.

Haloween Party for teens cancelled

The scheduled Halloween Party for teens in the neighborhood has been cancelled this year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

more crime in HVN

In recent weeks there have been several burglaries in the neighborhood on Saxony and Shrewsbury. In one instance, thieves broken into the crawlspace of a house and stole copper pipes. Keep an eye out for anything suspicious and call 911 if you see anything that looks wrong.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crime and Watchful Neighbors

If you read this blog or come to neighborhood meetings, you know that back in June we had a house break-in and in July someone (or a group of people) went through the neighborhood stealing out of about 15 unlocked cars.

Since January 2014, those are the only crimes that show up for Hope Valley North on the Crimemapper database:

Meaning we live in a pretty safe neighborhood. But there are also many near crimes that you don’t hear about. In recent weeks, a strange man was peering in the windows of a house where new neighbors recently moved. Luckily the new homeowners had meet with their neighbors so when one person saw this strange man looking in windows, she did the best thing she could do….she called the police. Who came and caught the man.

Just yesterday, an SUV with two men drove past a house in HVN and saw a nice bicycle on the front porch. They drove back by, parked on the street and one guy jumped out and walked up the driveway to grab the bike. Again an observant neighbor knew that the person taking the bike did not belong and called the police. He prevented the bike from being stolen.

One of the best deterrents to crime is getting to know your neighbors and calling the police if you see someone or something that looks out of place.

We do live near areas of high crime. The townhouses at the end of Colchester have had two assaults and six break-ins since January. In order to get to those townhouses, criminals must drive through our neighborhood. We all need to be watchful for ourselves and our neighbors.

And thanks to those neighbors mentioned above who paid attention when they saw something odd and called the police!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4
Free & Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents & Businesses
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents and businesses waiting for the next free opportunity to recycle electronic waste and shred confidential documents should plan to attend the E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event early next month.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, 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 and paper.
The event, co-sponsored by the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:
·         Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
·         Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
·         Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
·         Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
·         Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaners
·         Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
·         Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
·         This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon
Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:
·         Paper may contain paper clips and staples; hanging file folders will not be accepted 
·         Only paper should be brought for shredding; CDs, DVDs and other non-paper items will not be accepted 
·         All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper
·         Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material)
·         Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility 
Durham residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit