Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Roadside Solicitation Rules in Durham

New Roadside Solicitation Rules in DurhamNew Roadside Solicitation Rules in Durham
Effective January 16, 2013

Fact Sheet

The City of Durham recently changed the rules for solicitation on streets in the city's corporate limits. For purposes of the new rules, solicitation means asking for money, food or other products and selling of newspapers and other First-Amendment protected goods. Key changes are: Effective January 16, permits from the City are no longer required, and types of locations from which solicitations can be made have changed for the safety of solicitors and motorists.

Here are some answers to questions you might have about Durham's revised rules.

1. Can I still solicit from motor vehicles, including cars, on streets or highways in the city?
Yes, but there are limitations. First, as long as you're not impeding traffic, solicitation is allowed on "non-busy" ;* streets such as those in neighborhoods. However, for safety reasons, solicitation is now subject to new rules on "busy" * streets:
• Streets must be one-way only and not an entrance or exit ramp.
• The solicitor must be on a paved sidewalk, NOT a median or grassy area.
• Transactions must be with a passenger, NOT the driver, and ONLY on the right-hand or passenger side of the car. The solicitor may leave the paved sidewalk to go to the passenger side of a car.
• The transaction must be started and completed while the car is stopped at a red light or stop sign so as not to impede traffic.

2. Can I walk between lanes of traffic that is already stopped to ask for money or sell newspapers?
Not if the car is on a "busy" street. In that case, the car must be in the right- hand lane, and the solicitor cannot go to the driver's side.

3. How about medians?
No person may stand on a median (unless just pausing to get safely from one side of the road to the other). This applies to all streets, both "busy" and "non-busy. "

4. What about advertising done from a street to attract customers to a business located in a building?
This kind of advertising, such as holding going-out-of- business signs, may be done along all streets. If it is a "busy" street, the person holding the sign must stand on a paved sidewalk, or be farther from the roadway than the sidewalk. The sign ordinance also may restrict signage.

5. What about political activities?
The solicitation rules do not apply to persons simply holding signs referring to a political matter. But, solicitors asking for money or handing out brochures must follow the rules summarized in this fact sheet.

6. What other restrictions are there on "busy" streets?
• No pets are allowed to accompany solicitors, unless they are service animals.
• Solicitors MUST wear reflective vests, kept clean and in good condition. The vest must be "Class II or Class III ANSI 107-2004."
• Solicitors may only solicit during daylight.
• Solicitors MUST clean up and remove their property from the site any time they leave.
• Only newspapers, magazines or other First Amendment-protected items may be sold.
• Signs are limited in size (no larger than 2 feet in any dimension), and cannot be lighted or animated.
• Solicitations cannot be done in work zones or within 100 feet of a bridge.

7. Do I need to come to City Hall before soliciting?
Permits are no longer required for any of the above activities. However, anyone selling -- whether on roadways or elsewhere -- must pay the business tax (privilege license tax), which can be done on the first floor of City Hall. Those who only ask for money and are not selling do not need to pay the business tax.

8. Why were the changes made?
Safety of solicitors and motorists was the primary purpose for changes to the rules.

9. If I have questions?
More details are contained in the new revised roadway solicitation ordinance, as adopted by the Durham City Council. Questions should be directed to Richard Weintraub in the Office of the City Attorney at (919) 560-4158 ext. 13242, or richard.weintraub@ durhamnc. gov. If you email, please include "roadways" ; in the subject line. For sign ordinance questions, contact the City-County Planning Department at (919) 560-4137 ext. 28214 (Harold Smith), or ext. 28252 (Dennis Doty, CZO), or email planning@durhamnc. gov.

*"Busy" streets are U. S. highways, State roads and highways, streets and highways with a speed limit of 35 MPH or more, streets and highways with more than two designated travel lanes, streets and highways with a median, and one-way streets. "Non-busy" ; streets are the rest of the streets located in the city limits.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Break-in and thefts

So far in January there have been four crimes within a 1/2 mile radius of Hope Valley North:

Jan 9 2013         15xx MARTIN LUTHER KING JR PKWY      Burglary/Breaking and Entering  Burglary
Jan 12 2013       11xx SAXONY DR                                          Burglary/Breaking and Entering  Burglary
Jan 17 2013       36xx SUFFOLK ST                                         Larceny/Theft Offenses/Theft of Motor Vehicle
Jan 15 2013       36xx GLIDEWELL CT                                    Larceny/Theft Offenses  All Other Larceny

Please remember to lock your car and house doors. Call 911 is you see anyone you tink is suspicious.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

FREE Home Energy House Call - Duke Energy

Home Energy House Call is a free in-home energy assessment designed to help you learn how your home uses energy and how you can save on your monthly bills. The program provides personalized information unique to your home and energy practices. This service is available to Duke Energy customers that meet the qualifications below.

How do I qualify?

You qualify for a free Home Energy House Call if you:
  • Are a Duke Energy customer
  • Own your single-family home and have lived there for at least four months
  • Have an electric water heater and/or electric heat, or central air
  • Mobile homes – due to such specific building specifications there is little room for improvement, therefore do not qualify.
  • Rental properties - Duke Energy prefers to work directly with home owners to avoid seeking the approval from the property owner who may not be interested in having any of the recommended energy efficient items installed at their apartment/house. Additionally, since many customers may only reside in rental property on a temporary basis it’s difficult to obtain your personalized electric usage needed to validate the cost savings calculated in the personalized energy report you receive following the on-site audit.

How it Works

One homeowner must be present at the time of the audit. A trained energy specialist will visit your home, at your convenience, to conduct a thorough in-home analysis. The energy specialist will:
  • Analyze your total home energy usage
  • Check your home for air leaks
  • Examine your insulation levels
  • Review your appliances and heating/cooling system
From the information collected, a custom-tailored report detailing steps you can take to increase efficiency and reduce your energy bill is prepared and given to you before your energy specialist leaves your home.
As part of our commitment to saving you money on your energy bill, we will also provide you with a free Energy Efficiency Starter Kit that includes Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. The energy specialist can install the items at the time of your Home Energy House Call, so you can begin saving your energy dollars right away.
Begin saving on your energy bill today!

Complete the request form at this link or call 1-877-388-7676 to sign up.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's that time....

It's time to pay your dues. The HVNNA dues are $25.00 per year. Your paid dues are needed to help with the cost of various community projects. Some community projects include: front entrance work, clean up days, neighborhood cookouts, and benevolence fund.

Dues may be submitted by check to:

P.O. Box 51283
Durham, NC 27717

Dues will also be collected at the next meeting or can be given to your block captain.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Durham Residents Invited to Join the City Council for Coffee and Conversation

DURHAM, N.C. - Durham residents interested in giving their input
directly to the City Council on the City of Durham's 2013-2014 fiscal
year budget should mark their calendars now to attend one of five
"Coffee with Council" community meetings to be held throughout February
and March.

Hosted by the Durham City Council, the Coffee with Council sessions are
a series of face-to-face meetings designed to give residents the
opportunity to provide direct feedback to council members on budget
priorities for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The sessions also include a
presentation on the City's budget outlook for the upcoming fiscal year.

Residents who have ideas or comments on the use of City resources are
encouraged to attend any of the meetings scheduled below:

* Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to noon - Campus Hill
Recreation Center, 2000 S. Alston Ave. (PAC 4)

* Saturday, February 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Holton
Career and Resource Center's Child Care Center, Second Floor, 401 N.
Driver St. (PAC 1)

* Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - City Hall
Committee Room, Second Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza (PAC 5; Spanish
translation will be provided)

* Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon - Lyon Park Community
Family Life and Recreation Center, 1309 Halley St. (PAC 3)- our regular PAC 3 Meeting

* Monday, March 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Durham Public
Schools Resource Center, 2107 Hillandale Rd. (PAC 2)

There will also be two budget public hearings held in conjunction with
regularly scheduled City Council meetings. The first public hearing will
be held on Monday, March 4 and the second public hearing will be held on
Monday, June 3.

For more information about the Coffee with Council meetings, contact
Vivienne Bass with the City's Budget and Management Services Department
by email at Vivienne.Bass@ DurhamNC. gov or call (919) 560-4111, ext.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 HVNNA schedule- mark your calendars

HVNNA dates for 2013

*All meetings at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted*

February 12 – steering committee meeting

March 12 – general meeting

April 20 – tentative date for Spring Fling (rain date 4/27) * time TBD

May 14 – steering committee meeting

June 11 – general meeting

August 6 – National Night Out * time TBD

August 13 – steering committee meeting

September 10 – general meeting

November 12 – steering committee meeting

December 10 – general meeting

2013 Recycling Schedule for HVN

Questions about what can be recycled and what can'? Check out this brochure: http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/swmd/Documents/recycling_brochure.pdf

Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...