The following highlights from the February 21, 2011 Durham City Council meeting and other topics of interest will be featured in this episode of "City Hall This Week." The show will begin airing on Friday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
- The 2010 Annual Crime Report shows that overall crime in Durham is going down. Part 1 Index Crime, which is the total of property and violent crime, was at a 10-year low in 2010. Property crime was down two percent in 2010 compared to 2009, and violent crime was up by approximately two percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Police Chief Jose Lopez, Sr. offers an explanation for many of those numbers in this episode of "City Hall This Week."
- Police Department Receives 2011 Fugitive Apprehension Task Force Grant The City Council adopted an $18,638 2011 Fugitive Apprehension Task Force grant project ordinance with the United States Marshals Service. The agreement allows the department to be paid for overtime expenses incurred while helping the U.S. Marshals Service apprehend fugitives. The department is currently using money from its general fund to pay these expenses. A local match of $3,638 is required for the department to receive the federal grant.
- Work to Repave Durham's Worst Streets Rapidly Progressing The City Council approved four contracts that will work toward the repaving of more than 150 miles of Durham's worst streets. In each of the four projects, the City will pay just over $4 million to repair 36 miles of streets. Dividing the work in this way has allowed the costs to come in lower than expected; meaning more streets than initially anticipated will be repaired. The street repaving projects will be paid for with the $20 million bond approved by voters in November.
- Several City parks and recreational facilities are about to get some long-awaited renovations. The City Council approved a $906,987 contract for a multi-site park renovations project. The parks involved are Crest Street, Forest Hills, and Garrett Road. In addition, improvements will also be made to Spruce Pine Lodge. Project Manager Marilee Martin explains what upgrades will be made at each of these sites on the upcoming episode of "City Hall This Week."
- Other interviews featured on upcoming episode of "City Hall This Week":
• Durham Police Dept. Analytical Services Manager Jason Schiess -- Explains how a couple of crime mapping websites can help keep your family safe.
• Triangle Transit Planner Patrick McDonough -- Offers an update on local and regional transportation plans for Durham and the Triangle.
• North Carolina Central University Chancellor Charlie Nelms -- Offers a behind the scenes look at the Marching Sound Machine's trip to the Rose Parade.