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Morehead Hill
Durham, North Carolina

Morehead Hill scene 

Welcome to Morehead Hill, a historic residential neighborhood located just south of downtown Durham, North Carolina.

Upcoming event:

What: Town Hall Forum: The Impact of the Durham County Jail on Durham City Residents
Presented by: Durham Human Relations Commission

On any given day, the Durham County jail, located in the heart of downtown Durham, holds approximately 500 people, many of whom live in the city of Durham. In response to concerns by Durham city residents, the Durham Human Relations Commission will host a Town Hall for the community to better understand the impact of the Durham County Jail on our city.

The forum will include speakers from a range of perspectives, including letters received from people inside the jail, as well as provide an opportunity for questions from the community.

Presenters will include speakers from the Inside Outside Alliance, Durham County Sheriff's Office, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and 14th Judicial District Court.

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
Durham City Hall
City Council Chambers

101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701

Did you know...?

The City of Durham has adopted requirements to help make our community a more sustainable place to live. These watering requirements are consistent with irrigation schedules in most of our neighboring communities.

Landscape irrigation makes up a large portion of our consumption, particularly during the warmer months of the year. In fact, irrigation during summer months can increase demand on the treatment plants between 20% - 40%. By improving the efficiency of our irrigation practices, we can reduce consumption, save money, and preserve this precious resource.

The mandatory outdoor irrigation schedule applies to all spray irrigation systems and allows customers to irrigate according to the following schedule:
  • Odd-numbered addresses may water once on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays either before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Even-numbered addresses may water once on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays either before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • No watering may occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on allowed watering days.
  • No customers are permitted to water on Mondays.


Starting September 14, 2016 dog owners who do not clean up after their animals can be fined $50-$150. This law applies to any public property, public right-of-way, or private property without the permission of a private property owner.


This ordinance does not apply to a guide dog, service dog, or hearing dog accompanying any person with a disability.


FAQ's About the New Law

When does the new ordinance go into effect?


The new ordinance was passed by the Board of County Commissioners on March 7, 2016.  The Board declared an educational period until September 14, 2016, at which time enforcement may begin on this ordinance.


Who can enforce this new ordinance?


As this ordinance is a non-criminal offense, the only enforcement action can be administered by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.


What are the fines associated with this ordinance?


The fines will fall within the guidelines established under Article I, Sec. 4-9 which are as follows:


A civil penalty of $50.00 shall be assessed for the first violation.

A civil penalty of $100.00 shall be assessed for the second violation.

A civil penalty of $150.00 shall be assess for habitual violations.

Who do I call to report a violation of this ordinance?


Call the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 919-560-0900.


What is the criteria needed to prove a violation of this ordinance?


The determination of whether there’s a violation of the ordinance is at the discretion of the deputy who responds to the call for service. The decision of whether a violation has occurred, and whether there is sufficient evidence to identify the responsible party is determined on a case-by-case basis following an evaluation of all of the facts available.


What options do I have to refute a civil penalty?


A civil penalty can only be appealed during the process for collecting it.


Where do you pay a civil penalty?


There are two options for paying a civil penalty:


You can pay the civil penalty to Durham County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division located at 3005 Glenn Road, Durham, NC 27704

Or you can go to the Durham County Tax Collector located at 200 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.


For more information, please visit:

For upcoming events in and around the neighborhood, check our own Events page, and try NC Events or the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau's Things to See and Do page

Get your pets FIXED for $20 OR LESS!!

AnimalKind helps low-income residents of Durham County with the cost of getting their cats and dogs fixed!

Visit their website at for details on qualifying for THE $20 FIX or call 919.870.1660.


Don’t qualify?  Visit for a list of reduced cost spay/neuter resources in your area or call the SpayNC Helpline at 1 888-NC-FIX-EM (1-888-623-4936).

Old news:

For those who were unable to join us on Sunday Sept. 13th at the Members' Meeting and/or the Sunday, September 18th Potluck/Election meeting (see Minutes, below), we'd still love to hear from you. We encourage you to share your views on Morehead Hill as a neighborhood and thoughts on the priorities for the Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association. Please send your comments and questions anytime to Thank you!

Click here for a .PDF file containing the meeting minutes (as reproduced below) along with both attachments. The layout of the second attachment (a summary report on the Members' Meeting and Online Survey results) was just too complex to reproduce here on the web site. The .PDF file is stored in the files section of our moreheadhill Yahoo Group, so you need to log in to Yahoo to access it.  

Minutes: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association
Fall Potluck & Board Election Meeting 

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 4-7pm
909 S. Duke St.


1.    Introduction & agenda review


Bruce Mitchell, MHNA President, briefly reviewed the agenda for the meeting.  


2.    MHNA President’s report


Bruce provided a brief report on accomplishments and progress by the MHNA during the previous year, highlighting the ongoing efforts to encourage increased volunteerism and engagement among neighborhood residents, exemplified by the September Members' Meeting and subsequent online survey (see details, below).  


3.    Treasurer’s report


Susan Callaghan, MHNA Treasurer, provided an update on our finances and membership. We had 48 members as of October 18th (many of whom are due for renewal). Our neighborhood has approximately 440 households. MHNA currently has $1,303 cash on hand, a number that has remained more or less constant throughout the year. Lately, we take in about as much in donations as we spend overall. Voluntary membership donations constitute our sole source of income. Expenditures during the year included printing flyers for meetings; venue rent, supplies and food for potluck events; and website hosting fees. See “MHNA Treasurer’s Report” attached, below, for details.


A request was made by a MHNA member to have the Treasurer’s report posted on the MHNA website for review by the community, including membership stats and itemized accounting of income and expenditures. Input into spending by members was also requested. Another community member indicated an interest in the use of MHNA funds by community members. Note: These topics were discussed at the board meeting the following day; see the minutes for that meeting for details.


4.    PAC3 & NNO updates


Ken Macdonald, our PAC3 delegate, gave us an overview and a summary of activities at Partners Against Crime, District 3 (PAC3), highlighting the recent Candidate’s Forum featuring those who won in the September primary for the Mayoral race (two candidates) and City Council At Large seats (six candidates). Ken also filled us in on our successful National Night Out event in August, which he ably coordinates, attended by at least 35 neighbors, as well as representatives of the Durham Police Dept., Sheriff’s Dept., Parks & Rec, Neighborhood Improvement Services, and at least two City Councilors.


5.    QOL update


Our QOL Delegate, Gary Ander, with support from QOL Alternate, Hillary Honig, provided a brief overview of the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project (QOL) and its activities this year. In recent meetings, QOL has undertaken a thorough re-evaluation of its mission and priorities. They have decided to focus on affordable housing and cultural preservation in the neighborhoods. The latter refers primarily to ongoing efforts to maintain and upgrade the Pauli Murray House.


6.    INC Update


Our INC Delegate, Rochelle Araujo, gave an overview of the Inter Neighborhood Council (INC) and its activities this year. She highlighted a number of resolutions INC passed that address key issues affecting Durham neighborhoods, such as local cell phone tower regulations, legislative actions affecting citizens’ rights to protest petitions on zoning actions, affordable housing, and the ongoing efforts of GoTriangle (formerly Triangle Transit Authority) to plan a major light rail project in Durham and Chapel Hill. Full details are available for review in the meeting minutes posted at MHNA members who are interested in INC are invited to attend the monthly INC meetings and/or subscribe to the INC listserv.


7.    MHNA Members’ Meeting & Online Survey follow-up  


At our September 13th Member’s Meeting, Rochelle Araujo, led an interactive session in which attending members affixed ‘dots’ and Post-It notes to several flipcharts that Rochelle prepared in advance, indicating preferences and priorities on various topics of interest to the neighborhood and the MHNA, followed by brief group discussion of those topics. Rochelle also developed and fielded an online survey reflecting what was on the flipcharts so that those who could not attend this meeting could participate that way. Links to the online survey were posted on the web site, on our Facebook page, and sent out on the listserv. Rochelle developed a report based on the results from the meeting and online survey, which we discussed at the potluck. See attached report for details.


8.    Work Group updates 


The priorities identified in the exercise & online survey described above led to the establishment of work groups to address the most important areas of concern to the neighborhood. Most of these newly formed work groups have not yet had a chance to get together and establish their leadership, structure, and priorities. The Transportation/Traffic work group will build on work already started by a small group previously formed to address traffic safety issues plaguing Vickers Ave. and other locations. The Environment work group has not yet had a chance to meet, but as Gary Ander noted, we already have a “Big Sweep” clean-up event scheduled for Saturday, October 31st, starting at 9am behind Henderson Tower on Duke Street. All are encouraged to participate in this important effort. See our web site or our Facebook page for details.


We had a brief discussion about the formation of work groups and their relationship to the MHNA board, the details of which are to be worked out by the groups and the board in the near future. See the aforementioned follow-up report for more information about work groups.


9.    MHNA Board of Directors nominations & election


As publicized on our listserv and web site, we had one nominee for each of the positions on our board of directors by the time this potluck/election meeting was held. The floor was opened to additional nominations, but there were none. A motion was made to vote on the whole slate of nominees (rather than one by one), which was seconded and carried.


The assembled members of the Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association elected the following board members for a one year term:


·         President: Bruce Mitchell

·         Vice President: Rochelle Araujo

·         Treasurer: Susan Callaghan

·         Secretary: Melanie Eberhart 

·         PAC 3 (Partners Against Crime, District 3): Ken Macdonald 

·         QOL (Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life): Gary Ander  

·         INC (Inter-Neighborhood Council): Rochelle Araujo

·         At Large board members: 

o    Jeff Ensminger

o    Kelli Dugan

o    Hillary Honig (alternate QOL delegate)  


The next election will be held in October 2016.


To contact the MHNA board of directors, send e-mail to:

For the current by-laws and related information about the MHNA Board, refer to the moreheadhill Yahoo!® Group.


 10. Have your say


 Nobody signed up for “Have your say” at this meeting.

Attachment: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association Treasurer’s Report, October 2015


FY 2014-2015

YTD FY 2015-2016



Opening Balance


  $ 1,268











Member Dues



























Orchard Park Rental







Hill House Rental







Event Food & Supplies














INC Membership














Total Expenses













Closing Balance


 $ 1,303




















Member Households



Renewed & New
























Effective Cost per Member























Number of Events








Member Dues










Net Gain/(Loss)

 $         9

 $    (31)












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