City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

December 20, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 44

Note from Tom


Reflections on 2019: Part 2

As we get ready to ring in the new year, it’s a nice opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months and end on a positive note. Looking back, the City of Durham packed a lot into 2019, and that’s worth acknowledging. This week, we bring you a second round of highlights from the past year. If you missed it, be sure to check out part one.

This will be the last City Manager's Report in 2019, and we will return on the first Friday of 2020. The City of Durham wishes you a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year.

Participatory Budgeting staff collects community input; Durham Youth Commission does team-building activity in City Hall
  • The Durham Mayors Challenge hosted a kick-off event to continue the City's innovative approach to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips to downtown Durham and promote alternative transportation. The City was awarded $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies for this effort.
  • In May, residents were invited to vote in the City’s first-ever participatory budgeting (PB Durham) process, and in June, the winning projects were announced. Work is underway to put those projects into action and evaluate the process for future participatory budgeting cycles.
  • The Office of Economic and Workforce Development presented a roadmap for equitable development, launched an entrepreneurial training program for women-owned small businesses, and published new startup roadmaps to provide guidance to small, local businesses.
  • The Office on Youth had an incredible year exploring how to make Durham a better place for young people. Highlights include hiring new youth staff, launching a Youth Listening Project, and hosting an award-winning Youth Voice Festival.
Solar panels on roof of Fire & EMS Station 17; Community members browse information booths at the bilingual open house at City Hall
Exterior image of DPAC in the evening; large group of volunteers stand next to bags of garbage that they collected
  • With a record-high attendance of 536,710 guests and a record-breaking 163 sellout performances, DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) celebrated the ending of a highly successful 2018/2019 season.
  • During September and October, 649 Durham volunteers came together for the biggest litter cleanup event of the year. Big Sweep 2019 resulted in 16,000 pounds of waste removed from 50 sites.
  • Through a $125,000 CHAMPS grant, the work of Durham Public Schools (DPS), and multiple community partners, the City helped address childhood hunger in Durham. DPS served 86,415 after-school meals at six sites, 1,435 after-school meals at the North Regional Library and Durham Housing Authority Oxford Manor, served 92 summer meal sites with an average of 3,382 meals per day during the summer months, and served an average of 10,206 breakfasts per day. 
Please note, some of the recurring sections of the City Manager's Report have been removed or condensed for this issue, but we will return to the regular format in January.

City of Durham News


Fire Department Hosts Holiday Bicycle Recycle Repair Day & Giveaway

In the spirit of holiday giving, the City of Durham Fire Department teamed up with the Durham Bike Co-Op to collect and repair donated bikes, and has given nearly 300 bikes back to families in the community.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Christmas & New Years

Most City offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency operations, will close Dec. 23-25 in observance of Christmas and Jan. 1 for New Year's Day. Please take note of changes in City services and programs, and find e-waste & tree disposal details


Free Curbside and Drop-off Collection Sites for Live Christmas Trees

The City of Durham offers several free ways to dispose of your live Christmas tree during January through February 1, including curbside pick-up and various drop off locations. Find the details for the option that is most convenient for you.


Police and Partners Offer Cardboard Collection Sites Through January 3

Don't advertise to thieves! The Durham Police Department (DPD) encourages residents to break down large electronics boxes and other recyclable packaging and take them to a recycling center instead of placing them by the curb. Find collection site details and additional disposal tips.

Don't miss DPD's additional public service announcements and safety tips for the holiday season:

Upcoming Events



Solid Waste staff help collect items at e-waste event

E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Live Tree Drop-Off Event

Saturday, January 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.

The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting a free event to collect old electronics (e-waste), papers for shredding, live trees, and old clothes and textiles. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading these items. Event details.


Durham Information Network


Durham Information Network is the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Follow our channels to stay engaged and informed, including Durham Television Network, the City Manager’s Report, and the Durham Digest.


Now Showing on Durham Television Network

Get a recap of this week's news in three minutes with the latest episode of Bull City Wrap.

In this week's episode: Work will begin to improve New Hope Creek and Little Creek Watersheds; Groundwork starts for updated Durham County Transit Plan; Engage Durham seeks input on Durham's future; Upcoming recycling and shredding event will help you clean house.
Host Amy BLalock discusses the Engage Durham Online Survey

Social Spotlight

Earlier this week, we held our annual reception to express our gratitude to all of the volunteers who serve on our 30+ boards, commissions, and committees. Thank you for your public service to Durham! Check out all 88 photos from our reception.

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