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

February 7, 2020 | Volume 13, No. 6

Note from Tom

Census 2020: Shaping the Future of Our Community

Every 10 years, the Census counts every person in the United States, and 2020 is one of those years. Your participation is important to help shape the future of our community. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed for hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources. The data gives us vital information to make decisions and plan for the future. It also determines the number of Congress seats for each state and how legislative districts are drawn.

New this year, the 2020 count will be the first time households can respond online, but you will still have the option to respond by phone or mail if you prefer. You can preview the questionnaire on the Census 2020 website and find key dates below.

In addition to making sure you complete the Census, there are additional ways to get involved – apply for a Census job, join a complete count committee, and make sure friends and neighbors know why they should participate. There will be ongoing community outreach events including presentations at the March Partners Against Crime (PAC) meetings (March 9 – PAC 2; March 14 – PAC 3 and PAC 4), and assistance filling out forms starting on March 17. We will continue to share updates as Census 2020 gets underway.

$1,623 per person in federal aid is distributed annually in North Carolina based directly and indirectly on the census count. CHIP, Medicare and Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), Head Start, Foster Care and National School Lunch Program grants, and Highway planning and construction grants (including the NC Powell Bill) rely on census information.

Census 2020 Key Dates:

  • March 12-20: Receive invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 Census and begin responding online at You can also reply by mail or phone.

  • Late March-April: Reminder letters are sent to those who don’t respond.

  • June-July: Census takers go door-to-door to count those who have not responded.

  • December 31: U.S. Census Bureau reports the population count to the President.

  • 2021: Initial 2020 Census data will be made available on
Find additional information and updates at and

City of Durham News

Police Recruiting Unit to Hold Women in Law Enforcement Open House

The Durham Police Department (DPD) will host a Women in Law Enforcement Open House featuring insights from women police officers representing various ranks and units in the department. Register now to learn about pursuing a career as a police officer.

Bull City’s Newest Fire Engine Goes into Service Saturday

On Saturday, February 8, the Fire Department will “push” its newest fire engine into service at Fire Station 12. Residents are invited to join this traditional fire service housing ceremony which will culminate with all participants “pushing” the unit into the station.

GoDurham's East Durham Connect Pilot Program Launches Saturday

Starting Saturday, February 8, residents in a few East Durham neighborhoods will be able to take a Lyft ride between their homes and nearby bus stops and shopping centers. This new pilot program will run through June 30, 2020, and may be extended into 2021.

Police Chief Davis Presents Gang Unit Update

At the Thursday, February 6 City Council Work Session, Police Chief Cerelyn Davis provided an update regarding what has occurred since the October 10, 2019 press conference addressing gun violence. View the presentation slides or listen to the session.

Durham Planning Academy Seeks Spring 2020 Applicants

The Durham City-County Planning Department is seeking applicants for its Durham Planning Academy, which is designed for residents who want a better understanding of planning issues, how they impact current and future development, as well as how to get involved in planning matters. The online application is open through Sunday, March 1.

Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Registration Opens March 16

Summer is right around the corner, which means it is almost time to register for Durham Parks and Recreation summer camps. During the summer of 2020, we are offering Youth and Teen camps, for ages 5-17. From swimming and games to field trips and arts and crafts, your child will be sure to have a ton of fun! Registration opens Monday, March 16, online and onsite. Find details at, or call 919-560-4355.

Free Lifeguard Certification Training from DPR & American Red Cross

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR), in partnership with the American Red Cross, will offer Durham Aquatics School, a free lifeguard certification training to area teens and adults 16 and up. The class will be offered April 13-17, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students who successfully complete the courses will be actively recruited to apply for a lifeguard jobs at DPR's indoor and outdoor pools. Lifeguard positions are available now at a starting hourly pay rate of $17.99. Find details at, or call 919-560-4355. 

Photo Highlight

Images from donation ceremony

Fire Department Receives 500 Donated CO Alarms from Kidde

Durham Fire Chief Robert Zoldos stands next to Kidde representative Sharon Cooksey at the donation ceremony on Tuesday, February 4. The Durham Fire Department will install the 500 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in homes throughout the Bull City. 

Upcoming Events

Durham Hosts East Main Street Re-Striping Plans Open House

Wednesday, February 12, 6-8 p.m.
Refiners' Fire Community Church, 1003 E. Main St.

If you travel on East Main Street, mark your calendar for a February 12 open house to learn about the City’s plans for this roadway to better accommodate people who bike, walk, and ride the bus. An online survey is also available to give feedback. Event details.

Conversation for Youth and Caregivers of Children and Youth

Thursday, February 20, 5:15-7:30 p.m., 2101 Angier Ave.
Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-7:45 p.m., 1101 Cornell st.
What would make Durham a better place for young people? Help answer this question in a conversation led by the City's Office On Youth to create a list of recommendations for the City and County. The event is intended for youth (13-24 years) and caregivers of children and youth (5-24 years) and space is limited. Event details.

Save the Date: 2020 Durham Senior Games Opening Ceremony

Monday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, 1309 Halley St.
On April 13-30, Durham Parks and Recreation will host Durham Senior Games, an Olympic style competition that promotes year-round health for participants ages 50+ years old. The games will be held at various locations in Durham. Residents can register for the games, attend a sporting event as a spectator, or volunteer. Event details.

Durham Water Works for You

Drought Status as of February 7: Normal

Durham is not currently under a drought condition, but as always, please be responsible with your water usage. Visit our website to find data on the current water supply status including current lake levels.

Water Tip of the Week: If you’re looking for interesting ways to conserve water at home, here are a couple lesser known tips that might make a difference. If you have a fish tank, instead of pouring the water from periodic cleanings down the drain, use it to provide nourishment to houseplants. The same can be done with the leftover water when you’ve cooked pasta—just wait for it to cool. Make these practices a habit, and you’ll be surprised at just how much water you save!

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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: Serve on a Durham board; meet the new General Services Department Director; apply to be a vendor at DPR's biggest events; make sure to get counted in the 2020 Census; and experience a new app that makes two downtown murals interactive.

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Host Amy Blalock discussed Board, Committee, and Commission Volunteer Opportunities

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