City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 8 - March 4, 2016

Police Chief Search on Schedule

Recruitment for the city's next police chief is on schedule. Six candidates participated in a two-day assessment center this week, which is an interview process that provides more insight into the candidates' management, decision-making, interpersonal and other skills. Following an intense background check, the top two-to-three finalists will be scheduled to meet with police department staff and with the public in late March. The City is still on track to offer the position by early April, with the selected candidate starting in May.
Mayor Bill Bell speaks with airmen from the U.S. Air Force 2016 Air War College International Fellows Field Study.
Mayor Bill Bell shares insights about Durham with senior airmen participating in the U.S. Air Force's 2016 Air War College International Fellows Field Study. The Durham Police Department hosted the delegation of 54 airmen representing 46 countries who are studying American culture, politics and issues in law enforcement. The half-day event also included Durham history; an overview of the Durham Police Department and police-community outreach programs; and a panel discussion on police-community relationships.

Durham to Celebrate Arbor Day Sunday

Durham will hold its annual observance of Arbor Day on Sunday with a ceremony, displays and tree plantings beginning at noon at the Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave. More

Residents Invited to Join Durham City Council for Coffee and Conversation

Durham residents interested in giving their input directly to the City Council on the City of Durham’s annual budget should mark their calendars now to attend upcoming “Coffee with Council” meetings. 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 2016-2017 fiscal year. The sessions also include a presentation on the City’s budget outlook for the upcoming fiscal year. The next session will be on March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the committee room of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. More

Durham YouthWork Offers Summer Internship Application Assistance

Durham youth, ages 14 to 24, who need help completing their applications for summer internships will now have several opportunities this month thanks to the Durham YouthWork Internship Program (DYIP). Applications are now being accepted online for summer employment opportunities that will be available this year through the DYIP. Potential applicants may apply for DYIP positions by visiting the City’s website. The position name is listed as “Durham YouthWork Intern” and the deadline to apply is March 31. More

Student Essays Sought to Celebrate National Community Development Week

Do you live near Southside? Do you have a relative who was a homeless veteran?  Do you or a family member live in affordable rental housing or live in a house your family purchased through a City of Durham program? If so, then the City’s Community Development Department wants to hear from you. To celebrate National Community Development Week, which will take place this year from March 28 to April 2, the department is hosting a student essay contest to involve Durham youth in thinking about how the City’s use of federal program funding impacts their lives. The essay contest – “What Does Community Development Mean to Me?” – is open to all Durham middle and high school students attending any public or private school or being home-schooled. More

Creek Week Leads Durham Community in Caring for Waterways

Interested in discovering and protecting Durham’s local waterways? Durham will celebrate its annual Creek Week March 12-19 and offer indoor and outdoor activities to help people of all ages and abilities learn more about creeks, rivers, and lakes and how to keep them healthy. During this event, residents have a chance to join litter cleanups, go on a canoe adventure, learn from experts at a talk at the library, join master naturalists on hikes, and enjoy family fun at the final celebration.  More

Durham Speaks: We Listen!

New for this fiscal year, Budget and Management Services will use the City’s website to interact with residents about the budget. We will periodically release opinion polls and new discussion topics as Budget and Management Services works on the budget. Our first discussion will open March 7th, following the first public hearing on the budget - what do you want to see in the FY 2017 budget? Visit the website to join the discussion! You will need to sign up using either your email or Facebook account in order to respond to the discussion.

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City Hall This Week

City Leaders Consider Draft Guidelines for Possible Downtown Rental Subsidy Program
City leaders are now considering draft guidelines developed for a possible
Downtown Rental Subsidy Program. The program would target low-income households between 60-80 percent of the area median income. Enterprise Community Partners Vice President Karen Lado explains how the program would work. Watch the show.


In Mayor Bill Bell’s State of the City Address two years ago, he made poverty reduction a long-term priority to help people living in Census Tract 10.01, which is a large section of Northeast Central Durham with high levels of residents living below the poverty line. In what has become known as the Mayor’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, six task forces have been working to tackle issues ranging from jobs, public safety, finance, health, housing, and education. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson is joined by City Councilmember Steve Schewel and County Commissioner Wendy Jacobs to talk about projects now underway by their task forces, and how these projects will help improve the lives of many Durham residents. Watch the show.

DCHC MPO Seeks Public Comment on Transportation Priorities

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the draft goals and objectives for its 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects. Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the draft goals, objectives, and performance measures using a variety of methods. The deadline to complete online survey is April 1.  More 

Jr. Fire Marshal Academy Seeks Future Firefighters

If you have a youth interested in what it takes to become a firefighter then the City of Durham Jr. Fire Marshal Academy is one opportunity not to be missed. The Durham Fire Department and Durham Parks and Recreation are joining forces to host the 2016 Jr. Fire Marshal Academy. The free academy, previously known as the Jr. Fire Marshal Program, takes place during spring break. It allows participants to explore careers in the fire service industry and other service-related careers while learning to become safety ambassadors for the community.   More 

Safety to Take Center Stage at Annual Neighborhood, Community Watch Workshop, April 16

The Durham Police Department Community Resource Unit is holding its annual Neighborhood and Community Watch Workshop on  April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. Session topics will include: Online Safety, Watch For Me NC (pedestrian/crosswalk safety), Forensics Accreditation, Nextdoor/RaidsOnline, Citizen Observer Patrol and Police Protocols. Participation is limited to the first 150 persons who register at by close of business April 8.   More 

City of Durham Continues Temporary Changes To Water Disinfection Method

Durham residents may notice a slight change in the taste and color of their water during the month of March. Through March 31, the City of Durham’s Department of Water  Management will  temporarily stop adding ammonia as a part of the water treatment disinfection process in order to meet annual state and federal water requirements. During this time, only chlorine will be used for disinfection. The department’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division will also begin flushing the entire water system to allow chlorine to disperse throughout the system.  More

Parks and Recreation Notes

Summer Camp and Summer Fun With DPR

Durham Parks and Recreation will begin registration for its 2016 Summer Camp season on March 14. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., participants can register online or onsite at any DPR recreation center. Participants will need a login account and ID to register online. Instructions can be found on the website. More 

Parks and Recreation Hosts Egg Hunts

Durham Parks and Recreation will host egg hunts on March 12 and 19 at park locations around the city. March 12 will be at Campus Hills Recreation Center, 2000 S. Alston Ave. March 19 events will be at Campus Hills Recreation Center and West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Road.  More

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status - 3/2/16 - Days of Supply: 274 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information, visit

Conservation at Work and Home

There are many ways to cut your water consumption at work and home. The Durham Saves Water web page provides all kinds of informative conservation tips such as money-saving kits for water customers, rain barrels and rebates available if you purchase WaterSense toilets.

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction

The City of Durham Downtown Loop Waterline Replacement project will replace more than 12,000 linear feet of 1930"s era water mains in Durham's Downtown Loop area to improve service delivery. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Installation of waterline connections and services on Morgan Street near the Carolina Theatre are anticipated. Lane closures and shifts on Morgan Street will be used to complete the work. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all lane closures and traffic shifts. Portions of the on-street parking in the western half of the block will be closed as water meter connections are being completed in this area. Project information and updates are available on the website or contact any City or Kimley-Horn staff listed on the web page.

Get in the Know with the City on Facebook and Twitter

Keeping up with City of Durham news and events has never been easier. The City has a Facebook page and Twitter feed, making it even simpler to stay up-to-date on what's going on with your City government. Simply like the City's Facebook page or follow the City's Twitter feed. To check out a listing of all of the City's social media pages, visit the Office of Public Affairs website.

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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service via telephone at 919-560-1200 and in person at the City Hall lobby desk.  Durham One Call is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week via the City’s website. Durham One Call is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience on behalf of the City!

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