City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - volume 9, No. 10 - March 18, 2016

Traffic Stop Data Study Results Released

Results from an independent study done at the request of the Durham Police Department showed that black male drivers were more likely to be pulled over during daylight hours than at night in recent years. Research Triangle Institute International compared 151,701 Durham traffic stops from January 2010 through October 2015. The study also found that the disproportionality between the number of black males stopped during daylight, when the race of the driver would be presumably more apparent, compared to nighttime, had largely disappeared by the last two years of the study.  More 

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The City recognized some of its own this week as employees were honored Tuesday for being named STARs in 2015 at the annual luncheon celebration. Employees can become STARs by being nominated by fellow employees or residents and selected by a committee of their peers for demonstrating one of the City's core values of Our Employees, Integrity, Customer Service, Teamwork, Leadership, Open Communication and Fairness.

Durham Hosts Women's Forum March 24

Four successful Durham women will share their personal experiences and insights on how they mastered challenges and overcame obstacles on their roads to success at the 14th Annual Women's Forum - "Celebrating Women's History Month." The forum will be at City Hall Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza beginning at 6 p.m. Event attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. 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 final session will be tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center at 401 N. Driver St. More

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Good Friday Holiday

Most City of Durham offices will be closed Friday, March 25, in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The City will operate under normal business hours on Monday, March 28. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to (919) 560-4600. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be closed March 25. There are no changes to recycling or garbage collection schedules. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on March 25 will instead occur on March 28. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on March 25, and will reopen under normal operating schedules on March 26. For a list of all City closings and delays, visit the website

Durham Finance Department Earns National Reporting Honors

The City of Durham has won two national recognitions for its financial accountability and reporting to Durham’s residents, which makes it one of only two North Carolina cities to hold all three major awards from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). For the 12th consecutive year, the GFOA recognized the City for outstanding achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its annual publication, the Citizens’ Financial Report.  In addition, for the 31st consecutive year the GFOA has also awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)More 

Durham Continuum of Care Providers Win HUD Funding to Help Homeless

Durham projects serving the needs of people without homes have received $968,945 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Program. The City's Community Development Department has been notified that HUD has awarded $968,945 to 12 Durham projects. The competitively awarded grants will help fund permanent and transitional housing for homeless persons and families, short-term rental subsidies, and Durham’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is a common database of the confidential records of Durham’s homeless people. More

Durham Seeks People’s Choice Votes for 2016 Golden Leaf Awards

Durham residents are invited to vote for the properties they like the best for the 2016 Golden Leaf Awards. The Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking voters for the People’s Choice Award to be presented at the 2016 Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony next month. The voting period for the People’s Choice Award is open until April 1. More 

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City Hall This Week

Google Fiber Moves Forward with Network Equipment Huts
Google’s efforts to install and maintain a fiber optic network within the city limits are moving forward. Google Fiber is building network equipment huts on various sites owned by the City. Each hut will serve approximately 20,000 households.
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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.

Operation Medicine Drop Set For March 26

The Durham Police Department, in conjunction with Safe Kids Durham County, will be sponsoring Operation Medicine Drop on March 26 at four locations. Operation Medicine Drop allows people to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. The program’s purpose is to educate the public on the dangers of pharmaceutical drug abuse and accidental poisonings as well as educate them on the responsible handling, security and destruction of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Operation Medicine Drop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 26 at Walgreens, 1812 Holloway St., Kroger, 3457 Hillsborough Rd., Ace Hardware, 1700 East NC Highway 54 and Kroger, 202 West NC Highway 54.  More

2016 DPD G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp

Applications are being accepted for three sessions of the Durham Police Department's free one-week 2016 G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Summer Youth Camp. The three sessions are scheduled for June 20-24, July 18-22 and August 1-5. The camp sessions are open to youth ages 11 to 14. The first 30 completed applications for each camp session will be accepted. More  

On-Site Assessment Visit Set For Police Department

The Durham Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. As part of the assessment, agency employees and residents are invited to offer comments at a public information session March 22. Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (919) 560-4594 on March 21.  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

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 

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

City Manager's Report Takes A Vacation

The City Manager's Report will take a week off due to the Good Frida Holiday March 25. Look for it again on April 1, no fooling.

Parks and Recreation Notes

Parks and Recreation Hosts Egg Hunts

Durham Parks and Recreation will host more egg hunts tomorrow 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 3/16/16 - Days of Supply: 268 - 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, various temporary lane closures will occur along Rigsbee Avenue and Market, Foster, and Cleveland streets to complete waterline abandonment and prepare for final paving. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all lane closures and traffic shifts. Adjustments to existing valves and manholes will be made to prepare for final surface restoration. These roads will have a rough surface for approximately 2-3 weeks until the final paving is completed.  Note that valve boxes and manholes will stick up above the pavement until the final paving is complete.  Please exercise caution when traversing these areas. On Wednesday and Thursday (March 23-24), Market Street and westbound Chapel Hill Street between Mangum and Foster streets will be closed for the installation of stamped concrete. 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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Persons who require assistance should call (919) 56--4197, TTY (919) 560-1200 or email no later than 48 hours before the event.

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