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

Durham Seeks Organizations for Emergency Solutions Grant Funds

The City's Community Development Department is inviting interested organizations to now apply for $158,490 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently informed the department that the Durham Continuum of Care was eligible to apply for up to $95,094 to fund operating costs of emergency shelters and at least $63,396 to rapidly re-house people who are currently homeless. Eligible applicants must be private nonprofit organizations or units of local government. Project applications for these ESG funds are due to the Community Development Department by 4 p.m. on Oct. 7. Project application instructions, the project application itself, and supporting documentation information are now available on the Durham Continuum of Care websiteMore

CASA Ribbon Cutting
Durham Ends Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans
Officials from the City, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the VA Medical Center and the Durham Housing Authority were on hand Tuesday to dedicate the latest units at the Denson Apartments for Veterans. The project provides permanent affordable housing for 12 formerly homeless veterans living with disabilities. The project is one example of why HUD declared that Durham has effectively ended chronic veteran homelessness locally among disabled veterans. Taking part in Tuesday's ribbon cutting were, left to right, CASA Board Chair Rob Griffin, Jonathan Pritchett of Home Depot, CASA CEO Debra King and Mayor Bill Bell.

Citizen Police Academy Graduates 20

The Durham Police Department will graduate 20 residents on Oct. 6 who have completed 13 sessions providing first-hand knowledge on the "hows" and  "whys" of police department operations and services.The Citizen Police Academy promotes the department's philosophy of community-oriented policing, working in harmony to identify and address safety problems and quality of life issues. The graduation will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 101 City Hall plaza.

Residents Invited To Join "Big Sweep 2016"

Residents ready to help clean up Durham should dig out their work gloves and boots and mark their calendars for the annual Durham Big Sweep clean up event tomorrow. Volunteer registration is open at The Big Sweep, coordinated by the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep Durham Beautiful Inc., and the City's Stormwater & GIS Services Division, focuses on removing litter from Durham's streams, watersheds, streets and parks before it can negatively impact water quality.  More

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City Hall This Week

City Council Offers Endorsement to Extension of Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project

The City Council is offering its endorsement to plans to extend the
Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project  closer to North Carolina Central University (NCCU). The addition to the route would add a 0.6-mile extension along Alston Avenue south to NCCU.  Watch the show.

Now that Durham has its next police chief, how do we as a community move forward with improving our police/community relations and what can our residents do to help? In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Chief Cerelyn Davis to talk about her first 60 days as Durham’s new police chief and her plans for the future.

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Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Durham County is seeking volunteers to assist with tax preparation services offered at several locations during the 2017 tax season. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, (VITA), program, RSVP provides free tax services to low income and senior Durham County residents. Volunteers should be available from the beginning of February through mid-April. Training is provided. For information, contact the RSVP Coordinator Paula Reif,, 919-536-7270.

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Latino Fiesta & Soccer Challenge

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at the Latino Fiesta & Soccer Challenge on Oct. 8. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive.  More 

Edison Johnson Aquatic Center Closing For Repairs

Edison Johnson Aquatic Center will close for dehumidification repairs no later than Nov. 7. The facility is expected to remain closed until mid-February.

Conservation At Work and Home

October is Shower Better Month: Make the Switch and Save

Showering is one of the primary ways Durham residents use water at home. To many, the shower represents the all-important “me time.” By replacing a showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, the average family can save more than 2,900 gallons of water each year — the amount it takes to wash more than 70 loads of laundry. A WaterSense labeled showerhead can also save the amount of electricity it takes to power the average family’s home for 13 days and reduce their annual water and energy costs by more than $70! For information, visit
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/29/16 - Days of Supply: 203 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction Wrapup

The City of Durham Downtown Loop Waterline Replacement project is nearing an end and more than 12,000 linear feet of 1930's era water mains in Durham's Downtown Loop has been replaced. The City appreciates your patience as finishing touches are completed. This weekend, Mangum Street between City Hall Plaza and Ramseur Street will be closed from 3 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday for intersection restoration. Downtown businesses will remain open and accessible during the work. Parrish and Main streets will be closed to cross traffic at Mangum Street. Local access to businesses will remain open via Church, Corcoran, Orange, and Chapel Hill streets. Stamped concrete installation requires Mangum Street to remain closed until Monday at 6 a.m. to provide sufficient curing time prior to being reopened to traffic. Next week, water and sewer line replacements will continue on Roney Street between Morris and Hunt streets. Lane closures and flaggers will be used on Morris Street to maintain traffic during work in Morris Street. A portion of Roney Street will be closed to accommodate the work.  Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 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, Twitter and Instagram

Keeping up with City of Durham news and events has never been easier. The City has a Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram page 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 or Instagram page. 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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