City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager
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City Prepared Should Weather Become Hazardous This Weekend

Not to take on a "boy who cried wolf" theme, but once again a hurricane is blowing up the southeast coast leaving North Carolina with a chance of severe rain and wind. The City's departments of General Services, Public Works, Transportation and Water Management will be paying close attention to the weather alerts this weekend and will be ready to respond should the need arise. We encourage all Durham residents to play close attention to the forecasts and take the precautions necessary to protect your family and property. Stay safe and dry this weekend as Hurricane Matthew charts its course.

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City and elected officials joined contractors and the Department of Water Management staff on Wednesday to break ground on a $100 million project to expand capacity at the Brown and Williams water treatment facilities.

Groundbreaking Event Kicks Off Major Water Management Project

A cloudy October afternoon couldn’t keep away the bright smiles of guests at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating a new construction project for Durham’s Department of Water Management. Thirteen ceremonial shovels full of dirt marked the unofficial start of work to expand and upgrade the City’s Brown and Williams water treatment plants (WTPs), a multi-year and nearly $100 million project to expand capacity, modernize facilities and operations, and ensure that Water Management continues to stay ahead of Durham’s ever-growing drinking water needs for decades to come.  More 

Durham Police Department Receives Results of IACP Operational Study

The Durham Police Department (DPD) has received the results of a study commissioned in 2015 by the department to assess police operations. The study, conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), found DPD to have characteristics of an effective law enforcement agency and recommends a number of adjustments to further improve operations. Overall, the IACP confirmed that the department “is a generally efficient and well-organized agency with a strong commitment to community policing and collaborative problem solving efforts.” Additionally, “staff at all levels present a high level of commitment and pride in their work and the DPD.”   More   
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DPAC 2015/2016 Season Financial Results Released

The City has released the 2015/2016 season financial results for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), showing the City earned more than $1.8 million, according to the preliminary, unaudited financial statement for the period ending June 30, 2016. The City owns DPAC, which is managed by PFM/Nederlander, operators of performing arts and entertainment facilities in America and worldwide. According to the preliminary statement, Durham Performing Arts LLC generated a net income of more than $6.3 million, of which pursuant to the operating agreement, more than $1.8 million will be distributed to the City. The income will go into the City’s DPAC Fund to be used for debt service, maintenance, building improvements and other possible revenue shortfalls, including naming rights and hotel/motel occupancy tax.  More
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Water Management Wins 2016 WaterSense® Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management with a 2016 WaterSense Excellence Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Water Management was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference yesterday for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.  More 

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City Hall This Week

Regional Long-Range Transportation Plans Expected to Include Significant Projects for Durham
Significant transportation projects that will benefit Durham are expected to be included in the region’s long-range plans. The City and its regional transportation partners are weighing in on how the projects included in the 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program should be prioritized.
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Many of us think of the community pool as a place to go to keep cool during the summer. Nowadays, there are many more ways to enjoy water for recreational use. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham Parks and Recreation and RATIO Design to talk about how Durham is planning to improve its aquatic facilities now and in the future – and how you can help by giving your input in this process.
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Durham Police Department Announces New Hiring Incentives

The City offers a benefits package that includes comprehensive health, vision and dental and competitive retirement plans. Additionally, the Durham Police Department (DPD) is now offering a new package of hiring incentives for both entry level Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Advanced Law Enforcement Training (ALET) positions. The department is providing a one-time hiring bonus of $5,000 upon successful completion of all phases of both academy and field training, and a signed four-year commitment for both BLET and ALET applicants. DPD is also offering a one-time relocation bonus of up to $3,000 for officers who move into the city limits of Durham.   More

Durham Awards Grants to Four Neighborhoods for Improvement Projects

Four Durham neighborhood groups will soon embark on improvement projects thanks to funds received through a new City of Durham grant program. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department has awarded four grants through its new Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, which provides grants up to $2,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit a neighborhood’s quality of life. Neighborhoods match City funds through volunteer labor, professional services, material donations, and/or cash.  More 
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Parks and Recreation Notes

Construction Begins at Lyon Park

This week the City is working on a project to help improve Lyon Park, 1200 W. Lakewood Avenue.  Contractors will install a concrete pathway connecting the existing trail in the park to the sidewalk. They will also create two ADA parking spots next to the park to increase accessibility to the softball field and bleachers. The work is scheduled to be complete next week weather permitting and will not impact any softball events or programs offered at the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park.

Latino Fiesta & Soccer Challenge Canceled

The Latino Fiesta & Soccer Challenge scheduled for tomorrow due to forecasts of heavy rain from Hurricane Matthew. The soccer tournament games will be rescheduled for a later date, but all other festival-related events will not be rescheduled.

Durham’s Holiday Parade Set for Dec. 10

The spirit of the holiday season will come alive at Durham’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Join your neighbors as they cheer on hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups and watch magical floats make their way through downtown Durham. 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.
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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/5/16 - Days of Supply: 206 - 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. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, water and sewer line replacements will continue on Roney Street between Morris and Hunt streets. A portion of Roney Street will be closed to accommodate the work.  Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Private parking facilities will remain open during construction. On-street parking along Roney Street will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. All water disruptions will be coordinated at least 7 days in advance. Project information and updates are available on the website or contact any City or Kimley-Horn staff listed on the web page.

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

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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