City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 38, October 14, 2016
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City Employees and Residents Step Up To Help Their Neighbors

Many City employees and many Durham residents have spent the last week wondering how they can assist the hundreds of thousands of eastern North Carolina residents suffering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. The Durham Fire Department and the Emergency Communications Department were among the first to respond as they answered the call to duty and deployed to the flood area to provide assistance. This week, employees are looking to find ways to help along with many other residents. Follow this link to assist with the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster. Clothing items are not being accepted at this time, but food donations are being accepted by local food banks. The best donation right now is cash because they are the fastest and most effective way of helping at this time. Visit the website for the most recognized charitable organizations you can donate to. We also would like to thank the staff at our own Hillandale Golf Course who are collecting a truck load of cleaning supplies, toiletries, hygene products, non-perishable food items and more to be delivered to the Salvation Army in Fayetteville on Tuesday. Times like these show just how giving and caring Durham residents can be and we thank you for your assistance.

Police Chief C.J. Davis at Wednesday's Police and 911 lunch.
Police Chief Cerelyn Davis is on the front line of service at the Annual Appreciation Lunch for Police and 911 employees. Joined by the deputy and assistant, Chief Davis served up lots of "Thank You's" at the BBQ fest with all the trimmings on Oct. 12.
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City Hall This Week

Contract Approved for New Police Headquarters Complex Engineering Services
The City is continuing its work to ensure that the new Police Headquarters Complex is as high-quality a facility as possible. A
$578,000 contract for environmental, geotechnical, special inspections and construction materials testing was approved during the City Council’s Oct. 3 meeting. Watch the show.

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.
Watch the show.

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

Road Closed signs - Click for a list of next week's road closures

Parks and Recreation Notes

Holiday Fun Fest

Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Holiday Fun Fest on Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Durham County Stadium practice field, 705 Stadium Drive. See More

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.

Conservation At Work and Home

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/12/16 - Days of Supply: 217 - 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 Main 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 Street will be closed to cross traffic at Mangum Street.  Local access to businesses will remain open via Church, Corcoran, Orange, and Chapel Hill streets.  Main Street will remain open to traffic. Traffic on Mangum Street during Friday evening will not be impacted. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work between 3 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Saturday. 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, waterline installation will continue in Chapel Hill Street Extension between Morgan and Cleveland streets. Traffic and pedestrian impacts are not anticipated. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. 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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