City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 42, November 18, 2016
Signature and photo of Tom Bonfield

2016 Citizens' Financial Report Coming Next Week

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Durham. The foundation for success takes time with sound decisions over many years. In Durham, we are doing a good job building a great foundation and people are noticing. See how we are building for the future in the new edition of the Citizens Financial Report. The award-winning annual publication of the City's Finance Department is complete and while you can find it online now, it will also be available in the Wednesday edition of the Herald-Sun. The report provides an informative review of the City's financial condition for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Topics include the budget, taxes, revenue and expenditures, debt and general fund. This is great information that we are pleased to share. You can also get copies in the lobby of City Hall and from the Finance Department. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Council Member leads City employees on a fitness run
Schewel Challenge
Council Member Steve Schewel has made it a tradition to challenge City employees to  join him and take part in an annual fitness run. Employees turned out on a brisk Saturday morning last week to run, walk or ride five miles on the American Tobacco Trail.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. 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. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City services and programs. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov. 24. Regular Thursday collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will take place on Nov. 25. Regular Friday collections for yard waste and bulky items will take place on Nov. 28. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, but will open under normal operating schedules on Nov. 25. For information on all closings and delays, visit the website.
from left are Josh Edwards, Dr. Joseph Runzo-Inada, PhD, Tom Bonfield and Keiichi Kobayashi

Sister City Studies Durham's Strategic Plan

City Manager Tom Bonfield spent time this morning with visitors from Durham's Sister City of Toyama, Japan, to learn more about each city's Strategic Planning efforts. Visiting today was Dr. Joseph Runzo-Inada, PhD, second from left, chief resilience officer for Toyama and Keiichi Kobayashi, right, of Toyama's Strategic Planning Office. Joining them was Josh Edwards, Strategic Plan manager for the City of Durham.

Recognize A Good Deed With a Neighbor Spotlight Award

Do you have a neighbor who has gone above and beyond to improve your neighborhood? Say thanks by nominating him or her for the Neighbor Spotlight Award! Winners are recognized during a City Council meeting; receive a lawn sign to display their selection as a Neighbor Spotlight; and are highlighted on the City of Durham website, in the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services newsletter, and in The Herald-Sun. Get more details about this program, including an online submission form and a list of previous winners on the website.

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Holiday Fun Fest to Offer a Celebration for the Entire Family
The annual
Holiday Fun Fest will be held on Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Durham County Stadium Practice Field. The activities include the Frosty Family Fun Zone, a campfire and S’mores, tasty treats for purchase, a chance to meet Santa Claus, two snow play areas and snow sledding for children and adults. Watch the show.

Nothing kicks off the holiday season like a
parade! But, for a number of years, Durham has gone without a traditional parade through the heart of the city. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Parade Grand Marshal Mayor Bill Bell and Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson to talk about why Durham is bringing back what was once a long-standing Bull City tradition, and why you and your family shouldn’t miss it. Watch the show.

2016 KDB Tree Giveaway & Food Drive

Thanks to a donation from the Alliance for Community Trees, Keep Durham Beautiful will be distributing 300 tree seedlings at the Durham Farmer's Market, 501 Foster St., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring in a healthy item for the food drive and get a free tree. More

City Manager's Report Takes Thanksgiving Off

City employees will take next Friday off to observe Thanksgiving. With that, the City Manager's Report will not publish next week, but returns on Dec. 2.

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

Parks and Recreation Notes

Holiday Fun Fest - Dec. 3

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. 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
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 11/16/16 - Days of Supply: 204 - Reservoir Status: 93% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect - For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

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. We are counting down to paving completion on Nov. 22. The City appreciates your patience as finishing touches are completed. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, final asphalt installation on Chapel Hill Street and other various areas inside the Loop will take place. Final asphalt installation in all milled areas is anticipated to be completed this week (weather permitting). Varying daytime lane and parking closures will be utilized for the final asphalt surface installation. There will be uneven pavement in all milled areas. Cyclists should be cautious if riding in these areas. Traffic on Mangum Street will be maintained at all times. A westbound closure of Chapel Hill Street between Ramseur and Pettigrew streets will be required while active work is taking place. Water and sewer line replacements and restoration will continue on Roney Street between Morris and Hunt streets. A portion of Roney Street will be closed to accommodate the work. Private parking facilities will remain open during construction. On-street parking along Roney Street will be closed in work areas. 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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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.

Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Persons who require assistance should call 919-560-4197, or email no later than 48 hours before the event.
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