City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager - Volume 9, No. 43, December 2, 2016
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Durham Also Mourns The Loss of Dr. Debra Saunders-White

Like North Carolina Central University, the City of Durham has suffered a great loss in the passing of Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White. NCCU and Durham will celebrate the life of the 11th chancellor at the great university this afternoon. Since joining the NCCU family in 2013 as the school's first permanent female chancellor, Dr. Saunders-White was the proud face of the university and Durham. She fostered achievements at NCCU that enhanced the university's and Durham's standing. She elevated the university to a first-class standing among Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationally and was renowned leader in many aspects of Durham life. Our thoughts and prayers are with NCCU and Dr. Saunders-White's family today. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
Mayor Bill Bell with Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane
Mayor Bell Honored By State's Colleagues
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane presents Durham Mayor Bill Bell with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award last night at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. The award is among the most prestigious honors conferred by the governor for exemplary service to the state.

Durham Police Department Forms Task Force to Focus on Uptick in Robberies

The Durham Police Department recently formed a robbery task force to focus on an uptick in the number of reported robberies, which have increased by more than 13 percent in 2016 compared to the first 11 months of 2015. Task force investigators will focus primarily on robberies of businesses and persons involving dangerous weapons. The task force consists of one sergeant, one corporal and six investigators. Task force investigators will work with investigators from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and investigators from other area jurisdictions. A DPD crime analyst will also work with the team to help identify trends.  More 

Durham Expands Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Small business owners interested in expanding their operations should make plans now to apply for an innovative new program designed to help them access the capital they need to grow. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the City of Durham Small Business Advisory Committee, Accelerate 60: Meet Your Lender Match in 60 Days is a new program that offers an accelerated path for small business owners seeking financing. The program, designed to help improve the probability of accessing capital, is open to small or medium-sized businesses with two years of profitable business operations. The application deadline is Dec. 9. More 

Durham Earns 2016 Digital City Honor                      

The City of Durham has been named a 2016 Digital City in the Government Technology News 2016 Digital Cities Survey. The list recognizes leading examples of cities using technology in improve services, boost efficiency, increase transparency and engagement. The award recognized the Technology Solutions Department's implementation of an IT Governance program and the development of a new City website by a team of employees representing numerous departments.

Parks and Recreation Launches New Online System

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) has launched a new online system that makes it easier for the public to register and pay for services from their smartphone, tablet or computer. The new online system is easy to navigate and free to use. With this new system, a transaction fee will no longer be assessed when registering for any DPR service online.  More

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Third Quarter Crime Report Offers Encouraging News
The Durham Police Department’s
third quarter crime report is offering some encouraging news about crime. The report shows that overall Part 1 Index Crime, which includes Part 1 Property and Violent Crime, dropped by 7 percent during the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Part 1 Violent Crime dropped slightly during the first three quarters of 2016, and Part 1 Property Crime dropped by 8 percent compared to the same period last year.  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.

Durham Seeks Organizations to Apply for Federal Grant Funds

The City's Community Development Department is inviting interested organizations to attend an application workshop next week to help them apply for soon-to-be-released federal grant funds. On Dec. 6, the department plans to release applications via ZoomGrants for the Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership-Community Development Housing Organization, Emergency Solutions Grant, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Grant, and Dedicated Housing Funds for the FY 2017-2018 period.  More

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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Parks and Recreation Notes

Holiday Fun Fest Set For Tomorrow

Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Holiday Fun Fest tomorrow 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 11/30/16 - Days of Supply: 215 - Reservoir Status: 90% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Downtown Loop Waterline Construction Wrapup

Final paving for the Downtown Loop project has been completed!  In the coming weeks, minor touch-ups and restoration work will wrap up. Thank you for your patience during these much-needed infrastructure improvements. Further improvements to the City’s waterline infrastructure will continue east of downtown along the East Main Street corridor. Additional information regarding this project can be found at on the website. Next week, there will be lane shifts on East Main Street between Roxboro and Dillard streets. On-street parking will be closed in the work area. There will be daytime lane closures on Roxboro Street at East Main Street. 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.
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