City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 5 - February 3, 2017
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Durham Mayor Presents Final State of the City Address Feb. 28

As Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell’s term comes to an end, he will host his final State of the City Address with insights on the past, present and future of Durham. This luncheon event will honor Mayor Bell for his 40 years of public service and 16 years as mayor of Durham. Attendees can reserve a table or purchase individual tickets here. As part of this year’s address, WRAL-TV Anchor and Reporter Gerald Owens will host a conversation-style interview with Mayor Bell looking back over his 40 years of service, followed by remarks from Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Geoff Durham on what’s next for the Bull City.  More 

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New Police Graduates
Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis, front center, and her command staff pose with the new group of graduates from the Basic Law Enforcement Training class 44. The 11 new recruits successfully passed more than 1,000 training hours in 37 state and department specific topics.

Durham Launches New Emergency Notification System: ALERT DURHAM

Whether it’s a severe storm, an Amber alert or a threat to your home or business, Durham residents and business owners now have an upgraded notification system where they can receive emergency notices through their phones, email, and mobile devices. The Durham County Emergency Management Department is encouraging anyone who lives or works in Durham to visit to register for the new notification system. Residents who had previously registered to receive alerts through CodeRed will need to re-register with ALERT DURHAM. More 

Annual Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program Rescheduled

The Durham City and County Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee Observance Program, originally set for Jan. 11, will take place on Feb. 8 beginning at noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street. The keynote speakers will be Rev. Dr. Michael D. Page, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church and director of United Christian Campus Ministry serving North Carolina Central University and former commissioner for the Durham Board of County Commissioners, and Rev. Dr. Carl W. Kenney, II, a columnist with the Raleigh News and Observer and co-executive producer of “God of the Oppressed.”  More 

Durham Youth Invited to Apply for Summer YouthWork Internships

Durham youth who want to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience may now apply for summer employment. The Durham YouthWork Internship Program, administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, is accepting online applications for approximately 200 summer employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14–24. Hourly wages will range from $7.25 to $12, and the deadline to apply is March 31. Selected youth will begin work in mid-June with job assignments typically lasting between six and eight weeks. Participants will also take part in a job skills workshop led by Durham Public Schools and professionals from local businesses and organizations. More 

Durham YouthWork Summer Internship Program Hosts Application Assistance Sessions

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is hosting six community-wide sessions in the coming weeks to help youth complete the online application process for possible summer internships. The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is accepting online applications for approximately 200 summer employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14–24. Hourly wages will range from $7.25 to $12, and the deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.  More 

Durham Debuts New Budget Priority Survey for Resident Input

Durham residents interested in giving their input on how the City of Durham should spend their tax dollars in the coming year now have more ways to provide feedback including a new online survey, Coffee with Council meetings, and upcoming public hearings. New for this year, residents are encouraged to give their input on how the City spends its resources through a budget priority survey. From sidewalks and bike lanes to parks and streets, residents can provide their thoughts on what they believe their neighborhood needs. The survey is open through March 31. Residents may also give budget input directly to the City Council during the upcoming Coffee with Council meetings, which will also include a presentation on the City’s budget outlook for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The first Coffee with Council meeting will be on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lyon Park Community Family Life and Recreation Center at 1309 Halley St. More

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If you live, work or visit downtown Durham, you know that finding on-street parking can be a challenge. That’s about to change thanks to the City's new on-street parking program. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Thomas Leathers with the Transportation Department's Parking Management Division to talk about the new parking meters that will soon be lining many downtown streets and other changes coming to the parking program.
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Community Nominations Sought for Police Service Awards

The Durham Police Department (DPD) welcomes community nominations for two of its service awards that recognize commendable law enforcement and public safety service. Eligible nominees include DPD employees (officers and non-sworn personnel) as well as members of the general public (residents, organizations, DPD volunteers, programs, etc.). DPD accepts nominations from the public/community for the Certificate of Merit, presented to DPD employees (police officers and non-sworn staff) for outstanding performance or devotion to duty. The Community Service Medal is presented to DPD employees (police officers and non–sworn staff), as well as residents, community groups, civic organizations or programs for service to the community ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty that promotes public safety. The deadline for submissions is March 10.  More 

Durham Seeks 2017 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations

Nominations can now be submitted to recognize properties that illustrate the best visual or environmental contributions to the Durham community. The Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking 2017 Golden Leaf Awards nominations, which recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the built environment. Nominations can be submitted online until Feb. 20. More 

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Lake Michie Construction Update Set

Durham Parks and Recreation along with the General Services Department will host a public meeting on Feb. 6 at Lake Michie, 2303 Bahama Road, at 6 p.m. to give an update on the construction project and opening day at Lake Michie. 

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 2/1/17 - Days of Supply: 251 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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East Main Street Waterline Replacement Project Update

As minor touch-up and restorative work is finalized in the Downtown Loop, further improvements to the City’s waterline infrastructure will continue along the East Main Street corridor.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Waterline installation in East Main Street from Dillard Street to Elizabeth Street will continue. East Main Street traffic between Dillard and Elizabeth streets will be shifted to maintain traffic in both directions. On-street parking along East Main Street will be closed to accommodate the waterline installation. Lane closures and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at Main / Dillard, Main / Elizabeth / Commerce, and at waterline crossing locations on Main Street. Waterline installation and testing in Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth streets will continue. Varying localized lane closures on Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth streets will be required. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all detours.

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