City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 7 - February 17, 2017
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Times of Uncertainty =
Times of Opportunity

Years ago, a colleague and mentor of mine had a favorite saying, "May we live in interesting times." Whether we're talking nationally, statewide or locally, it can be said that these are indeed "interesting" times -- or times of "uncertainty." While that might be true, depending on your perspective, these also are times of opportunity. Why? Throughout history, there are examples of how uncertainty has forced us to look for new ways of achieving our goals to make our lives and our communities better.  At the local level, as we begin work on the City's 2017-18 budget, is to continue to do what we do best and stick to the fundamentals of good management. The City's Strategic Plan, which helps us prioritize spending on community needs, such as public safety, neighborhood improvements and taking care of our infrastructure, gives us some direction. Ultimately, as we work on the City's budget, know that this is your "opportunity" to get involved and tell us what your community priorities are as we move forward. See below for the dates to our Coffees with Council and the public hearing on the budget.

Mayor Bill Bell, center, and City Manager Tom Bonfield, right, pose with City employees and What Works City banner
City Joins National What Works Cities Initiative
City of Durham employees join Mayor Bill Bell, center, and City Manager Tom Bonfield, right, to commemorate the announcement that the City has been selected to join the National What Works Cities Initiative sponsored by the Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Durham Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell announced today that Durham has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever national philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Durham will soon receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build capacity to address several local issues. Durham plans to use its technical assistance from this initiative to improve its open data practices to make City data more accessible to residents and the community, and help to engage residents around government priorities and services.  More

Durham Budget Priority Survey for Resident Input Available; Coffees With Council Continue

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. The next Coffee with Council meeting will be March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Committee Room, 101 City Hall Plaza. 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.  More


Durham to Soon Debut New On-Street Parking Meters

Beginning Feb. 27, finding on-street parking in Durham’s bustling downtown will be easier thanks to the installation of the City's new on-street parking meters. The Transportation Department is beginning the new metered on-street parking on Feb. 27. It features new parking meters for approximately 1,000 spaces throughout the downtown area. The new on-street parking will use a combination of single-space parking meters and multi-space pay stations, which will accept credit and debit card payments, cash and coin payments, and be compatible with Passport’s pay-by-phone app. The on-street hourly parking rate will be $1.50 per hour, and many spaces will have a time limit enforced during peak usage hours to encourage faster turnover.  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 Monday. More 

City Hosts Construction-Related Job Fair Feb. 25

The Public Works Department is hosting a job fair on Feb. 25 featuring a variety of currently available construction-related positions. These full-time positions offer stability, an excellent benefits package, and competitive pay. Featured positions include senior laborers, heavy equipment operators, and crew chiefs. Potential applicants are encouraged to come prepared by bringing their valid driver’s license and being ready to provide on-site interviews and skills testing on heavy equipment. Applicants must have a minimum of one year previous construction experience. The fair will be held at the Public Works Operations Center, 1100 Martin Luther King, Jr., Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  More
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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.  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 


Durham Seeks Input on 75 Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects

With 75 projects now identified in the Durham Bike+Walk Plan as immediate priorities, residents can now give their input on how best to improve these locations. This latest step in public outreach by the Transportation Department is to continue progress on the Durham Bike+Walk Plan. The plan is helping identify where bicycle and pedestrian facilities are most critically needed to improve safety, connectivity, and quality of life. A map and list of 25 corridors, 25 intersections, and 25 sidewalk gaps can now be found on the City’s project website and the Durham Bike+Walk project website. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on the draft list, the issues they are experiencing at these locations, and the type of improvements they would like to see. Comments can be shared on the website or by contacting Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planner Bryan Poole with the City’s Transportation Department at 919-560-4366, ext. 36423, or by email throughout February. 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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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 

Police to Host Community Safety Workshop April 1

The Durham Police Department Community Resource Unit is holding its annual Community Workshop on April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan Street. Session topics will include: Synthetic Drugs, Burglary Awareness, Court Watch, Victim Services, Citizen Observer Patrol and You & Five 0 - a presentation on police protocols and resident rights. Participation is limited to the first 150 persons who confirm attendance by March 17. More 


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 

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Parks and Recreation Notes


Jr. Fire Marshal Academy Seeks Future Firefighters

Learn about all things fire at the City of Durham’s 12th Annual Jr. Fire Marshal Academy. The theme for the April 10-13 academy is “Emergency Services.” The free program is sponsored by the Durham Fire Department in partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation and is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn about careers in the fire industry as well as acquire real life skills through fun and hands on activities. The last day to register is March 20.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 2/16/17 - Days of Supply: 249 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit www.durhamnc.gov

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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 scheduled for this weekend. Next week, waterline installation on 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 service and hydrant installation and testing on Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth streets will continue. Varying localized lane closures on Ramseur, Hood, and Elizabeth Streets will be required. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings / facilities will be maintained at all times.

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