City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 9 - March 3, 2017

Survey Shows Durham Residents Enjoy Living in the Bull City

The results from the 2016 Durham City-County Resident Satisfaction Survey are in and show that 80 percent of residents feel that Durham is a good-to-excellent place to live, and 73 percent are satisfied with the overall quality of life in their neighborhood. This is the second combined City-County satisfaction survey that reveals how residents feel about Durham as a community, and for the first time, included questions about Durham Public Schools. A major theme that emerged from the survey indicated that, compared to other large cities, Durham is setting the standard for the overall quality of City-provided services and customer service from City employees, rating 64 percent and 58 percent, which is 18 percent and 22 percent above the average, respectively. The overall image of Durham has also improved 27 percent since 2005.  More

Mayor Bill Bell, left, talks with WRAL Anchor and Reporter Gerald Owens at this week's State of the City luncheon.
Mayor Bill Bell, left, talks with WRAL Anchor and Reporter Gerald Owens at this week's State of the City luncheon.

Durham's Past, Present and Future

Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell presented his final State of the City Address on Tuesday at Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Historic District. Bell joined WRAL Reporter/ Anchor Gerald Owens for a conversation covering his 16 years as mayor. Also speaking was Geoff Durham, president of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, who talked about the future of Durham. Check out the full presentation. Watch the video presentation of "Durham: Here By Choice, Not by Chance," or see photos of the luncheon. The State of the City was sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, the American Tobacco Historic District, the Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, durham Magazine and Duke Energy.


On-Street Parking Meters Now In Operation

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

City Seeks People’s Choice Votes for 2017 Golden Leaf Awards

Durham residents are now invited to vote for the properties they like the best for the 2017 Golden Leaf Awards. The City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking voters for the People’s Choice Award to be presented at the Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony next month. Residents can now choose their favorite project by visiting the Golden Leaf Awards website to review all of the nominated properties and casting their vote. The voting period for the People’s Choice Award is from March 1 until March 17.  More

Durham Hosts Women’s Forum March 23

Five successful women will share their personal experiences and insights on how they mastered challenges and overcame obstacles on their roads to success during the City of Durham’s 15th Annual Women’s Forum on March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by La Noticia, Inc. Publisher and CEO Hilda Gurdian. Parents and youth are encouraged to attend this forum to learn about potential career choices.  More 

Neighborhoods Sought for New Matching Grant Health Program

Groups seeking to make their neighborhoods healthier places to live may now receive funds for projects through a new City of Durham grant program. The Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is launching Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health, which provides grants up to $1,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit residents’ health. More 

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

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Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Budget & Management Services Director Bertha Johnson and Senior Analyst Ben Kittelson to talk about how you can make your priorities known in this annual process and all the ways the City listens to you when developing its annual budget. Watch the show.

City Performing Temporary Water Disinfection Changeover

Durham water customers may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of their tap water through the month of March. The Department of Water Management is performing its annual water treatment disinfection changeover process, which takes about four weeks to complete. This process is required by federal and state regulations, and is performed each year during the spring. It will not affect the safety or quality of Durham’s drinking water.  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 

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

Durham Teens Learn Lifesaving Skills To Prepare For Summer Jobs

Durham Parks and Recreation will be giving teens an opportunity to learn lifesaving skills and train for a job at the same time. Interested teens ages 16-19 can participate in the Durham Aquatic School and become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. The Weekender Course will be held at Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Avenue, March 10-12 and March 17-19. The Spring Break Course will be held at Edison Johnson Aquatics Center, 500 West Murray Avenue, on April 8 and April 10-13.  More 


Durham Parks and Recreation Offers Youth Summer Camp

Registration for Durham Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) 2017 summer camp season will begin on March 13 at 8:30 a.m. Registration is available online or at any DPR recreation center.  A login account and ID are required to register online. Instructions can be found at www.DPRPlaymore.org. DPR offers camps for youth ages 5-12 and camps for teens ages 13-17. More    
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 2/22/17 - Days of Supply: 242 - Reservoir Status: 99.8% - 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 planned for this weekend. Next week, waterline installation is planned on East Main Street from Dillard Street to Elizabeth / Commerce streets. East Main Street traffic between Dillard and Elizabeth / Commerce 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. Late in the week or during the following week, it is anticipated that traffic and on-street parking in East Main Street between Dillard and Elizabeth / Commerce streets will be returned to its original pattern, and traffic on East Main Street between Elizabeth / Commerce and Hood streets will be shifted to maintain traffic in both directions. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings / facilities, including Oldham Towers will be maintained at all times. Waterline service 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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