City Manager's Report Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 11 - March 17, 2017

Budget Priority Survey for Resident Input Available; Final Coffee With Council Is Tomorrow

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 final session will be tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 North Driver Street. 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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GoTriangle Partners Team With Amtrak for Transportation Innovation

Durham City Council members recently approved the “last mile agreement” with the NCDOT Rail Division so people who ride the train can use GoDurham to complete their journey. Starting tomorrow, a transit pass will be available to passengers on board the Amtrak Piedmont and Carolinian trains for no additional charge. The NCDOT will reimburse GoDurham for the cost of the bus segment of the trip. Learn more on this week's Bull City WrapMore 

Durham Offers New Matching Grants Program for Cultural Arts Organizations

Non-profit cultural arts representatives interested in attending professional development training should apply now for a new Durham grants program. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Cultural Advisory Board are launching the Cultural Arts Capacity Building Grants Program to fund scholarships for arts and cultural organization representatives in Durham to attend professional development training. The program will provide individual grants up to $2,300 to be awarded through a competitive application process governed by the Cultural Advisory Board. Grant awardees must provide a minimum one-to-three match. The deadline to apply is March 23.  More 

Creek Week Leads Durham Community in Caring for Waterways

Care about the condition of our local waterways like the Eno River, below? Then mark your calendars now to celebrate the ninth annual Creek Week March 18-25. Creek Week offers indoor and outdoor activities to help people of all ages and abilities learn more about creeks, rivers, and lakes and how to keep them healthy. During this week-long event, residents have a chance to join litter cleanups, tour a water reclamation facility, go on a canoe adventure, learn from master naturalists, and enjoy family fun. New for this year, the Third Friday Arts Initiative tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will help kick off the week’s events with water-related art installations, open studios, and interactive pop-ups at Pleiades Gallery, Golden Belt, The Makery and Duke Center for Documentary Studies.  More

City Offers Youth Financial Empowerment Workshop

It is never too early to learn how to handle money and the City of Durham will offer a free financial empowerment seminar aimed at ages 14 to 24 on March 29 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Historic Parrish Street Forum, 108 West Parrish Street. The training will share an easy-to-use approach to spending, saving, and planning. Food will also be provided to youth participants.  More 

Contractor Training Session Set

A free seminar to assist contractors wanting to earn City contracts will be held on April 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 101 City Hall Plaza. Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance, the session will feature discussions of project opportunities and how to businesses can qualify. Pre-register online or contact Eric Miller, 919-560-4180, ext. 17241.  More 

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

Durham residents are 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. Today is the last day to vote for the People’s Choice Award.  More

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Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Budget & Management ServicesDirector 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.

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 

Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan Meeting Set

Residents who want to know how the City plans to improve the Eno River Watershed should mark their calendars to attend a March 21 public information session. The session will be held March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Durham County North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of stream field studies and gather input from residents. The session also includes an interactive children’s exhibit about some of the animals and plants that live in the Eno River watershed. 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 grant program. The Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is launching Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health, which provides grants up to $1,500 to neighborhood and homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit residents’ health. Applications are due by March 26. More

Youth Invited to Apply for Durham's Summer YouthWork Internships

Durham youth looking to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience can 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 

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 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.  More 

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Jr. Fire Marshal Academy Seeks Future Firefighters

Learn about all things fire at the 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 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 Monday.  More

Teens Learn Lifesaving Skills To Prepare For Summer Jobs

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 Spring Break Course held at Edison Johnson Aquatics Center, 500 West Murray Avenue, on April 8 and April 10-13.  More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 3/15/17 - Days of Supply: 301 - Reservoir Status: 99.9% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. - For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Water Management Promotes EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week”

More than one trillion gallons of water are wasted via leaks in American households each year. That's equal to the annual total household water use of more than 11 million homes. Sponsored by the EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is March 20-26 and Water Management is promoting finding and fixing residential leaks in Durham.  More  

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, lane shifts will occur on East Main Street between Dillard and Hood streets. On-street parking will be closed in the work area. Varying lane closures will take place on Ramseur, Hood, and South Elizabeth streets at water service crossing locations. Temporary lane closures will occur on Mangum Street between Morgan and Ramseur streets and West Chapel Hill Street between Ramseur and Pettigrew streets for final pavement marking installation.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement project.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Seminary Avenue will be reduced to a single lane (westbound only) from Mangum Street to Rigsbee Street. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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