City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 12 - March 24, 2017

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

Volunteers planting trees for Arbor Day
Arbor Day Activities
Keep Durham Beautiful celebrated Arbor Day 2017 by planting 33 trees along Hillsborough Road near Ninth Street yesterday with the help of volunteers from the Durham Performing Arts Center. Durham has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 33 years. More trees will be planted during events in the coming week.

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, 101 City Hall Plaza. Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance, the session will feature discussions of project opportunities and how businesses can qualify. Pre-register online or contact Eric Miller, 919-560-4180, ext. 17241.  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.

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

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

Earth Day 2017

Mark your calendar now to come downtown and celebrate the 2017 Earth Day Festival April 23. Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more. Browse the Earth Day Market and shop for local, hand-made green goods, crafts and environmental art! Information will also be available about green products and services including sustainable building, energy and water conservation, gardening, and more. Paper shredding will be available from noon to 3 p.m. during the festival. A convenient drive through area will be set up at 412 Morris Street (Measurement Incorporated Parking Lot) to collect all of your sensitive paper documents that need shredding. This service is free and open to the public.  More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 3/23/17 - Days of Supply: 234 - Reservoir Status: 98.8% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect - For information, visit

Conservation At Work and Home

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. This weekend, there will be temporary lane closures on West Chapel Hill Street between Ramseur and Pettigrew streets for final pavement marking. Next week, waterline installation and testing will take place on East Main Street from Dillard Street to Hood Street will continue. East Main Street traffic between South Elizabeth / Commerce and Hood 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. Waterline service installation in Ramseur, Hood, and South Elizabeth streets will continue. Localized lane closures will occur on Ramseur, Hood, and S. Elizabeth Streets.  Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all detours.

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 open to all traffic. Pedestrian traffic may be restricted in work areas. 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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