City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 13 - March 31, 2017
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On-Street Metered Parking Brings An ‘Interesting Ride’ to Downtown

A little more than a month ago, the City introduced parking meters to downtown Durham.  As we expected, it’s been an interesting ride, to say the least, leaving some motorists happy to find parking, others angry to have to now pay for a space that was once free and unlimited. Some might say that the parking dilemma is a good one to have.  Solving it though, can be tough ... on you and on the City. Learning how to use the meters presented challenges for users, but have become fewer and fewer. judging by the reduced number of Twitter and Facebook posts. And, some businesses are telling us that they’re grateful as there are more opportunities for more patrons to visit their stores. They also enjoy the convenience of using the ParkDurham mobile app and paying by credit card. We realize there are other concerns, such as time limitations, too long or too short, and having to pay at high-use facilities such as the Durham Center for Senior Life. Rest assured, we hear you and are working with businesses to determine what adjustments could be made. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience as we find the right balance to meet the Bull City’s long-term parking needs.  Learn more about parking here.
City-County Planning Director Patrick Young
City-County Planning Director Patrick Young

Young Named City-County Planning Director

Assistant Planning Director Patrick O. Young has been named director of the Durham City-County Planning Department by City Manager Thomas J. Bonfield and County Manager Wendell M. Davis. Young has more than 20 years of experience as a professional urban planner and has been with the Durham City-County Planning Department as an assistant director since 2008. Young has led the efforts to implement the new Durham City-County Development Services Center, which will open April 3. He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a specialization in growth management from Florida State University.  More 

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Durham Youth Commission. The application period for 2017 - 2018 begins tomorrow.

Durham Youth Commission Seeks Applicants

Youth who want a voice in their City government are invited to apply to serve on the Durham Youth Commission (DYC).  Beginning tomorrow, interested youth are encouraged to download an application and apply to serve a one-year term on 2017-2018 commission, which consists of 30 members from grades 9–12 chosen by a selection committee of City staff members, peers, and Durham residents. Durham DYC members commit to a one-year term of service; serve on City boards and committees as appointed and attend all meetings of those boards and committees; complete 40 hours of community service during their term of service; as well as attend and actively participate in all meetings, service projects, and special events sponsored by the commission. Application packets should be completed and postmarked by April 30.  More


City Extends Deadline for New Matching Grant Health Program

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their neighborhoods healthier places to live have more time to submit their projects for funding through a new City of Durham grant program. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is seeking applications for its 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. Applications were originally due by March 26, but the department has extended the deadline to April 30 to encourage more neighborhoods to apply for project funding.  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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Finance Department Earns National Reporting Honors

The City of Durham has won two national recognitions for its financial accountability and reporting to the city's residents, which makes it one of only two North Carolina cities to hold all three major awards from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). For the 13th consecutive year, the GFOA recognized the City for outstanding achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its annual publication, the Citizens' Financial Report. In addition, for the 32nd consecutive year the GFOA has also awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  More 

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CityLife
How do you want the City of Durham to spend your tax dollars? More sidewalks? Improved parking? Affordable housing? In this new episode, CityLife Host 
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.
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Durham Launches Bull City Workplace Challenge

Workplaces interested in saving money, helping Durham’s environment, and earning local recognition can register to join the new Bull City Workplace Challenge. Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell and Durham County Board of Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs are challenging workplaces across Durham to take new strides toward a greener, more sustainable future by joining this new program. Created by the City-County Sustainability Office along with 10 City and County departments and community partners, the challenge is designed to help workplaces of all types save energy, conserve water, protect water quality, produce less waste, and support sustainable transportation. More

Free Tax Prep Assistance Available to Durham Workers

Durham residents can now receive valuable help from several organizations which provide free tax filing assistance.  IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers can now assist residents to get tax benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which can help working families cover day-to-day expenses such as utilities, rent, and child care. The IRS estimates, however, that nearly one-fifth of eligible people miss out on the EITC because they don’t know about it, don’t know that they qualify, or don’t know where to find free tax filing assistance. Some workers whose income decreased in 2016 may qualify for the EITC for the first time.  More 

Durham Police Athletic League ‘Day of Champions’ Set For Tomorrow

The Durham Police Department’s Police Athletic League will hold its youth basketball “Day of Champions” event tomorrow at 1 p.m., at the Holt Athletic Association Gymnasium, 117 Milton Road, Durham.  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


Vote To Support Your Favorite Park For Earth Month

This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for the third year, including a park right here in Durham. Through Meet Me At The Park, an initiative that gives back to these places that shape so much of our lives, one of three local parks will receive a $20,000 grant and Durham residents get to choose which one.  More

Durham Parks and Recreation Hosts Egg Hunts

In April, residents will have several opportunities to put all of their eggs in one basket at Durham Parks and Recreation’s Annual Egg Hunts. On April 1, residents and their canine friends are invited to the Dog-Gone Egg Hunt at Piney Wood Park from 10 a.m. – noon. Also on April 1, participants will have to make a splash in the pool to find eggs at the Spring Egg Dive at Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Avenue, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. On  April 8, egg-citement will be in the air at the two Egg Hunts scheduled to be held at Campus Hills Park, 2000 S. Alston Avenue, and West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Road.   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 3/29/17 - Days of Supply: 234 - Reservoir Status: 99% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect - For information: visit www.durhamnc.gov

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. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, lane shifts on East Main Street between South Elizabeth, Commerce and Hood streets. On-street parking will be closed in the work area. Lane closures and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at E. Main / South Elizabeth / Commerce, E. Main / Hood, and at waterline crossing locations on Main Street. Varying lane closures will occur on Ramseur, Hood, and South Elizabeth streets at water service crossing locations. Traffic control signs and marking or flaggers will be used at crossings.

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, work will occur on Seminary Avenue between Mangum and Rigsbee streets. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Expect lane shifts throughout the week. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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