City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 14 - April 7, 2017
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Twenty Years Of The Full Frame Film Festival

Downtown streets will be bustling this weekend as movie makers, directors and film enthusiasts make their annual pilgrimage to Durham for the Full Frame Film Festival. They join the many Durham residents who make this an annual event. The festival has become one of the premier film events in the United States. Special for this year is a look back at 20 years of Full Frame with a retrospective curated by Artistic Director Sadie Tillery that highlights the work of the festival over the years. The festival has become a special part of spring in downtown Durham with a tremendous cultural and economic impact on the city. Congratulations and we look forward to 20 years more of the Full Frame Film Festival.

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Downtown Durham will be the home this weekend for the 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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).  Interested youth are encouraged to download an application and apply to serve a one-year term on the 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. Application packets should be completed and postmarked by April 30.  More

Most City Offices Closed April 14 For Good Friday

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on April 14. There are no changes to curbside recycling or garbage collection schedules. Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items on April 14 will instead occur on April 17. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on April 14. For information on all closings and delays, visit the website.

City Hosts 2017 Golden Leaf Awards April 20

Who will walk away with the Golden Leaf award for their Durham property voted to be the best in their category? Mark your calendar to find out at the 2017 Golden Leaf Awards Reception and Ceremony. This year's event is set for April 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Durham County Commissioners' Chambers, 200 East Main Street. The event is free, open to the public and Durham residents are encouraged to attend.  More 

Public Art Gets A Boost With New Calls For Artists

Local and regional artists are invited to apply for new public art projects sponsored by the City of Durham. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, General Services Department and the Public Art Committee of the Cultural Advisory Board are launching three new public art projects around Durham.  More

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If you’re thinking of adding a room to your house or building a deck, that often-complex process has just gotten a little easier. In this new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham City-County Planning Director Patrick Young to talk about the recent opening of the Development Services Center and how residents, business owners, and developers now have one central spot to go to for help with permits and project applications.
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Durham Releases Final Draft of Bike+Walk Implementation Plan

A final draft of the Durham Bike+Walk Plan is now available and residents are encouraged to provide comments from now until April 28. The final draft, a result of multiple rounds of public engagement, prioritization and stakeholder input, contains information on the plan development and prioritization process, the top priorities for the City and recommended improvements and topics on best practices from other communities. Since May 2016, the City's Transportation Department has been developing an implementation-focused plan that combines the previous bicycle and pedestrian plans into a single document.  More 

City Hosts Workshop for Continuum of Care Grant Funding

Durham is hosting a workshop for representatives of organizations interested in applying for grants in the 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Grants Competition. The workshop will be held April 11 at 2 p.m. at the City’s Community Development Department, 807 East Main Street, Building 2, Suite 200. The workshop will review how CoC funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may be used to help fund short-term and permanent housing for homeless persons and families, and how to use a secure ZoomGrants website to submit required qualifying documents to the Community Development Department. More 

Trees Over Durham

Come learn about trees in Durham, and tell us what you would like to see in the future at a Trees Over Durham forum on April 25 at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Start the day learning all about trees, then participate in visioning sessions where you get to tell us what you think. At the end, we'll hear from people who have made trees work for diverse communities, and produce a vision statement of what we want for our trees and communities.  More 

Durham Launches Architectural Inventory Update

 A lot has changed in the Bull City over the last 35 years, and the memories and stories of residents are needed now to help update Durham’s Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Durham City/County Planning Department and Preservation Durham are collaborating to update this inventory, which was last completed in 1982, to bring this work up-to-date with additional documentation about structures and neighborhoods. The original inventory took a comprehensive look at the history, architecture, and development patterns of Durham and noted more than 900 structures built prior to 1940 along with brief histories of approximately 30 Durham neighborhoods and their patterns of development.  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

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 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 

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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. Tomorrow, 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 4/5/17 - Days of Supply: 240 - Reservoir Status: 100% - 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. There will be no work 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 East Main / South Elizabeth / Commerce, East Main / Hood, and at waterline crossing locations on Main Street. There will be varying lane closures on Ramseur, Hood, and South Elizabeth streets at water service crossing locations. 

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, paving will occur in 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. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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