City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 15 - April 21, 2017

2017 Golden Leaf Award Winners Honored

Eight Durham projects have been honored for excellence in design and preservation at the 2017 Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance. The awards program, sponsored by the Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc., and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board, honors excellence in design, preservation, and stewardship of the natural and built environment. This year, 19 entries in seven categories were received in addition to the People’s Choice winner.  More 

Music in the streets at Earth Day
Earth Day Observance Set For Sunday

Earth Day 2017

Come downtown and celebrate the 2017 Earth Day Festival on Sunday at Durham Central Park. 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.   More

ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event Set For Tomorrow

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and drop-off of their reusable household goods should attend the City's ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event tomorrow. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Shopping Center, 2050 Chapel Hill Road. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, clothing, etc.  More 

Durham Recognized As A Top 50 Fleet For 2017

The City of Durham has been recognized for its outstanding effort to be an industry leader in government fleet operations. The City’s Fleet Management Department has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Fleets for 2017 by Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association. This is the third time Durham has won this award since 2014.  More 

New Downtown Parking Garage Information Session Set For May 4

Construction of a new downtown parking garage is set to begin later this year and the City is holding a community information session in May to get input and ideas on the design progress. The $23 million project, to be located on a 1.2-acre site bounded by Rigsbee Avenue, West Morgan and North Mangum streets, will be a mixed-use parking deck with approximately 650 parking spaces. The garage will also contain approximately 16,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 5,000 square feet for a centralized parking office. The project is anticipated to be under construction in fall 2017 with completion anticipated for January 2019. More

Durham Hosts Human Relations Advocacy Awards May 11

The City's Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations of residents and organizations who have distinguished themselves by advancing and advocating for civil and human rights in Durham. The commission and the Human Relations Division of the Neighborhood Improvement Department are hosting the 2017 Human Relations Advocacy Awards on May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street. At this ceremony, at least four Durham residents and/or organizations will be honored for their impact and service. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday.  More 

Durham Awards Stormwater STAR Certification to SEEDS

A Durham non-profit has been recognized for setting an example of environmental stewardship in water pollution prevention. The Stormwater and GIS Services Division of the City's Public Works Department has recognized SEEDS for completing a year-long program to become certified as a Stormwater STAR business. The Stormwater STAR recognition program began in 2014 as a way for businesses to show off the good things they are doing to protect creeks, rivers, and lakes in Durham. 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 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

Registration Open for G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp

Durham Police Department's G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Unit is accepting applications for its 2017 summer camps for youth ages 9 to 13. G.R.E.A.T. Camps are provided free-of-charge and can accommodate up to 30 youth each session. Three week-long sessions are offered June 19-23, July 10-14, or Aug. 14-18.  More 

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America’s Night Out Against Crime Set For Aug. 1

Registration is underway for Durham’s observance of National Night Out (NNO), America’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 1. Neighborhoods, agencies and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a NNO event or promotion. The evening of Aug. 1 residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement and public safety partners. Neighborhoods typically host events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime campaigns.  More 

Durham Seeks Applicants for Building Improvement Grants

Durham business owners interested in funds to help improve their locations can apply now for an upcoming grant opportunity. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development is accepting applications for targeted areas inside the city limits for Building Improvement Grants. Proposed projects must be within the Ninth Street Commercial Corridor or the Downtown Development Tier, including Parrish Street. To determine whether a project is within the eligible geographic location, business owners should use the department’s mapping tool. 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

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 

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 are due by April 30,  More

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Parks and Recreation Notes

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

Portions Of Third Fork Creek Trail Temporarily Closed

Portions of Third Fork Creek Trail will be closed from May 3 – Aug. 31.  Several sections of trail will be replaced and portions of Third Fork Creek are being restored. Now through May 3, users may expect short detours and trail closures to accommodate the construction.   More 

Every Drop Counts - A weekly shapshot of Durham's water supply status 4/20/17 - Days of Supply: 234 - Reservoir Status: 99.8 % - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

Durham, Take the Pledge for Water Conservation!

This Earth Month, Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell and the City’s Department of Water Management invite everyone in Durham to pledge to conserve water, as part of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. This annual campaign is a friendly competition between U.S. cities to see who can be the most “water-wise.” It’s easy to participate – just visit and take the pledge today. No login or account creation necessary, and it’s free. Plus, participants in winning cities can be eligible to win all sorts of great prizes, including the grand prize – a 2017 Toyota Prius! Pledges must be submitted by April 30. Currently, Durham is in third place; Mayor Bell and Water Management need your help to get our city to #1.  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.  This weekend, waterline installation on East Main Street at the railroad crossing between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will continue.  A westbound closure of East Main Street between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will be used. Traffic control signs and markings will be used to detour westbound traffic using Elm, Ramseur, and Fayetteville streets. Next week, waterline installation on East Main Street at the railroad crossing between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will continue.  A westbound closure of East Main Street between Angier Avenue and Fayetteville Street will be used. Waterline installation and testing 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 waterline installation. 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 East Main Street. 

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