City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 18 - May 12, 2017
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A Simple Thank You

Thank you.  They’re probably two of the most powerful words in the English language…and maybe two of the least heard. Or they often are said as a matter of routine, without much thought. This week was Public Service Recognition Week, a week set aside to recognize the work done by government employees at the local, state and federal level.  I am proud to say almost every week, I hear from residents about an employee who performed exemplary service.  Notice I didn’t say heroic, even though some government employees are in the life-saving business. Just this week, I heard from a resident who was involved in a minor, but stressful accident. She wrote, “While waiting for EMS, Fire and Durham PD, a City of Durham worker by the name of Edward Paul, first time meeting him, rode by and asked if we were okay. I waved him on, but apparently he could see our distress. Mr. Paul parked and stayed on the scene with me and my 12 year-old daughter. At the time, I didn't think much of it, but it truly meant a lot to me and my daughter to have that extra support from someone who we did not know, but who truly showed compassion for another resident of this great city. I wanted you to know my experience this morning. I wanted you to know that I felt cared for, and safe during a stressful time.” Mr. Paul is a landscaping crew chief in the City’s General Services Department. We often say, public service is a calling: A way to make a difference every day, a way to show you care about society.  To Mr. Paul, and the many Edward Paul’s who work for the City of Durham, I say, Thank you.

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Budget Time for 2017-2018
City Manager Tom Bonfield presents last year's preliminary budget as Council Members Eddie Davis, left, and Charlie Reece look on. This year's preliminary budget will be presented at Monday's City Council meeting.

City Manager Set To Present Proposed FY 2017-2018 Budget Monday

City Manager Tom Bonfield will present his budget recommendations to the City Council Monday night, showing how the City proposes to provide services to residents, businesses and visitors for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. It’s the culmination of months of work led by the Budget and Management Services Department. “While BMS, leads the process, there’s no doubt that City department directors and their staffs contribute a significant amount of effort to the process,” Bonfield said. “It’s no minor feat, requiring a lot of thought, research and listening to what the community needs and wants." The process starts late in the fall with meetings to talk about upcoming needs and community projects. It continues through the winter and early spring with more meetings, including Coffees with Council, in which staff and City Council members attend Partner Against Crime meetings to get feedback from the community. The Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday night. The budget presentation can be viewed live on Time Warner Cable Channel 8, the City’s Facebook page or on the City’s website. We will also be tweeting key points throughout the speech.

Durham Seeks Input on Affordable Housing Density Bonus

Residents interested in Durham’s affordable housing density bonus program are invited to attend one of two upcoming public meetings to give their input. The Durham City-County Planning Department is seeking feedback on their proposed regulatory changes, which are intended to increase the likelihood of private developers building affordable housing units in targeted areas. Residents are invited to review the updated regulations, provide comments, and voice ideas and concerns at public meetings on May 18 or June 6. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. A presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by an open house. More

Water Management to Host Q&A for Central Park Project

In an effort to provide information and answer questions about ongoing waterline improvements in the Durham Central Park vicinity, the City’s Department of Water Management is hosting a public informational session on Thursday, May 25 at the Durham Armory at 220 Foster Street. Area residents are encouraged to stop by between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to learn more about upcoming work, and meet employees from Water Management and other City departments, as well as representatives from J.F. Wilkerson Contracting, the construction company performing the work. More 

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With thousands of people moving into our area each year and our roadways clogged with traffic more than ever, many of us are looking for other ways to get around Durham and the Triangle. In this new episode,
CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with GoTriangle’s Mike Charbonneau and GoDurham’s Angel Gentry to talk about why transit is such a hot topic right now and all of the ways our transit leaders are working to address this issue. Watch the show.

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

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 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 
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Parks and Recreation Notes


Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Set For May 20

The 48th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is set for May 20 from noon to 8 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive. The national award winning festival has been a tradition in Durham for 47 years. This family oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Visit the Bimbé History page for information on how the festival has evolved throughout the years. More

Parks and Recreation Teams Up with the Goat Squad

Durham Parks and Recreation has found the greenest way to remove vegetation and brush at Indian Trail Park, 1701 Albany Street. Tomorrow, The Goat Squad, a local targeted grazing business, will bring 24 goats to the Northern section of the park between Indian Trail and the playground area. The goats will clear unwanted vegetation, brush, and invasive species to increase visibility of the playground from the parking lot and trail. More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/10/17 - Days of Supply: 241 - 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. This weekend, waterline installation on East Main Street between Hood and Fayetteville streets, including near the Fayetteville Street / East Main Street intersection, will continue. Lane shifts and closures will be required near the Fayetteville Street / East Main Street intersection.  Flaggers will be used to maintain traffic flow through the intersection. Through traffic on Fayetteville Street is encouraged to use an alternate route when possible. Next week, waterline installation in East Main Street between Hood and Fayetteville streets, including near the Fayetteville Street / East Main Street intersection, will continue. Lane shifts and closures will be required near the Fayetteville Street / East Main Street intersection.  Flaggers will be used to maintain traffic flow through the intersection. Through traffic on Fayetteville Street is encouraged to use an alternate route (see attached map) when possible. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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