City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 21 - June 2, 2017

June 5 Public Hearing Set For FY 2017-2018 Budget

City Council members and the administration continue to review the proposed FY 2017-2018 budget as they prepare for the June 5 public hearing. City Manager Tom Bonfield proposed a 1.79-cent tax rate increase at the May 15 City Council meeting, bringing the new proposed tax rate to 57.86 cents per $100 of assessed value. The proposed tax rate generates a tax bill of $1,041 on a house valued at $180,000, the median house value for the City of Durham according to the Durham County Office of Tax Administration. This will result in the average homeowner paying $32 more than last year, or approximately $3 more per month. More

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Council Stormwater Facility Tour
City Council members were given a tour of the many types of stormwater maintenance facilities in use in Durham on Tuesday. City staff here show the council members a pocket wetland at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield campus on University Drive. The wetland lets runoff out slowly to reduce peak flow and uses sedimentation and plants to remove pollutants.

Durham Police Observing National Gun Violence Awareness Day Today

The Durham Police Department (DPD) will observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day today. To show support, the DPD headquarters building at 505 West Chapel Hill Street will be illuminated with orange lighting during the evening and employees will wear orange clothing and wristbands throughout the day.   More 

Durham Seeks Input on Affordable Housing Density Bonus

Residents interested in Durham’s affordable housing density bonus program are invited to attend an upcoming public meeting to give their input. The Durham City-County Planning Department is seeking feedback on 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 a June 6 public meeting. The meeting will 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

Durham Pollinator Garden Tour

Calling Pollenteers of all ages! Come one, come all to Durham's first Pollinator Garden Tour on June 24. This one day, self-guided tour will take place during National Pollinator Week and showcase over 15 different pollinator habitats throughout Durham. Twelve of the participating gardens are located at local community gardens that help combat food insecurity throughout our community.  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

Rock The Park

Parks and Recreation again offers a summer series including concerts and movies in a beautiful setting, Durham's parks. The festivities begin June 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at Duke Park, 106 Knox Street, with R&B artist Dale Kimper. Visit the Rock The Park web page for information on all the shows. 

Campus Hills Pool Closed for Maintenance

Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Avenue, will remain closed through early fall for renovations including replacing the dehumidification unit and circulation pump. During the closure, routine maintenance including new lights and fresh paint will also occur.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/31/17 - Days of Supply: 237 - 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. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, stormwater and waterline installation along Ramseur Street between Dillard and Fayetteville streets will continue. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at stormwater crossing locations at Hood and South Elizabeth streets. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. Final waterline and service connections on East Main Street between Dillard and Fayetteville streets will continue. Work includes preparing for final waterline connections at Commerce and East Main streets and Dillard and East Main streets. Lane shifts and local detours will be used to maintain traffic near installation areas. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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