City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 23 - June 23, 2017

Durham’s Approved Budget Prioritizes Affordable Housing, Youth and Public Safety

Citing the critical need to address the Bull City’s growing priorities, including affordable housing, youth engagement and public safety, the Durham City Council voted Monday to approve a 1.79-cent tax rate increase, bringing the new tax rate to 57.86 cents per $100 of assessed value. The 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. The total budget for FY 2017-18 is $429.4 million, a 6 percent increase from last year, and includes a $189.4 million budget for services covered by the general fund, a nearly 4.3 percent increase from last year.  More 

EV station ceremony at Corcoran Street Parking Garage
Grant Pays For New Charging Stations
Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell was joined by Council Member Charlie Reece, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Geoff Durham, and Duke Energy District Manager Indira Everett to debut two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on the fourth level of the City’s Corcoran Street Parking Garage. The EV stations were paid for through a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy.


Durham Wins National Community Development Award

Durham is one of only 14 communities nationwide to receive this year’s John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award from the National Community Development Association. The award recognizes a community’s effort to promote and celebrate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program during National Community Development Week in April. The City’s Community Development Department won this year’s award by conducting a week-long series of events with community partners showcasing the positive impact of CDBG and HOME funds. More 

City Wins Recognition for Best Performance Audit

The City of Durham Audit Services Department has been nationally recognized for having one of the best performance audits of 2016. The 2016 Knighton Award, presented by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), was awarded to the department in the small shop category for its Public Works Department Street Maintenance Performance Audit, which was conducted last year to determine if the City’s Street Maintenance staff are completing street maintenance activities per their service delivery standards, and to evaluate whether City policy choices on street maintenance are consistent with the strategy adopted by the City Council. This national award recognizes the best performance audit reports of the preceding year. More

City and County Announce New Joint Mobile App

Durham residents can now submit service and public records requests to Durham City or County governments on a new joint mobile application now available. The Durham One Call app is a free interactive tool and can be found by searching for “Durham One Call” on your smart phone in the Apple Store or Google Play store. The app forwards resident requests for service to City and County departments for concerns such as pothole repair, missed trash or recycling collection, litter removal, dead animal removal, reporting a vacant home or water service requests.  More

Durham Seeks Neighborhoods for Matching Grants

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their community a better place to live, work, play, and shop can now apply for the next round of City grant funding for neighborhood improvement projects. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is seeking applications for its Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, which provides grants up to $2,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit a neighborhood’s quality of life.  More 

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Sports tourism is big business for cities throughout the nation and Durham wants to get in on the action to attract, support and promote these events in our community. In this
new episode, CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham Sports Commission Executive Director Ashleigh Bachert to learn more about how this new commission is going to lead the community’s efforts in attracting sporting events to the Bull City. Watch the show.

Durham Pollinator Garden Tour

Calling Pollenteers of all ages! Come one, come all to Durham's first Pollinator Garden Tour tomorrow. This one day, self-guided tour will take place during National Pollinator Week and showcase more than 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

Automatic Service Renewal Reminder for Current Yard Waste Customers

Yard waste customers will have their weekly service automatically renewed for another year on July 1. Renewal occurs each year on July 1 at the standard monthly rate of $7.50, which will be charged to your water bill. Need to cancel your existing service or relocating in the city? Call Durham One Call at 919-560-1200 to update your address or discontinue service. Want to become a yard waste customer?  Visit the website to submit your application or contact Durham One Call.

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 

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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 continue at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, with the movie, Peanuts.  Visit the Rock The Park web page for information on all the shows.

Durham To Host Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge

Durham Parks and Recreation will host its Second Annual Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge on Sept. 23 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event is free and will be held at Rock Quarry Park , 701 Stadium Drive, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Participants will enjoy music, authentic foods, celebrate Hispanic traditions and learn about the health, education and community resources available in Durham and the surrounding area. Children can participate in hands-on activities and create Hispanic inspired crafts.  More  

Celebrate Independence Day in Durham

Celebrate patriotism and civic pride on July 4 at Durham’s Independence Day Celebration. Enjoy a Durham Bulls baseball game, fireworks, food, fun and more. This event is sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls. Please see the details below: The Durham Bulls will face the Charlotte Knights beginning at 6:05 p.m. and gates for the fireworks will open in the 7th inning. Fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m.  More 

Indian Trail Park Playground is Now Complete

Durham Parks and Recreation hosted two public meetings last July to solicit input on the design of a new playground at Indian Trail Park, 1701 Albany Street.  The playground designed for residents, by the residents is now complete. Patrons will enjoy a playground with play structures specifically designed for children ages 2-5 and 5-12.  More 

Portions of Third Fork Creek Trail Remain Closed

Parts of Third Fork Creek Trail will remain closed through Aug. 31.  Several sections of trail are being replaced and parts of the trail are being restored.  For safety reasons, trail users should respect the closure signs and not use the closed sections of the trail. Construction work will restore Third Fork Creek between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Cardinal Drive.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 6/21/17 - Days of Supply: 224 - 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, final waterline and service connections on East Main Street between Dillard and Fayetteville streets will continue. Work includes final waterline connections at Dillard and East Main streets. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at installation locations on East Main Street. Waterline service reconnections will be coordinated with affected parties at least seven days in advance of interruption. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Waterline and service installations along Ramseur Street between Hood and Fayetteville streets will continue. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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