City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 24 - June 30, 2017

Celebrate Independence Day in Durham

Celebrate patriotism and civic pride on July 4 at Durham’s Independence Day Observance. Enjoy a Durham Bulls baseball game, fireworks, food, fun and more. This event is sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls. 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 

Fireworks and Fun
Join us Tuesday night for the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Independence Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 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 July 4. Regular Monday collections for solid waste and recycling will not be impacted this week. However, regular Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday collections for solid waste and recycling will be delayed by one business day for the remainder of this week. Collections for yard waste and bulky items will also be delayed by one business day this week with the regular Friday collection taking place Monday, July 10. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on July 4.  More 

Police Officers Rescue Two Women from Submerged Vehicle  

Three Durham police officers and a police applicant rescued two women from a sinking car in a water retention pond Wednesday on South Alston Avenue. Officers were dispatched at 2:20 p.m. to the call about a car in a pond in the 4500 block of South Alston near N.C. 54. Edwoe Mante was attempting to turn into the library parking lot when she hit a tree and went into the pond, officers said. Manta and a pregnant passenger in her car, Maude Boateng, were trapped in the vehicle, which was sinking into the pond, when Investigator E.E. Ortiz and Officers K. De La Cruz and A.M. Acker arrived on the scene. The officers dove into the pond and attempted to rescue the women. A police applicant, David Plitt of Winston-Salem, who was riding with Officer De La Cruz also dove into the pond to assist the officers. The officers were able to free both women from the vehicle within minutes and help them to safety. Neither woman suffered serious injuries.  

Durham Managing Urban Forest by Removing Street Trees in Declining Health

Over the next six months neighborhoods throughout Durham will see street trees in declining health removed as the City works to proactively manage its urban forest. The City’s General Services Department has contracted with Baxley Corporation to remove approximately 40 street trees scattered throughout neighborhoods in Durham. These trees were selected for removal due to a combination of condition, size and location factors as well as their particular susceptibility to decay, insects, diseases and severe weather.  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 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 

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

July 7 is the deadline to register your group 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 July 8 at 6 p.m. when Reggae artist Sahara performs at Forest Hills Park, 1639 University Drive.  Visit the Rock The Park web page for information on all the shows.

“Get Your Play On” with Durham Parks and Recreation

This July, residents can discover the power of play in Durham as we celebrate Park and Recreation Month. Summer is here and it’s time to “Get Your Play On.” Park and Recreation Month is a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) initiative designed to encourage residents to take advantage of the park and recreation programs and activities available in local communities throughout the country.   More

Snow Hill Road Park Master Plan Meeting

Durham Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting on July 11 to solicit input on the development of the Snow Hill Road Park Master Plan. Residents are welcome to attend the meeting that will be held at the park soccer field at 619 Snow Hill Road anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  More 

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  

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 6/28/17 - Days of Supply: 226 - 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, existing waterline abandonment on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood Street, South Elizabeth Street, and Ramseur Street will continue. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at isolated locations in the project area. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Next week, no work will take place on July 4. Existing waterline abandonment on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood Street, South Elizabeth Street, and Ramseur Street will continue. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at isolated locations in the project area. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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