City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 26 - July 14, 2017

Durham Recognized for Performance Management Leadership

The International City/County Management Association is recognizing the City of Durham for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management, the highest level of recognition awarded. Certificates are based on established criteria and are awarded at three levels: Achievement, Distinction, and the highest level of recognition, Excellence. Recipients at all levels collect and verify data to ensure reliability, train staff in performance measurement, and report data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials. Durham is among 25 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence, and one of 57 recognized overall.  More 

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Nearing The Top
The Durham skyline continues to evolve as the One City Center building nears the top. Work continues at a fast pace as the 27-story business, residential and office project near the center of downtown is set for completion in spring of 2018.

Durham Seeks Stormwater Restoration Project Input

Residents who want to know more about the South Ellerbe stormwater restoration project should mark their calendars for a public information session July 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Committee Room at City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. The meeting will present the project background and current status and gather input on the project name and design. The South Ellerbe stormwater restoration project will occupy the site of the former Duke Diet and Fitness Center at 808 West Trinity Avenue. The site is a natural low point that receives rain runoff from downtown and nearby neighborhoods. The runoff flows into a branch of South Ellerbe Creek before making its way downstream to Falls Lake, a major regional drinking water source.  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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It’s something that affects you each month – your water and sewer bill. Since it’s something you have to pay, many of you have asked for a better way to pay it. In this
episode, CityLife sits down with our Water Management and Finance Departments to talk about new options to pay your bill. In the second half of CityLife, Durham Parks and Recreation shares more about the ways they have made it easier for youth and teens to play more this summer. Watch the show.

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 22 at 8:30 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street when the movie will be Who Gets The Dog.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 

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  

Road Closed signs - Click for a list of next week's road closures
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 7/13/17 - Days of Supply: 226 - Reservoir Status: 99.6% - 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, 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. Stormwater installation along Ramseur Street between Dillard and Hood streets will continue. Lane closures and detours will be used to maintain traffic at stormwater crossing locations at Hood and S. Elizabeth streets. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement Project.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website. Next week, the Fernway Avenue eastbound lane will be closed between Fuller and Morris streets. Fuller Street will be closed to all traffic between Fernway Avenue and Corporation Street. Corporation Street westbound lane will be closed between Morris and Fuller streets. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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