City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 28 - July 28, 2017
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Council Chambers Upgrades Nearing Completion

Next time you are in the City Council Chambers, you will notice many upgrades that are helping the City stay among the leaders in technology. There are noticeable updates for those who watch Council meetings, whether in person, on television or online. Among the changes are new LED TV and room lights that make the chambers more energy efficient and make the room brighter. There are new microphones, high definition cameras, a new vote board system, and larger monitors behind the Council members that will have closed captioning. The monitors in the lobby are also being rewired to enable closed captioning and better audio. Apple users will now be able to use their iphones and ipads to watch the web stream live.  All of these changes are expected to be complete next week. Thanks to all involved as we work to make Durham a leader in the way we provide information for our residents.

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Police Department Honors Graduates
Durham Police Chief Cerelyn Davis congratulates Advanced Law Enforcement Training (ALET)  class #17 graduate Bobby Haynes, Jr. This is the first year since 2011 the Durham Police Department has operated an academy that engages officers who have already attained basic law enforcement certification. The department held graduation ceremonies July 25 for six ALET graduates as well as 17 graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy (BLET) class #45.


Durham Seeks Entrepreneurs for Innovation Partnership

Local startups and entrepreneurs looking to develop and test products and services now have a new way to do so thanks to a pilot program from the City of Durham. The City’s Office of Performance and Innovation is launching the new Innovate Durham program to open up the City's resources for entrepreneurs to develop, test and scale innovative solutions to improve City operations and solve community problems. This pilot program accepting applications until Aug. 28, will give startups and entrepreneurs a way to test their products or services using City data and infrastructure.  More 

DPAC Among Year's Top Theaters

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) concluded its ninth season as one of the nation's top five theaters, entertaining nearly 460,000 guests during the 2016-2017 season. The theater under the management of Nederlander and PFM held 223 events with 93 sellouts. DPAC's average attendance per event was higher than last year, and total attendance was the venue's second-best ever for a season.  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.

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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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 Aug. 5  at 6 p.m. at Southern 
Boundaries Park, 100 Third Fork Drive when Jazziando will perform Latin and Jazz favorites.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  
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 7/26/17 - Days of Supply: 205 - Reservoir Status: 95% - 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, stamped concrete restoration will take place on East Main Street on the west side of Roxboro Street. East Main Street will be closed between Church and Roxboro streets from 7 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for East Main Street detours. Next week, sidewalk and curb replacements, and abandonment of existing waterlines on East Main Street between Roxboro, Fayetteville, Hood, South Elizabeth and Ramseur streets 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. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the websit.

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. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Fuller Street will be closed as waterline installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 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. Liggett Street will be reduced to one lane as sewer installation begins. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Residents will be notified in advance of any disruption. Residents and business owners will be contacted about assisting with dye testing of sewer service connections.

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