City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 29 - Aug. 4, 2017

Durham Seeks Entrepreneurs for Innovation Partnerships

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 

Mayor Bill Bell at Franklin Village Nation Night Out Observance
National Night Out
Mayor Bill Bell joins District 1 Community Liaison Officer Terry Janifer of the Police Department to talk with residents of the Franklin Village neighborhood during Tuesday's National Night Out observance. More than 100 neighborhoods joined more than 16,000 neighborhoods nationally for the 34th observance of the night out against crime.

City-County Planning Introduces Demolition Permits Tracker

The City and County of Durham have jointly created a new web feature allowing residents to view active demolition permits. The Durham Demolition Permits Tracker is a new web page that shows active demolition permits alongside historic districts and landmarks. The Durham Development Tracker is an existing website that shows a wide range of planning and zoning information. Demolition permits have been added to this website.    

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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 tomorrow  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  

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 8/2/17 - Days of Supply: 198 - Reservoir Status: 94% - 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, sidewalk and curb replacements and abandonment of existing waterlines on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood Street, South Elizabeth streets, 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. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. 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 Street. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. 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, Liggett Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 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 service disruption is anticipated. Fuller Street will be closed as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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