City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 30 - Aug. 11, 2017
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Durham Welcomes International Photography Exhibition

The FENCE, the largest annual outdoor public art photography exhibition in the world, is coming to the Bull City and residents are invited to join the City of Durham at an opening ceremony next week. The City’s Public Art Committee, Office of Economic and Workforce Development and General Services Department are welcoming The FENCE: Durham with an opening ceremony on  Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. on the Orange Street Mall, between East Chapel Hill and West Parrish streets in downtown Durham. More 

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DPAC Getting A New Look
The Durham Performing Arts Center is getting a new look during a short break prior to its next events in September. The seating has been completely removed along with all of the carpeting. New carpeting is being installed along with new higher grade seating. The seats will be donated to Jordan High School and several other organizations. Learn more on this
Bull City Today episode.

Durham Wins National Awards for Technology Use to Improve Services

The City of Durham has brought home several national awards for its technology use to enhance government services and operations. The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has recognized the City’s Technology Solutions Department and the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department for their use of technology to improve service delivery through its 2017 PTI Technology Solutions Awards. Durham won a total of four awards – two in first place – in the categories of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Innovation, Web and e-gov, and Data and Performance Metrics.  More 

Full Frame Is One Of The World's Best

Congratulations to Durham's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for being named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2017 by MovieMaker magazine. "This is probably one of the best places to actually watch documentaries," a panelist interviewed by the magazine said. "If you can't make Sundance, this is the easiest way to see some of the top films of the year. The festival runs from April 5 - 8.

Durham Welcomes North Carolina's Association of County Commissioners

Downtown will be hopping this weekend, as Durham welcomes the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for its annual conference this week. The festivities include workshops, training sessions. Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton will also be sworn in as president of the association. Welcome county commissioners.

Maplewood Cemetery Office Relocating For Renovations

Beginning Aug. 31, the Maplewood Cemetery office staff will be temporarily relocated to the Beechwood Cemetery office to allow for renovations at Maplewood. The Beechwood office is located at 3300 Fayetteville Street, and can be reached by phone at 919-560-4156.

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 
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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 final movie of the season will be on Aug. 19 when "Trolls" will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street. 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  

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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 8/10/17 - Days of Supply: 187 - Reservoir Status: 91.5% - 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 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 will continue on East Main Street between South Elizabeth and Hood streets. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at stormwater crossing locations on East Main Street. 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, Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation begins. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control as needed. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. 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. Fernway Avenue will be reduced to one lane as water line installation begins. 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.

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