City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 31 - Aug. 18, 2017

Durham Planning Academy Seeks Applicants

Durham residents who want a better understanding of planning issues and how they impact current and future development should register now for the next Durham Planning Academy. Hosted by the Durham City-County Planning Department, this four-week course will introduce residents to planning concepts and procedures, explore the responsibilities of the department, explain the development process, and share typical procedures that various types of planning cases undergo. Participants will also learn about the legal framework in which planners must operate, and be able to participate in a mock Planning Commission meeting. For information, visit the Durham Planning Academy webpage or contact Matthew Filter at 919-560-4137, ext. 28271.  More  

Volunteers installing The FENCE photography exhibit in downtown Durham.

Durham Welcomes International Photography Exhibition

The City’s Public Art Committee, Office of Economic and Workforce Development and General Services Department are welcoming The FENCE: Durham on the Orange Street Mall, between East Chapel Hill and West Parrish streets in downtown Durham. The exhibit opens today and will run through November.  More 

Durham Inducts New Youth Commission Monday

Thirty Durham youth who want a voice in their City government will soon begin serving their one-year terms on the 2017-2018 Durham Youth Commission after Monday’s Induction Ceremony.  The induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday with a welcome reception set for 6 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.  More 


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

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. There will be a full closure of the East Main Street and Fayetteville Street intersection this weekend. Lane shifts and flaggers on East Main Street between Roxboro Street and Fayetteville Street, Hood Street, and South Elizabeth Street. Lane closures on Angier Avenue between East Main Street and Elm Street. Next week, sidewalk/curb replacements and abandonment of existing waterlines in 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. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. 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.


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.

2017 Municipal Elections Information

The primary elections for the 2017 municipal elections will be held on Oct. 10. The general election will be held on Nov. 7. Early voting sites will be the Durham County Board of Elections Office at 201 N. Roxboro Street, the North Carolina Central University Turner Law Building at 1801 Fayetteville Street, the South Regional Library at 4505 South Alston Avenue, and the North Regional Library at 221 Milton Road. See the flyer for more information on voting places and hours.

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CityLife

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.

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 tomorrow 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.


Pools Closing Today - Pooch Plunge Set For Aug. 26

Participants and their canine friends can take a final plunge for the season in the water at Hillside pool on  Aug.26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event provides a safe, enclosed environment for residents and their canine friends to enjoy the water. Dogs can dive in or simply splash around in the pool. Regardless, the event is fun for participants and spectators alike. 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  

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 8/16/17 - Days of Supply: 193 - Reservoir Status: 93% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit www.durhamnc.gov.

Conservation At Work and Home

 
 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.

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. There will be no work this weekend. Next week, Liggett Street southbound will be closed between Corporation Street and Fernway Avenue. Corporation 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. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water service disruption is anticipated. 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. 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. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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