City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 32 - Aug. 25, 2017

Durham Begins Construction Project for Markham Avenue, Mangum Street and Roxboro Street Medians

The Public Works Department will soon begin a construction project to install medians, sidewalks and new curb ramps at the intersection of Markham Avenue, Mangum Street and Roxboro Street. Road/lane closures and detours are required during the construction, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 20. The department is hosting a pre-construction informational meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at 1405 North Mangum to share information about the project with nearby property owners and residents.  More 

The Williams Water Treatment Plant on Hillandale Road

Construction Equipment Arriving at Williams Water Treatment Plant

Some of the first signs of an upcoming project at Williams Water Treatment Plant (WTP) are showing up at the historic facility on Hillandale Road. A mobile crane and other heavy equipment arrive this week as workers make preparations to replace the concrete apron surrounding the plant’s terminal reservoir. The apron is a concrete slab that extends down the side slopes of the reservoir to protect them from erosion. Set to begin at the end of September, the planned project will take Williams WTP offline for approximately six months. More 

City to Host Durham Belt Line Trail Master Plan Visioning Workshop

Rail-to-trail enthusiasts, bicyclists, pedestrians and residents interested in the creation of the Durham Belt Line Master Plan should mark their calendars to attend a visioning workshop on Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 212 Foster Street. Parking is available on the street or at the Durham Centre Parking Garage,  300 West Morgan Street. Light refreshments will be served and families are welcome. Participants will also be able to enter drawings for prizes from local businesses.  More 

DCHC MPO Seeks Comment on Transportation Priorities

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects. Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the 2045 MTP Alternatives Analysis, which shows the transportation impacts of four different growth and transportation scenarios in the future, by using a variety of methods. More 

Durham United Dedicates Another Habitat Home

Durham City and County employees have completed another Habitat for Humanity home with a dedication set for tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. on Morning Glory Avenue. The employee group has now built more than a dozen Durham homes through the program.

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  

Durham Architectural Inventory Update Now Underway

Much has changed in the Bull City over the last 35 years, and the memories and stories of residents are needed to help update the city's  Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Durham City/County Planning Department and Preservation Durham are collaborating to update this inventory, which was last completed in 1982. The original inventory took a comprehensive look at the history, architecture, and development patterns of Durham and noted more than 900 structures built prior to 1940 along with brief histories of approximately 30 Durham neighborhoods and their patterns of development. 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
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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

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 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 will run through November. The city will welcome the exhibition on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. on the Orange Street Mall with remarks from Mayor Bill Bell and others sharing the importance of public art.   More 

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Parks and Recreation Notes

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 8/23/17 - Days of Supply: 190 - Reservoir Status: 90.2% - 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/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. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Waterline service reconnections on Angier Avenue between East Main Street and Elm Avenue will take place. Service switchovers will be coordinated with each affected customer seven days in advance of work taking place. 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, Fuller Street will be closed as sewer installation begins. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 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.  Liggett Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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