City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 33 - September 1, 2017

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Labor Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Police, fire and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. Meetings are open to the public and may be viewed live on Durham Television Network, streamed live, and viewed afterwards on demand on the City’s website and the City’s YouTube channel. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Sept. 4. Collection for all services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the entire week. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on Sept. 8 will occur on Sept. 11. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Sept. 4. Visit the website for a complete list of closings and delays.

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Fire Team Deploys To Texas
Durham firefighters who are members of the North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force joined other state firefighters yesterday to deploy to Texas to assist in the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. From the left are Battalion Chief Jeff Roberts, Driver Dan Burton, Captain David Young, Firefighter Dan Morgan, Driver Gabe Massengale, Captain Bryan Perry and Battalion Chief Dan Cremeans.

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 Seeks Input on Future of Current Police Headquarters Site

The City wants community input on what should happen to a prominent block on the western edge of downtown Durham.  Currently, the four-acre site is being used as the headquarters for the Durham Police Department. However, the site will become vacant in fall 2018, when the department moves to its newly constructed headquarters along East Main Street. When this occurs, the City will no longer have a municipal purpose for the property and is looking for community input as to its future use. The General Services Department is asking residents, businesses and other stakeholders for ideas, thoughts and concerns about the future of this property in the following ways:
•  Complete an online survey located on the project website, or drop in on a pop-up workshop hosted at various locations in-and-around downtown. The workshops will be on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster Street; Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza; Sept. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 West Pettigrew Street; and Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Durham Co-Op, 1111 West Chapel Hill Street. Residents can also attend a community workshop on Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street.  More

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. Applications are due by today. For information, visit the Durham Planning Academy webpage or contact Matthew Filter at 919-560-4137, ext. 28271.  More  

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Durham is now spending more on public art, and as a result, residents and visitors can expect to see more art going up around town. In this new
CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham Arts Council Executive Director Sherry DeVries and City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development Senior Economic Development Coordinator Brian Smith to talk about the value of public art, why the Durham City Council is supporting it, and why it matters to the Bull City’s economy. Watch the show.

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43rd CenterFest Arts Festival Set For Sept. 16-17

The 43rd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival will take place Sept. 16-17 in downtown Durham featuring 146 juried fine artists from 17 states along with music, entertainment and food. Also new this year will be 10 Durham Rising Star emerging artists who will be launching their art festival careers and a CenterZen Zone with free Sunday morning outdoor yoga provided by Global Breath Studio of Durham. For information, visit the website or call 919-560-2787.

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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Keep Durham Beautiful Seeking ReUse Rodeo Applicants

Keep Durham Beautiful is accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations to take part in Durham's Second ReUse Rodeo on Oct. 21 at the Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. The event allows residents to donate gently used items to multiple nonprofits at the same time in the same place. Interested nonprofits should apply by Sept. 15. 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 

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
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 8/30/17 - Days of Supply: 183 - Reservoir Status: 87.3% - 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 through Sept. 4. Next week, sidewalk, curb replacements and abandonment of existing waterlines on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood, South Elizabeth, and Ramseur streets will continue. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. Waterline service reconnections in 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. An eastbound lane closure on Angier Avenue will be required to complete the work.  On-street parking will be closed in the vicinity of the work. Sanitary sewer investigations will be completed on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood, South Elizabeth, and Ramseur streets. Non-toxic dye will be used to verify active sanitary sewer service locations. 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. No work is planned through Sept. 4. Next week, Liggett Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted and 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. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. 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.

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