City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 34 - Sept. 8, 2017
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City Departments On Standby as Irma Brings Rain, Wind Our Way

Our thoughts are with Florida this weekend as Hurricane Irma churns east in the Atlantic. The National Weather Service forecast this morning called for the storm to track a little to the west, reducing the impact on Durham. The timing could put the storm over North Carolina Monday into Tuesday with gusty wind, threats for tornadoes, and several inches of rain possible. City staff will be keeping a close watch on Irma this weekend and will be prepared to address the effects as the storm moves through. We will do our best to keep residents informed as the situation warrants. For the latest weather information, visit the National Weather Service.

First Responders Breakfast
First Responders Breakfast
Durham took time to thank those who help all during times of emergency this morning at the Fourth Annual First Responders Appreciations Breakfast. The event acknowledges the commitment of the men and women who serve Durham and the surrounding area. Above, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis chats with some of the many first responders on hand.

Durham Earns HUD Best Practices Award for Financial Management and Teamwork

The City's Community Development Department has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its financial management and teamwork environment. The department received its award during a financial management training seminar that took place during HUD’s  All Grantee Meeting in Raleigh. The City of High Point is the only other North Carolina municipality to receive the Best Practice Award during this event.  More

Vision Zero Durham Aims to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries

Durham wants to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Bull City roadways and needs the support of the entire community to make it happen. The City’s Transportation Department has launched Vision Zero Durham, a new initiative that brings together City and County departments, state agencies, and community stakeholders to engineer safer roads and educate the community about traffic safety. City Transportation Director Terry Bellamy and his staff began the program for one simple purpose – to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Durham roadways. 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
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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.

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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.

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

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
Mayor Bill Bell, right, and Mayor Kalist Lazaro Bukhay of Arusha, Tanzania.
Mayor Bill Bell, right, and Mayor Kalist Lazaro Bukhay of Arusha, Tanzania.

Another Sister Cities Visit

Mayor Bill Bell and the Sister Cities program welcomed Mayor Kalist Lazaro Bukhay of Arusha, Tanzania, this week. In addition to a City Hall visit, Mayor Bukhay got to visit the Solid Waste Management Department and Water Management.
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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

Third Fork Creek Trail Open To The Public

Construction on the Third Fork Creek Trail and the surrounding area is complete and the trail has reopened to the public.  Several sections of trail were replaced and parts of Third Fork Creek were restored between March and August.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/7/17 - Days of Supply: 187 - Reservoir Status: 86.7% - 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. There will be no work 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. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. 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 for this weekend. Next week, 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. 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Fernway Avenue and Fuller Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Fuller Street will be closed as sewer installation begins.

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