City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 35, 2017

Durham Hosts Downtown Stormwater Project Design Workshop

Residents who want to provide design input for the South Ellerbe Stormwater Restoration project should mark their calendars now to attend a workshop later this month. The workshop will take place on Sept. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Adaron Hall at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street. Paid parking is available on the street or at the Durham Centre Parking Garage, 300 W. Morgan Street. The workshop will be an opportunity for residents to provide input on the design of the project that will occupy the site of the former Duke Diet and Fitness Center at 808 W. Trinity Avenue. More 

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43rd CenterFest Arts Festival Set For This Weekend

The 43rd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival will take place this weekend 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.

Community Development Assistant Director Announced

City of Durham Community Development Director Reginald J. Johnson has named Karen M. Lado as the department’s new assistant director of strategy. In this redefined position, which is part of a staff realignment, Lado will direct programs, projects, operations and staff of the department's new Strategy Division. She will be tasked researching and recommending a variety of financing methods and policy tools to support affordable housing goals and strategies as well as conducting data-driven analysis of market conditions. More 

Durham Innovation Team Now In Place

The City of Durham’s new Innovation Team (i-team) is now in place and ready to tackle critical challenges facing the community, starting with improving economic opportunities for residents who have been involved in the justice system. In January, Bloomberg Philanthropies recognized the City as a new member of its Innovation Teams Program, which helps cities solve problems in new ways to deliver better results for residents. Durham was selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to creating solutions to complex problems through innovation. The City received a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the foundation to help support the i-team, which now has four employees who will offer the City a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively, and work with residents and community stakeholders to solve pressing problems.  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
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Mayor To Take Part In Urban Revitalization Discussion At Duke

Durham Mayor Bill Bell will join former Charleston, S.C. Mayor Joe Riley on Oct. 12 for a discussion of the challenges of revitalizing cities at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Sanford's Rhodes Conference Room. 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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Police Observing Forensic Science Week

The Durham Police Department’s Forensic Services Division (FSD) will be spotlighted next week during National Forensic Science Week, which is held from Sept. 17 - 23. The observance recognizes the role forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes. During the week, the Forensic Services Division’s five units – Crime Scene, Firearms, Latents, Digital Forensics and Property and Evidence – will be featured on DPD social media. FSD employees will also be giving presentations to some local scout groups during the week. More

Residents Invited to Join in for “Big Sweep” 2017

Residents ready to help clean up Durham are urged to mark their calendars and register for the annual Durham Big Sweep clean up event on Oct. 7. Volunteer registration is now open online and everyone is encouraged help clean up Durham.  The Big Sweep is coordinated by the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep Durham Beautiful Inc., and the City of Durham’s Stormwater & GIS Services Division.  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

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

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INC Forum Features Mayoral Candidates

Miss last night's Durham Television Network broadcast of the InterNeighborhood Council's Mayoral Forum at City Hall? The replay of the event is available online on the City's Durham Television Network.

N.C. 98 Corridor Study Public Meetings Set For Sept. 19 and 20

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Agency (CAMPO) in conjunction with the Durham,Chapel Hill,Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will host public workshops on  Sept. 19 in Wake County and Sept. 21 in Durham. The N.C. 98  Corridor Study is 27-miles long, extending from U.S. 70 in Durham County through Wake County to U.S. 401 in Franklin County.  This project is evaluating safety and congestion, planned and existing roads, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and transit uses of N.C. 98. The Durham meeting will be at the East Regional Library at 211 Lick Creek Lane, Durham 27703 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  More 

Parks and Recreation Notes

Durham To Host Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host its Annual Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 23. The event is free and will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive. The rain date for the tournament only is Sept. 30 at the same time at the Holton Career and Resource Center on 401 North Driver Street.  The event celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month and observe Hispanic traditions with Durham residents. More 

Walltown Park Enhancement Project Almost Complete

Durham Parks and Recreation will host a volunteer work day on Sept. 21 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. to complete the renovations at Walltown Park, 1308 W. Club Boulevard. The improvement project was selected by Durham residents in April 2017 as a part of the Meet Me at the Park campaign. Volunteers are needed to clean up the vines and trash around the park and to build two new horseshoe pits. More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/13/17 - Days of Supply: 188 - Reservoir Status: 85% - 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. Sidewalk and curb replacements and abandonment of existing waterlines on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood, South Elizabeth, and Ramseur streets 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 / 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. 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. 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Fernway Avenue and Fuller Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Fuller Street will be closed as sewer installation continues. 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. Sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Residents will be notified in advance of any disruption.

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