City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 36 - September 22, 2017

City Seeks Submissions For Liberty Warehouse Public Art

Local and regional artists are invited to apply to have their work displayed as a new public art project on Durham’s Liberty Warehouse wall. The selected project will be displayed on the wall facing Durham Central Park. From now until Nov. 1, qualified artists or artist teams can submit their qualifications to design, fabricate and install their public art. Full submission guidelines, project details and submission portal are available on the Call for Artists webpageMore 

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Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge
Music, bright colors, delicious food, fun, and soccer will fill the air tomorrow as Durham Parks and Recreation will host its Annual Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month. 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 at 401 North Driver Street.  The event celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month and observes Hispanic traditions with Durham residents.

Monday Workshop 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 City’s General Services Department is asking residents, businesses and other stakeholders to share their initial ideas, thoughts and concerns about the future of this property. A final workshop hosted by the City's General Services Department and consultants will be held Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 212 Foster Street. Attendees will hear about the project and site and have an opportunity to provide input on future uses.  More

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Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis, second from left, talks with NBC's Megyn Kelly during an August interview in Durham. At left is Morrisville Chief Patrice Andrews and at right is Raleigh Chief Cassandra Deck Brown.

Police Chief C.J. Davis To Appear on "Megyn Kelly Today" Sept. 26

After appearing in an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly in August, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis will be in New York Sept. 26 to appear on Kelly's new show "Megyn Kelly Today" along with Raleigh Chief Cassandra Deck Brown, Morrisville Chief Patrice Andrews, and Fayetteville Chief Gina Hawkins for a story on women municipal police chiefs in North Carolina.

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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 

City 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 West Trinity Avenue. More 

NCWorks Career Center at Briggs Avenue to Temporarily Close for Renovations

The NCWorks Career Center Durham at Briggs Avenue will close at noon on Oct. 5 and will remain closed on Oct. 6 for renovations. During this time, the center will be undergoing a $50,000 makeover to include new paint, new carpet and new workstations. The center is using Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) funds for the project, which are passed through the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions from the U.S. Department of Labor. The NCWorks Career Center will open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 9.  More

City Events to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Looking to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month? The Human Relations Division of the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department and the Mayor’s Hispanic/Latino Committee will sponsor three events: a TED Talk on Diversity and the Media, Sept. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, Golden Belt, 807 E. Main Street, Building #2, Third Floor; a viewing and discussion of 120 Days: Undocumented in America, Sept. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street; and the  Annual Hispanic Heritage Month City Employee Celebration, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., City Hall Committee Room, 101 City Hall Plaza, Second Floor. 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.

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 

Police Vs. Seniors Challenge Set

The annual Police vs. Seniors Challenge is set for Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life at 406 Rigsbee Avenue. Police officers will take part in games and activities with seniors as part of the observance of National Crime Prevention Month.

Hillandale's H.E.A.R.T.S Program Honored On Golf Channel

Durham's Hillandale Golf Course was featured this week on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive as Hillandale Director of Golf Karl Kimball was interviewed about the facility's H.E.A.R.T.S program which benefits the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Duke Children's Hospital. The program looks to provide, at no cost, a nurturing golf environment for children that are patients at the Pediatric and Marrow Transplant unit. Hillandale Golf Course is owned by the City of Durham and managed by Amerizil Golf. Check out the interview online

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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Parks and Recreation Notes

Parks and Recreation Hosts Bull City Campout This Weekend

Durham Parks and Recreation will host its Annual Bull City Campout this weekend at West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 North Roxboro Road. Durham residents, families and individuals will participate in an afternoon and evening filled with activities such as a hiking, storytelling around a campfire, s’mores, and more. After the activities, participants will pitch a tent in the park for an overnight campout. More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/20/17 - Days of Supply: 177 - Reservoir Status: 81.5% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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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. This weekend, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Fuller Street will be closed as sewer installation continues. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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