City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 37 - Sept. 29, 2017

Parks And Recreation Receives National Honor

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) has earned the National Partnership Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)  at the 2017 NRPA  Annual Conference in New Orleans. DPR received the honor for its successful partnership with Duke University Medical Center to treat childhood obesity at the community level. The program titled “Bull City Fit” was established in 2012 and is designed to integrate a state-of-the-art health system with one of DPR’s largest facilities, Edison Johnson Recreation Center.  More

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City Hosts ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Oct. 21

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and drop-off of their reusable household goods should attend the ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event next month. The event will be on Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium visitors side parking lot at 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, clothing, etc.  More 

Applications Sought For Emergency Solutions Grant Funds

The City's Community Development Department is inviting interested organizations to apply for more than $160,000 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently informed the department that the Durham Continuum of Care (CoC) was eligible to apply for funding to operate emergency shelters and to rapidly re-house people who are currently homeless. Eligible applicants must be private, nonprofit organizations or local governments. Project applications are due by 4 p.m. on Oct. 6. Project application instructions and supporting documentation are available at the Durham CoC website.   More 

Durham Celebrates Walk to School Day Oct. 4

Durham will join the rest of the nation in celebrating the benefits of walking to school on International Walk to School Day Oct. 4. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has selected Durham’s Lakewood Elementary School for a special Walk to School Day event. Organized by the Friends of Lakewood Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the City Transportation Department, NCDOT representatives will join Lakewood students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in a walk to the school beginning at 7:15 a.m.  More

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 

Smoke Testing Set to Take Place in Downtown Durham

As part of routine efforts to identify and repair potential sanitary sewer system defects, the Department of Water Management will begin smoke testing of sewer lines in areas of downtown. This work is expected to begin next week. This smoke is non-toxic and does not leave stains or residue. It is comparable to substances more commonly used in fog machines for entertainment purposes. It appears white to gray in color and has a slight fragrance. It is NOT a fire hazard. The process involves forcing smoke into a gravity sewer line via manhole using an air blower. If there are any holes, cracks, or other defects in the sewer line, smoke could seep through and help identify the problem area.  More 

Public Feedback Sought on Dockless Bike Share

Bike sharing may soon be coming to Durham and residents are encouraged to provide feedback through an online survey and meet potential bike share operators next month. The City's Transportation Department has been researching the feasibility of bringing bike share, a system where bikes are rented for short, point-to-point trips, to the Bull City. In addition, dockless bike share operators have expressed an interest in operating in Durham, and City staff have been working on developing regulations along with permitting and assessment processes that would allow companies to operate for one year. More 

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.

NCWorks Career Center at Briggs Avenue to Temporarily Close for Renovations

The NCWorks Career Center Durham on Briggs Avenue will close at noon on Oct. 19 and remain closed through Oct. 20 for renovations. During this time, the center will be undergoing a $50,000 makeover including 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 reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23.  More


Residents Invited to Join “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.

Chat with a Durham Police Officer on National Coffee with a Cop Day

Members of the Durham Police Department will sit down and chat with residents over a cup of coffee during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Oct. 4. Coffee with a Cop Day is a national initiative designed to help break down the barriers between residents and officers, build trust, and to discover mutual goals for the community.  More 

Police Chief C.J. Davis  Appears on "Megyn Kelly Today"

After appearing in an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly in August, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis was in New York this week 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. Watch the video

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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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/27/17 - Days of Supply: 173 - Reservoir Status: 78.4% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect - For information: visit www.durhamnc.gov


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 in 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, Fuller Street will be closed as sewer installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. 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. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.


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