City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 38 - Oct. 6, 2017

Durham Awarded Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence Re-Accreditation

The Durham Emergency Communication Center has been re-accredited for the fifth consecutive time as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence, the highest distinction awarded by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. In 2005, Durham was the 99th center in the world to receive this distinction for its comprehensive implementation and compliance with the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) and associated ''20 Points of Excellence,” the world's most widely-used 911-type pre-arrival instruction and dispatch-life-support protocol system. More 

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National Coffee With A Cop Day
Durham police officers took time out Wednesday to talk with visitors to the coffee shop at the Unscripted Hotel. Coffee with a Cop Day is a national initiative designed to help break down the barriers between residents and officers.

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. 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

Durham Seeks Neighborhoods for Matching Grant Health Program

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their neighborhoods healthier places to live can apply to receive funds for projects through a City grant program. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is offering Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health, which provides grants up to $1,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit residents’ health. Applications are due by Oct. 31. More  

Residents Invited to Join “Big Sweep” 2017 Tomorrow

Residents ready to help clean up Durham are urged to join the annual Durham Big Sweep clean up event tomorrow. Volunteer registration is 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's Stormwater & GIS Services Division.  More 

Twenty-Two Graduate from Citizen Police Academy

The Community Resource Unit of the Durham Police Department graduated 22 residents last night as the Citizen Police Academy congratulated its latest class. The academy offers residents first-hand knowledge and insights into the “hows” and “whys” of Durham Police Department operations and services.

City Selects Partners for Innovation Partnership Program

Four local startup companies will get their chance to bring new ideas into City Hall and test out their innovative solutions to Bull City challenges. The City's Office of Performance and Innovation has chosen four partners for the 2017 Innovate Durham program, a pilot that gives startups and entrepreneurs a way to test their products or services using City data and infrastructure. The City received 34 applications from companies interested in participating in the program. A review committee narrowed the field down to four participants who each bring a unique, innovative solution to the program. More 

‘Imagine a Day Without Water’ in Durham Oct. 12

Can you imagine a day without water? Recognizing that reliable water systems are essential to securing a bright and prosperous future in Durham for generations to come, at the October 2nd Durham City Council meeting, Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell proclaimed Oct. 12 “Imagine a Day Without Water in Durham.” The City’s Department of Water Management encourages everyone in Durham to pledge to give up one water-using item or activity for Imagine a Day Without Water on Oct. 12. Customers can take the pledge online and enter to win some great prizes. More 

Leathers Named Parking Association Innovator of the Year

Congratulations to Transportation Parking Systems Manager Thomas Leathers who was recently named Innovator of the year by the National Parking Association. The NPA Innovation Awards recognize companies and individuals who demonstrate the highest professionalism and parking best practices. 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. today. Project application instructions and supporting documentation are available at the Durham CoC website.   More 

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Sustainability Report helps to tell our sustainability story thus far and lays the groundwork for a path forward for now and future generations. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Sustainability Specialist Erin Victor with the City’s General Services Department and City-County Sustainability Manager Tobin Freid to talk about what sustainability really means, the report, the development of a plan for Durham, and how residents can get involved.
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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

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

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

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.

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 10/4/17 - Days of Supply: 170 - Reservoir Status: 75.5% - 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. 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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