City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 40 - Oct. 20, 2017

City, Keep Durham Beautiful, Host ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Tomorrow

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 tomorrow 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

Police Captain Walter Tate with seniors
Battle To The Finish
Police Captain Walter Tate, commander of the department's Community Services Division, enjoys a good game of cards during yesterday's Police vs. Seniors Olympic Challenge at the Center for Senior Life. The annual event is a part of National Crime Prevention Month.

City Hosts National Community Planning Month Open House

Ready to show community planning some love? Attend the Open House later this month to help Durham City-County Planning celebrate the role planning plays in creating the places we love most. In order for residents to get to know the planners in Durham and learn about local planning initiatives, the department is hosting an Open House on Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the ground floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. Staff will give tours, answer questions and provide examples of their work. Light refreshments will be provided.  More 

Durham Applies for TIGER Grant to Convert Downtown Loop to Two-Way Traffic

The City wants to convert the downtown Durham loop to two-way traffic and is hoping a federal grant will make it happen. The City’s Transportation Department has applied for a $12 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Discretionary Grant to convert the loop, allowing two-way traffic to improve safety, mobility and accessibility, and to facilitate economic development in downtown. If Durham is selected for a TIGER grant, the funds will be used to convert the loop to two-way traffic by changing pavement markings to accommodate two-way traffic and bicycles, modify traffic signals and construct roundabouts at key intersections. More 

Durham Offers Construction Forum on Trends & Challenges Facing Building Trade Firms

A free forum will be held Nov. 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 101 City Hall Plaza featuring a discussion on trends and challenges currently facing general contractors and construction trade firms such as workforce turnover, subcontractor utilization, financing, good faith efforts, and establishing a business footprint. The forum is sponsored by the City's Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Department. Participants are asked to pre-register by completing the online training request form  or by contacting Senior Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Specialist Eric Miller by email or call  919-560-4180, ext. 17241.

Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan Meeting Set

Residents who want to learn about the efforts to improve the Eno River Watershed should mark their calendars now to attend a Nov. 2 public information session. Hosted by the Stormwater and GIS Services Division of the Public Works Department, the session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Road. The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of fish and aquatic plant studies, share approaches for prioritizing improvement projects, and gather input from residents. Project staff are also gathering input through an online survey which is open now through Nov. 15.  More 

Artist Selected for First Major Public Art in DurhamSmART Vision Plan

Olalekan Jeyifous has been selected to create a new art wrap for the Corcoran Street Parking Deck. This is the first major public art work in the Durham SmART Vision Plan. Jeyifous is a Nigerian-born artist, architect, and designer from Brooklyn, New York. Durham is one of four communities chosen to be part of the N.C. Arts Council's SmART Initiative that supports arts projects that transform downtown areas.  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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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 

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

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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Durham and Orange Short-Range Transit Plans Seeking Input

GoDurham and GoTriangle are working on new Short-Range Transit Plans to improve bus service for current customers, while also learning how to attract new riders. Although the end result will be two separate plans, these efforts will be coordinated to make sure connections between systems are as efficient as possible. Please assist the effort by taking the Durham County survey today.  

Parks and Recreation Notes

Durham Dogs Have A Lot To Bark About

Parks and Recreation will join forces with Beyond Fences to provide a fun-filled afternoon for Durham's four-legged residents on Oct. 29 from noon to 4 p.m.  More   

Durham to Host Senior Holiday Party Dec. 12

Parks and Recreation will host its 46th Annual Senior Holiday Party for mature adults ages 55 or better on Dec. 12 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center at 4700 Emperor Boulevard. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Nov. 1.  More  
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/18/2017 - Days of Supply: 151 - Reservoir Status: 70% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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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. 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. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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