City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 41 - Oct. 27, 2017

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. Staff will 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 through Nov. 15.  More 

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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 Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  More

City Hosts National Community Planning Month Open House

Ready to show community planning some love? Attend the Open House Monday 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 Monday 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 

Police to Hold Trunk or Treat Event Tomorrow

The Community Resource Unit of the Durham Police Department is holding a Trunk or Treat event tomorrow at the Walmart Supercenter at 1525 Glenn School Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoppers, passers-by, and the public are invited to participate in the festivities. In addition to free candy, trick-or-treating safety tips and crime prevention materials will be available. There will also be photo opportunities with McGruff the Crime Dog and public safety professionals. The event is the culminating activity of the department’s observance of National Crime Prevention Month. 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, by contacting Senior Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Specialist Eric Miller by email, or call  919-560-4180, ext. 17241.  More

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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 provide up to $1,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch 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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Parks and Recreation Notes

Durham’s Holiday Parade and Fun Fest Set for Dec. 2

For the first time, Durham Parks and Recreation will host two holiday events in one day on Dec. 2. The spirit of the season will come alive in downtown at the Holiday Parade and Fun Fest. The day will kick off with the holiday parade at 11 a.m. Participants can cheer on hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups as well as watch magical floats make their way through downtown Durham.  After the parade, participants can enjoy snow sledding, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts activities, visits with Santa, train rides, and more at the Holiday Fun Fest. 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 10/26/2017 - Days of Supply: 147 - Reservoir Status: 67.2% - 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. 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. 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. Residents and business owners will be contacted about assisting with dye testing of sewer service connections. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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