City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 42 - Nov. 3, 2017
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Our Dedicated Employees Are An Inspiration To Us All

Influence, inspire, engage, enable, lead, care, encourage, challenge, communicate. It was exciting to hear these words used on so many occasions as I  Iistened to our keynote speaker, so many of our session facilitators, and the many employees on hand for our 2017 Leadership Conference. City of Durham employees go to great lengths every day to serve Durham residents. Our leadership conference provides an opportunity for all employees to hear from experts that inspire leadership at every level. We closed the afternoon with a City Manager Town Hall where employees had an opportunity to ask questions about where the organization is headed in the future. From what I heard this week, I am convinced that the future is bright for the City of Durham. Employees are committed to performing their jobs to the best of their ability every day. Opportunities such as this week’s conference only increase my belief that we have great employees who help make Durham a great place to live, work and play every day.

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Gregory Smith, founder of Chart Your Course International, was the keynote speaker for this week's 2017 Leadership Conference where City of Durham employees attended sessions on communication, ethical leadership and trust building along with a City Manager Town Hall at the Durham Convention Center.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Veterans Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. Police, fire and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City-provided services and programs. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov.10. There are no changes to solid waste or recycling collection schedules. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on Nov. 10 will instead occur on Nov. 13. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility and Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Nov. 10. For a complete listing of closures and delays, visit the website.

DCHC MPO Seeks Comment on Transportation Priorities

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects. Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the draft 2045 MTP (also known as the Preferred Option), which shows the highway, bus transit, rail transit and other transportation projects to be implemented over the next 30 years, using the DCHC MPO website, provide comments directly by email to Andrew Henry by Dec. 12, or attend a public hearing with local elected officials on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Durham City Hall Committee Room, 101 City Hall Plaza. More

Durham Publishes Strategic Plan Progress Report

Are you curious about how many economic development incentive agreements were approved to promote capital investment and job creation? What about the number of rental housing units created or rehabilitated in the city limits? Ever wonder how often the City’s drinking water standards are met? Get updates on indicators like these and more in the recently published City of Durham Strategic Plan Progress Report.  More

Solid Waste Using New App For Collection Schedule Assistance

Solid Waste Management is now using a new app called ReCollect to help residents find their collection schedule. Visit the website to enter your address and see your schedule. For additional assistance, help is always available from Durham One Call at 919-560-1200.

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Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell has been at Durham’s helm for the past 16 years – helping to guide downtown and Southside revitalization, cultivating a thriving and vibrant arts scene, and shining the spotlight on violent crime control. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with our outgoing mayor as he prepares to step aside and talks to him about his time in office as well as looking ahead to what’s next..

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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

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

City Manager's Report Takes A Break

There will be no City Manager's Report next week as City employees observe the Veterans Day holiday on Nov. 10. Look for it again on Nov. 17.

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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 are on sale.  More  
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 11/02/17 - Days of Supply: 149 - Reservoir Status: 64.8% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

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. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewer line installation begins. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. 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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