City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 43 - Nov. 17, 2017

Durham Releases DPAC 2016/2017 Financial Results

The City of Durham has released the 2016/2017 season financial results for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), showing the City earned more than $1.6 million according to the preliminary, unaudited financial statement for the period ending June 30, 2017. The City owns DPAC, which is managed by PFM/Nederlander, operators of performing arts and entertainment facilities in America and worldwide. According to the preliminary statement, Durham Performing Arts LLC generated a net income of more than $5.2 million, of which pursuant to the operating agreement, more than $1.6 million will be distributed to the City. The income will go into the City’s DPAC Fund to be used for debt service, maintenance, building improvements and other possible revenue shortfalls, including naming rights and hotel/motel occupancy tax.  More 

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Citizens' Financial Report Now Available

The award-winning Citizen's Financial Report from the City's Finance Department is complete and while you can find it online now, it will also be available in the Wednesday edition of the Herald-Sun. The report provides an informative review of the City's financial condition for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Most City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. 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. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov. 23. Regular Thursday collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will take place on Nov. 24. Regular Friday collections for yard waste and bulky items will take place on Nov. 27. Residents may also now access their collection schedule by visiting the department’s new webpage to search for their collection day, holiday schedule changes, and what items are accepted in their curbside collections. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Nov. 23 and, Nov, 25, but will operate under normal schedules on Nov, 24. For a complete list of closings and delays, visit the website.

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Purdue Pharma Presents Donation for Police Programs

The Durham Police Department (DPD), thanks Purdue Pharma’s for the company's generous donation to the department's Blue Benevolence programs.  From the left are Kimberle Walker, DPD Senior Public Affairs Specialist; Rodney Benson, Director - Security and Diversion Control; DPD Chief of Police Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis;  Glenn Faber, Security Director; DPD Capt. Walter Tate; Kisha Ethridge, DPD Grants Manager; and  DPD Lt. Mark Morais.
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Durham Among Top Digital Cities

The Center for Digital Government has named Durham the 2nd-ranked city nationally among its population peers for improving resident services, enhancing transparency and encouraging resident engagement. Durham ranked 2nd among cities with a population between 250,000 and 499,999. The City was honored at a ceremony in Charlotte last night. More 

Police Athletic League Soccer Finale set for Tomorrow

The Durham Police Department’s (DPD) Police Athletic League (PAL) will hold the final soccer games of the season tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street. The theme for the final day of soccer is “Social Media Day with PAL.” DPD is inviting residents to attend and support the young athletes with photos they can share on social media.  More

Public Art Submissions Sought for New Police Headquarters and 911 Center

Local, regional and national artists are invited to apply for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install public art to enhance the future Durham Police Headquarters and Durham Emergency Communications Center. From now until Dec. 1, qualified artists or artist teams can submit their qualifications and interest in this project for public art integration into the interior and exterior of the site. Full submission guidelines, project details and the submission portal are now available on the Call for Artists webpage.   More 

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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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Transportation Seeks Feedback on Proposed South Roxboro Street Restriping Plan

Do you travel on South Roxboro Street in Durham? Transportation is proposing a lane reconfiguration for the section between Juliette Drive, Gaithers Point Drive and Hope Valley Road to remove a travel lane and add a bicycle lane. Give your feedback on their proposed plan by Nov. 30 on the website.

New Snow Removal and Street Clearing Webpage Launched

With winter rapidly approaching, you may be wondering ... how does Public Works prioritize snow removal efforts from city streets? Check out their new webpage for details on what they do when winter weather comes to Durham, snow plowing routes and maps, and how they prioritize which city streets get cleared first.

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. More

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New Trash Receptacles Sprucing Up Downtown

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New shiny trash receptacles make a big difference in the image of an urban area. Downtown Durham is in the process of having many of its trash containers replaced. The City's General Services Department and Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI) are working together to replace many of the trash and recycling containers. DDI identifies where the containers are needed and General Services replaces them - a great example of the organizations working together.

City Manager's Report Takes Thanksgiving Off

City employees will be observing the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23 and 24, so we will not have a City Manager's Report next week. Look for it again on Dec. 1.

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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 11/14/17 - Days of Supply: 147 - Reservoir Status: 60.8% - 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. Central Park
No work is planned for this weekend, Thanksgiving Day or Nov. 24. Next week, Hunt Street eastbound will be closed between Rigsbee Avenue and Mangum Street. Roney Street will be closed between Corporation Street and Central Park. Hunt Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. 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. 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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