City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 44 - Dec. 1, 2017

Durham City Council Installation Ceremony December 4

Durham residents are invited to the installation ceremony for Mayor-Elect Steve Schewel and new Council Members Vernetta Alston, DeDreana Freeman, and Mark-Anthony Middleton on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. The ceremony, which will occur at the beginning of the City Council’s regularly scheduled business meeting, will also be broadcast live on Durham Television Network (Spectrum channel 8, Frontier channel 70 and AT&T U-verse channel 99) as well as livestreamed from the City’s websiteMore 

Dedication ceremony of Dr. John Hope Franklin Highway
Section of I-85 Now Honors Durham's Dr. John Hope Franklin
Local, state and federal officials gathered at the Hayti Heritage Center on Monday to honor the late Dr. John Hope Franklin by renaming a section of Interstate 85 in his memory. The highway from Cole Mill Road to U.S. 70 is now the Dr. John H. Franklin Highway. Joining Dr. Franklin's son, John W. Franklin and his wife, Karen Roberts Franklin, center, are Mayor Bill Bell, left, Governor Roy Cooper, second from left, and Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., right.

Durham’s Holiday Parade and Fun Fest Set for Tomorrow

For the first time, Durham Parks and Recreation will host two holiday events in one day tomorrow. 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 

Dockless Bike Share Launches in Durham

Dockless bike share - a new mobility option - has been rolled out in Durham. LimeBike and Spin began deploying 300 bikes for public use throughout the Bull City with additional operators and bikes to soon follow. The bikes work best for short trips, such as going to lunch, the bus stop, or getting someplace faster than walking. The bikes have a GPS and built-in lock, so residents can ride them anywhere in the city. When users get to their destination, they simply park the bike upright, lock it, and make sure it’s not blocking driveways, sidewalks, crosswalks, loading zones, accessible parking spaces, bus stops or street corners.  More 

Durham Seeks Organizations to Apply for Housing Funds

The City's Community Development Department is inviting interested organizations to attend an application workshop this month to help them apply for federal and dedicated housing funds. On Dec. 12, the department plans to release applications via ZoomGrants for Home Investment Partnership (HOME), HOME Community Development Housing Organization (CHDO), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Dedicated Housing Funds (DHF) for the FY 2018-2019 period. To assist interested organizations in applying for these housing funds, the department is hosting an application process workshop on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, 807 E. Main St., Bldg. 2, Suite 300. The workshop is limited to no more than two representatives from each organization, and it is strongly suggested that one of those attending be from the organization’s finance staff. Organizations who wish to attend should RSVP by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.  More 

Durham Kicks Off Tree Planting Season

Fall in the Bull City means one thing for the City's urban forestry team  –  it’s the beginning of the tree planting season. The City’s urban forestry staff, with the help of volunteers, hopes to plant 1,000 trees from more than 30 different species selected to be long-lived, low-maintenance, and widely adapted to local conditions. These species provide habitat diversity, are mostly native to North America, and come from North Carolina nurseries. The plantings will focus on 12 neighborhoods with a lack of tree canopy as identified in the March 2017 Tree Canopy Assessment Report.  More 

City Begins Downtown Parking Study

Parking in downtown Durham is in high demand, and in order to plan for the Bull City’s needs over the next 10 years, a parking study is now underway. The City’s Transportation Department has begun the study to help understand the nature of parking in light of emerging trends, plan for Durham’s future needs, and build on the findings of the 2013 Comprehensive Parking Study. As part of the study, public input is being sought to learn more about parking habits – how and where residents and visitors use downtown parking facilities – and more importantly, ways to improve parking.  More

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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. Through the end of business today, 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 

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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Parks and Recreation Notes

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
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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, Hunt Street will be reduced to one lane as water line 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. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewer line installation begins. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. 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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