City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 45 - Dec. 8, 2017

Durham Seeks 2018 Golden Leaf Award Nominees

Beginning Jan. 2, nominations can be submitted to recognize properties that illustrate the best visual or environmental contributions to Durham through the 2018 Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance. The awards program, sponsored by the Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc., and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board, recognizes new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the built environment.  More 

Mayor Steve Schewel installed
New Mayor and Council Members installed
Monday was a special night for the Durham City Council as new Mayor Steve Schewel, above, and Council Members Vernetta Alston, DeDreana Freeman and Mark-Anthony Middleton were sworn in to serve new terms. See more photos from the
Council Installation on our Flickr web page along with photos from last weekend's Durham Holiday Parade and Holiday Fun Fest.

Announcing Durham City Council At-Large Vacancy

The Durham City Council is accepting applications to fill the At-Large vacancy for the unexpired term created by former City Council Member Steve Schewel, who was elected Mayor during the 2017 municipal election. The term of this At-Large vacancy expires in November 2019.  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 that wish to attend should RSVP by 4:30 p.m. today.  More
Police supporting Little Hats, Big Hearts

Durham Police Busy Spreading Holiday Cheer

District 2B Squad has chosen Little Hats, Big Hearts as the focus for their holiday initiative for 2017. District 2B officers will have donation boxes available at each substation and Police Headquarters so that you can donate red handmade preemie and newborn size hats.  If you aren’t the crafty type then you can still help by donating funds, or also by donating unused red yarn.  District 2B Officers will collect all the donations on Dec. 28 for delivery to the local American Heart Association representative for distribution to hospitals in our area.

Durham Police Employees Support Residents During Holidays

During the holiday season Durham Police Department employees heighten their demonstration of the department's community-oriented policing philosophy. The holidays inspire police officers and non-sworn personnel across the department to support various charitable, educational and recreational efforts as part of the department’s annual holiday initiatives. Toy drives, food drives, shopping sprees and holiday safety campaigns are among the heart gifts Durham Police Department employees are giving to the Durham community this season. More  

NCWorks Career Center at Briggs Temporarily Closes for Renovations

The NCWorks Career Center Durham at Briggs closed at noon today and remain closed on Monday for renovations. The center will undergo a $50,000 makeover to include new paint, new carpet, and new workstations. The center will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 12. Businesses and jobseekers are encouraged to visit NCWorks Online  for assistance during the renovation.  More 

Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway

Want a tree for free? Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc. will give away hundreds of Crape Myrtles to Durham residents on Dec. 14 at Eastway Elementary School, 610 N. Alston Avenue. More 

Durham Recognizes Fullsteam Brewery as New Stormwater STAR Business

The local entrepreneurs at Fullsteam Brewery have received recognition for setting an example of environmental stewardship in the area of water pollution prevention. The Stormwater and GIS Services Division of the City's Public Works Department has recognized Fullsteam Brewery for completing a year-long program to become certified as a Stormwater STAR business.  More 

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New ideas and innovative solutions are taking shape in City Hall thanks to a fledgling partnership with four startups. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Senior Budget & Management Analyst Ben Kittelson with the City’s Budget and Management Services Department and Dropark CEO Mahdi Inaya to talk about how the Innovate Durham Program is supporting businesses while finding new ways to improve City government operations.
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City Downtown Parking Study Continues

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

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
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 12/6/2017 - Days of Supply: 142 - Reservoir Status: 54.8% - 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. There will be no work this weekend. Next week, Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewer 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. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster Street and North Duke Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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