City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 4 - January 26, 2018

Durham Sets First-Ever Joint Community Conversations with Local Elected Officials

For the first time, Durham residents will have a way to engage with their local City and County elected officials at three joint community meetings beginning tomorrow. The first session will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan Street. During these discussions, residents will be able to address issues and provide feedback directly with the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners on topics ranging from public safety, affordable housing, human services, education, and economic development. These community conversations will each have a different theme allowing residents to choose the issues they are most passionate about, and to make sure residents feel heard by elected officials as well as staff members from the City, County, and Durham Public Schools. Residents are invited to attend any or all of the meetings.  More

Construction work on City's downtown parking deck

Downtown Parking Facility

Work is moving at a fast pace on the City of Durham's Mixed Use Parking Garage on the corner of Mangum and Morgan streets and Rigsbee Avenue. The facility will feature 667 parking spaces along with commercial/retail space. Visit the project web page for more information.

Durham Hosts Proposed Hillandale Road Bike/Pedestrian Facilities Meeting

If you live, work, or travel along Hillandale Road in Durham, you’ll want to make plans for a meeting later this month to discuss bicycle and pedestrian designs for this busy roadway. The City of Durham Public Works Department is now preparing designs for bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Hillandale Road from I-85 to the N.C. Highway 147, and staff wants to share their work and get resident input. The drop-in style meeting is set for Jan. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center Cafeteria, 2107 Hillandale Road. More

Durham Begins Project to Close Sidewalk Gaps

Beginning on Jan. 29, new sidewalk construction to close existing gaps will begin on eight different streets throughout Durham. This $269,450 project involves the complete installation of sidewalk and required curb ramps to close sidewalk gaps in various locations throughout the city, including missing sections of sidewalk on Cook Road, Fayetteville Street, Green Street, Gregson Street, Juliette Drive, Miami Boulevard, Pickett Road, and Enterprise Street. These locations were selected for this project from the Bike+Walk Implementation Plan approved by the Durham City Council. More 

Police Department to Hold Academy Graduation Feb. 2

The Durham Police Department will hold graduation exercises for Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) academy class #46 at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan Street. Mayor Steve Schewel will deliver the keynote address.

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) and shred confidential documents should mark their calendars to attend this rescheduled City of Durham event next month. The E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding event will be on Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot at 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics and paper. More

Durham Seeks Public Art Submissions for West Ellerbee Creek Trail Pedestrian Tunnel

Local and regional artists are now invited to apply for a new public art project to be displayed on the West Ellerbee Creek Trail Pedestrian Tunnel. The City's General Services Department, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Parks and Recreation, and Public Art Committee are inviting qualified artists and/or artist teams to submit their qualifications to design, fabricate, and install urban public art along the pedestrian tunnel as part of Phase II of the West Ellerbee Creek Trail project. Application materials include: statement of interest, annotated samples of previous work relevant to project, project personnel resume(s), and references. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2.  More 

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DCHC MPO Seeks Comment on Future Transportation Priorities

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) report, 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 proposed 2045 MTP, which shows the highway, bus transit, rail transit and other transportation projects to be implemented over the next 30 years, and presents the official demographic forecasts and regional travel model. Visit the DCHC MPO website and provide comments directly by email by Feb. 9.  More 

Demo Day to Celebrate Innovation Partnership Program

New ideas and technology are percolating inside Durham City Hall and residents are invited to meet the local startup companies that made it happen during an event next month. On Feb. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, the four 2017 cohort participants in the City's new Innovate Durham program will share presentations about their company and the work they did in partnership with City departments at the program’s first-ever Demo Day. The event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for residents and other local startups interested in civic technology to see a model for government innovation in action. More

Durham Seeks 2018 Golden Leaf Award Nominees

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

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 1/24/18 - Days of Supply: 173 - 57.4% - 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. There is no work planned for this weekend, but next week Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewer line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Foster Street between Corporation Street and Seminary Avenue will be closed as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Hunt Street will be reduced to one lane between Foster Street and Rigsbee Avenue as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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