City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 5 - February 2, 2018
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Durham Mayor Presents State of the City Address
Mayor Steve will present his first State of the City Address on Monday at 7 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The annual address recounts the City's achievements and challenges throughout the previous year and outlines the mayor's goals for the coming year. The address will be televised live beginning at 7 p.m. on the
Durham Television Network and streamed on the City's website. More 

Police Department To Hold Academy Graduation Tonight

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

Make Durham A Healthier Community

The  Partnership for a Healthy Durham is working to address top priorities to make Durham a healthier community. A survey is now available for residents to select what they consider the top health priorities for 2018-2021 and share how they want these priorities to be addressed. The survey is available in English  and Spanish. More 

Durham Continuum of Care Providers Win HUD Funding

Durham projects serving the needs of people without homes have received nearly $1.3 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The competitively awarded grants will help fund permanent housing for homeless persons and families, short-term rental subsidies, and Durham’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is a common database of the confidential records of Durham’s homeless people. Included in the total also is a Durham CoC Planning Project grant of $42,995 that is used by the Community Development Department to improve the ability to measure and evaluate Durham's progress toward meeting the federal government goals of reducing and ending homelessness. More

Durham Sets Final Joint Community Conversation with Local Elected Officials

Durham residents will have one more chance to engage with their local City and County elected officials at next week's Community Conversation. The final session will be Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Brogden Middle School 1001 Leon Street. During these discussions, residents have been 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.  More

Durham Begins Project to Close Sidewalk Gaps

New sidewalk construction has begun 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 

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

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For the first time in 16 years, a new mayor is leading the way in Durham. In this new
CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Mayor Steve Schewel to talk about his vision for the Bull City and why it seems like he’s been preparing for this job for most of his life. Watch the show.

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 1/31/18 - Days of Supply: 226 - Reservoir Status: 80.8% - 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 busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement Project. No work is planned for 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. 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 tis project can be found on the website.

Additional Downtown Sewer Line Cleaning Scheduled for Feb. 9

The City's Department of Water Management is preparing more cleaning and CCTV inspections of sanitary sewer lines along sections of Rigsbee Avenue, Seminary Avenue, and Foster Street (near the new downtown parking garage construction site). This is in response to a backup that occurred in early January. This work is scheduled for overnight hours to minimize traffic disruptions. We expect to begin at 1 a.m. on Feb. 9 and work for approximately four hours. If the cleaning cannot be completed in this time frame, we will repeat the process Feb. 12 beginning at 1 a.m.

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