City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 6 - February 9, 2018
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Elected Officials from City & County Listen and Learn at Community Conversations

Thank you to all the residents who came out for our first Community Conversations sessions. The three focused meetings allowed residents to come together and talk with elected officials from the City, County and Durham Public Schools. Each of the three sessions focused on specific topics like public safety, affordable housing, transit, and economic development. We felt that we accomplished the goal for the sessions of allowing residents to dive deep on a topic and provide ideas and solutions to community issues. There were a lot of terrific ideas shared that will inform our refresh of the strategic plan and our budget process. We can’t thank the residents who came out enough and I especially want to thank the staff at Durham County and Durham Public Schools who made this event possible and were willing to try something new with engagement. Thanks again for your interest and look for more information as we work to compile all the feedback collected at the three sessions.

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Community Conversations
Residents gathered at the Durham Convention Center for one of three Community Conversations sessions with staff from the City, County and Durham Public Schools.

State of the City Address

Mayor Steve Schewel is looking ahead to his first full year in office with an ambitious agenda. On Monday he outlined what he believes it will take to become a progressive beacon for the south and and the nation during his first State of the City Address. Read the text of the Mayor's speech  or watch the speech.  

YouthWork Internship Program Seeking Applicants

Durham youth, ages 14-24, who want to explore a career, earn money, and gain valuable work experience can apply for the 2018 Durham Youthwork Internship Program. Approximately 150 paid summer internship opportunities are available with numerous City departments, Durham Technical Community College, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina Central University, local businesses and non-profit organizations. A Job Expo is set for March 3 and applications will be accepted until March 18. 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

Fare-Free Bus Service Benefiting Durham Students

GoDurham began a new fare-free service for Durham Public School and home school students in January, and more than 5,000 trips have led to a 73 percent increase among that population, Durham Transportation officials said. The fare-free service was recommended by the City Council last fall and began in January. The free rides are available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. Riders are using the service to get to school, home and to work.

Transportation Department Debuts New Project Info Web Feature

Curious about Durham’s sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads? The City of Durham is currently working on many transportation projects across Durham. Some of these projects will repair or expand our local road system, while others improve safety and connectivity for bicycles and pedestrians. Visit the Transportation Department’s Current Projects page for details and monthly updates about all the projects currently underway.

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Bull City Today

Bull City Today is a daily video news show tailored for social media users and mobile devices. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to get City news every day.

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.

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 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 2/8/2018 - Days of Supply: 260 - Reservoir Status: 92.7% - 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. Please note – our contractor has received a Noise Exception Permit to allow work on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The contractor is planning on working these hours, weather permitting. 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. 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. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website

Stay Informed with the City's Durham Information Network

Durham Information Network represents the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Included under this umbrella are all of the primary platforms used by the City to provide information and engage residents. Visit the Durham Information Network webpage for quick access to all of our communication tools including existing social media platforms, Durham Television Network programming, the City Manager’s Report, and the Citizens’ Newsletter.
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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service via telephone at 919-560-1200 and in person at the City Hall lobby desk.  Durham One Call is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week via the City’s One Call App or the website. Durham One Call is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience on behalf of the City.
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