City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 8 - February 23, 2018

Durham Wins Grant to Test Ways to Reduce Downtown Traffic Congestion

Travelers to downtown Durham may soon see improvements in traffic congestion and parking woes thanks to a grant to pilot new approaches to encourage people to try alternative modes of transportation. The City of Durham is one of 35 Champion Cities selected for the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Durham is one of 35 urban innovators that rose to the top of a competitive pool of more than 320 applications.  More 

N.C. 147 traffic through downtown Durham
Durham awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to study ways to improve traffic congestion.

Durham Hosts Women's Forum March 22

Three successful women will discuss various forms of discrimination that women commonly face and the resilience of women to thrive in spite of such inequities at the 16th Annual Women's Forum in honor of National Women's History Month. The forum will be held March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. The three panelists include Dana Mangum, executive director of the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Yaba Blay, Ph.D., author and North Carolina Central University professor, and Wendy Jacobs, chair of the Durham Board of County Commissioners.  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 tomorrow's rescheduled City of Durham event. The E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding event will be 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

City Hosts Human Relations Advocacy Awards April 4

The City of Durham Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations of residents who have distinguished themselves by honoring the spirit of leadership in Durham. In honor of National Fair Housing Month, the Human Relations Commission and the Human Relations Division of the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department are hosting the 2018 Human Relations Advocacy Awards April 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street. Nominations are sought by March 5. The ceremony is free and open to the public.  More 

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Women who are fighting discrimination against women. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with James Davis Jr., human relations manager for the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, and Dana Mangum, executive director for the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to find out why this is such an important issue in Durham that it's the focus of the 16th annual Women's Forum. Watch the show.

Community Nominations Sought for Police Service Awards

The Durham Police Department (DPD) welcomes nominations from the community for two of its Service Awards that recognize commendable law enforcement and public safety service.  Eligible nominees include DPD employees (officers and non-sworn personnel) as well as residents, organizations, DPD volunteers, and programs. Nominations are accepted for the Certificate of Merit that is presented to DPD employees for outstanding performance or devotion to duty, possibly involving personal safety, and the Community Service Medal for DPD employees or residents, community groups, civic organizations or programs for service to the community. The deadline for nominations is March 8.  More 

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

New Development Services Website Provides ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Convenience

Remodeling your home or building a new one can be stressful. But here in Durham, staff are working to make it easier for you (and your certified contractor) to do it right. Whether constructing a deck, fixing your bathroom, or building a new home, there is now a one-stop-shop website providing an improved and better coordinated development review process. Check out this new user-friendly and mobile-friendly website that consolidates development-related information into a single location while also providing access to new services such as a searchable knowledge base, help desk customer request tracker, and more.
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 2/22/2018 - Days of Supply: 276 - Reservoir Status: 99.7% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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West Main Street Closure Delayed Until Feb. 26

Due to construction-related delays, the City's Department of Water Management is postponing the closure of West Main Street between N. Buchanan Boulevard and Broad Street to Feb. 26, weather permitting. The street is expected to remain closed for at least a week while the City’s contractor makes necessary repairs. Traffic detour signage will be posted in the area throughout this required closure. More 

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. 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster Street and N. 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

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