City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 9 - March 2, 2018

New LED Lighting Coming to the Chapel Hill Street Parking Garage Next Week

Visitors using the City's Chapel Hill Street Parking Garage will soon experience a brighter environment thanks to a lighting upgrade project beginning next week. The Chapel Hill Street Parking Garage is the last of the City’s parking facilities to be upgraded to LED lighting, and overnight work will begin on Monday beginning at 7 p.m. Work is planned to continue over four nights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The garage will remain open during this project, and visitors are asked to be mindful of this construction work when parking in the garage at night throughout the duration of this project. More 

Mayor Steve Schewel thanks volunteers at today's Arbor Day observance

Arbor Day Observance

Each year, Keep Durham Beautiful and the City of Durham join together to plant trees in celebration of Arbor Day. This morning, Mayor Steve Schewel, speaking above, and others were on hand at Central Park to see forestry technology demonstrations, visit food trucks, and, of course, plant trees!  Thanks to our partners: TreesDurham, Leaf & Limb, Durham Downtown Rotary Club, the City of Durham Urban Forestry Division, and Durham Central Park, Inc.

Durham Seeks People’s Choice Votes for 2018 Golden Leaf Awards

Durham residents are invited to vote for the properties they like the best for the 2018 Golden Leaf Awards. The Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking voters for the People’s Choice Award to be presented at the 2018 Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony in April. Homeowners, building owners, architects, landscape architects, developers, realtors and anyone involved in design, planning, and construction in Durham have entered projects completed within the last five years for this year’s competition. Residents can now choose their favorite project by visiting the Golden Leaf Awards website to review all of the nominated properties and casting their vote. The voting period for the People’s Choice Award is open until March 16. More 

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 

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.
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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 

Police Athletic League Basketball Season Underway

Durham’s Police Athletic League (PAL) basketball season is underway as 21 teams continue play on Saturdays through the end of this month at Holt Athletic Association, 117 Milton Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty-six Durham Police employees are volunteering their time to serve as coaches and support staff for youth.

NCDOT Services Survey

Interested in sharing your opinions with the N.C. Department of Transportation regarding services in North Carolina? Take their annual customer service survey by March 31. 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

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Durham Boards, Committees and Commissions                          

The City of Durham has 26 boards, committees and commissions with members appointed by the Durham City Council. To see the latest openings and apply for consideration, visit the website February appointments included Carmen Williams to the Durham Planning Commission and Casey Collins to the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board.
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 3/1/18 - Days of Supply: 267 - Reservoir Status: 100% - 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 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. 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. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. 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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