City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 12 - March 23, 2018
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Survey Provides a Roadmap To Continued Success

We have heard from you, our residents, through our Annual Resident Satisfaction Survey, about the quality of our services. The overall results paint a great picture. It is up to the City, its administration and employees, Durham County and the Durham Public Schools now to address the survey results honestly with the intent of  enhancing what we do even more. Respondents felt the overall priorities needing the most improvement over the next two years include public schools, street maintenance and police protection, while emergency services, utilities, parks and recreation and police protection received high marks. In the coming weeks, we will try to shine a light on the good things we do and the areas needing improvement as the City, including Council members, develop budgets that address the city's priorities and goals. Look for more in this space.

Participants listen to questions at Thursday's 16th Annual Women's Forum.
16th Annual Women's Forum
Three successful women discussed forms of discrimination women commonly face last night at the forum celebrating National Women's History Month. From the left are Wendy Jacobs, chair of the Durham Board of County Commissioners, Dana Mangum, executive director of the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Yaba Blay, Ph.D., author and North Carolina Central University professor. Listen to the podcast at

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Good Friday

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Friday, March 30 in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on March 30. There are no changes to curbside recycling or garbage collection schedules. Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items on March 30 will instead occur on April 2. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on March 30. For information about items accepted for curbside collections as well as how to sign up for collection day alerts and reminders for all holiday service changes, visit the department’s webpageMore 

Durham Hosts Carpenter-Fletcher Road Proposed Sidewalk & Bicycle Facilities Meeting  

If you live, work, or travel along Carpenter-Fletcher Road in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting later this month to discuss bicycle and pedestrian designs for this busy roadway. The City's Public Works Department is now preparing designs for bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Carpenter-Fletcher Road from E. Woodcroft Parkway to S. Alston Avenue, and City staff wants to share their work and receive community input. The drop-in style meeting is set for March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Lowe’s Grove Middle School Media Center, 4418 S. Alston Avenue. More 

Durham Hosts Workshop for Continuum of Care Grant Funding

Durham is hosting a free workshop for representatives of organizations interested in applying for grants in the 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Grants Competition. The workshop will be held on April 9 at 2 p.m. at the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, 807 E. Main Street, Building 2, Suite 300. The workshop will review how CoC funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be used to help fund short-term and permanent housing for homeless persons and families, and how to use a secure ZoomGrants website to submit required qualifying documents to the City’s Community Development Department. More 

Free Small Business Training on Finding Opportunities for Contracts and Procurement Set

Where's the work? Representatives from the City and the Institute of Minority Economic Development will demonstrate how to navigate multiple information platforms to discover contract and procurement opportunities on March 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the North Durham Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. Attendees will also discover strategies for building sustainable partnerships and an understanding of recent market trends as well as receive information on how to participate in Business Opportunities and Technical Assistance Programs available to small business owners.  More 

Durham Selects New Downtown Parking Garage Public Art Team

The under-construction Downtown Mixed-Use Parking Garage will have new public art on display when it opens in Jan. 2019 now that the artist team has been selected. The City's General Services Department, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Transportation Department, Public Art Committee, and Artist Selection Committee have chosen Blane de St. Croix, Lara Kaufman, and Samuel Brissette as the artist team to design and install public art for the new garage. Their selection is from a pool of 81 qualified applicants from across the United States responding to a national call for qualifications. The new parking garage is located at the intersections of Morgan Street, Mangum Street, and Rigsbee Avenue, and the goal of this public art installation is to facilitate an interactive, engaging artistic experience at one of the gateways into downtown Durham. More 

Input Sought for Ellerbee Stormwater Restoration Project

Residents who want to comment on the proposed concept plan for the South Ellerbee Stormwater Restoration Project should mark their calendars now for a public information session next month. The session will be held on April 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street. Free parking is available in the visitor’s lot on the corner of East Main and Dillard streets. More 

Durham Public Art Committee Now Accepting Applications

If you have a love of art and want to contribute to public art works coming to Durham, this committee could be just the right fit for you. The Durham Cultural Advisory Board’s Public Art Committee is now accepting online applications until April 9. The Public Art Committee advises the Cultural Advisory Board on commissioned public art works and works offered for donation to the City of Durham. More 

Community Resource Unit to Host Annual Safety Workshop April 28  

The Durham Police Department Community Resource Unit (CRU) is holding its annual safety workshop on  April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan Street. Session topics will include: Police 2 Citizen (P2C), Telephone Response Unit (TRU), Community Crime Map, Bike and Pedestrian Safety, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and Police Body Worn Cameras The registration deadline is April 23.  More 

Gimme A Brake (Light)

Let Duke students help you fix your tail lights! State law requires two working brake lights at all times. This leads to police interaction during traffic stops that can lead to a search. Come out and get your tail lights fixed by Duke Law and graduate students. The effort is sponsored by the Duke Black Graduate and Professional Students Association and the Duke Law ACLU. The event will take place on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Advanced Auto parking lot at 2206 N. Roxboro Street.
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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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Professional Development Scholarships for Cultural Arts Organizations Available

Non-profit cultural arts representatives interested in attending professional development training should apply now for a City of Durham scholarship. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Cultural Advisory Board are seeking applications for the second round of its Cultural Arts Capacity Building Grants Program, which funds scholarships for Durham arts and cultural organization representatives to attend professional development training. The application deadline is April 13.  More 

Police to Serve Up Summer Fun for Youth

The Durham Police Department is accepting applications for its 2018 summer camps for youth ages 9 to 13. Campers will take daily field trips, and engage in recreational, educational and social activities with police officers and other campers. Hosted by school resource officers of the department’s Community Services Division, the program aims to add structured youth activities to the summer months and to strengthen law enforcement's relationship with participating youth and their families. Camp registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The enrollment deadline is May 1. More

Parks and Recreation Notes

Vendors Sought for Bimbé

Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers and vendors (food and non-food) for both the Earth Day and Bimbé Cultural Arts Festivals. The volunteer and vendor applications will be available on-line. Visit to apply. Both the Earth Day festival, April 22 from noon – 5 p.m., and the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, May 19 from noon – 8 p.m., are free and open to the public. For details, visit or call 919-560-4355.
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 3/21/18 - Days of Supply: 273 - Reservoir Status: 100% - 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, Foster Street will be reduced to one lane as sewer 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. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Liggett Street between Corporation Street and Fernway Avenue 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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