City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 13 - April 6, 2018
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Emergency Services Highly Rated By Durham Residents

Few things can influence how you feel about where you live more than safety. Can you reach 911 when you need help? Do fire, police and Emergency Medical Services arrive quickly and have the expertise that is needed? The 2017 Resident Satisfaction Survey sought out resident opinions as we work to improve on the City's Strategic Plan goal of providing a "Safe & Secure Community." Among the best survey responses were City emergency services with 79 percent of respondents pleased with the overall quality of fire services and 72 percent pleased with the quality of EMS services. The survey shows that 82 percent of respondents overall feel "very safe" or "safe." City and County governments are working on strategies aimed at continued improvement of these services, with the goal of residents feeling confident that when they need assistance from Emergency Communications, Police, Fire and EMS, they will receive fast, caring and responsive assistance. Check out all of the survey results.

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City Honors Its Own
It is always a special day for the City of Durham when we get to honor our own. Last week we recognized retirees and those who have reached service milestones. More than 60 employees retired during the past year, while nearly 300 employees were honored for service milestones.

Durham Youth Commission Seeks Applicants

Durham youth who want a voice in their local government are invited to apply to serve on the Durham Youth Commission. Interested youth are encouraged to download an application and apply to serve a one-year term on the 2018-2019 commission, which consists of 30 members from grades 9-12 chosen by a selection committee. Durham Youth Commission members commit to a one-year term of service; serve on boards and committees as appointed and attend all meetings of those boards and committees; complete 40 hours of community service during their term of service; as well as attend and actively participate in all meetings, service projects, and special events sponsored by the commission. The deadline to apply is April 30. More 

Durham Announces Human Relations Advocacy Award Winners

The Human Relations Commission recognized four award winners who have distinguished themselves by contributing their time and talents to honoring the spirit of servant leadership in Durham. In honor of National Fair Housing Month, the Human Relations Commission and the Human Relations Division of the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Department hosted the 2018 Human Relations Advocacy Awards on  April 4. The honorees this year incuded Serena Sebring of Southerners on New Ground for the Carlie B. Sessoms Award, Bull City 150 for the Fair Housing Advocacy Award, Congressman G.K. Butterfield for the Human Rights and Advocacy Award, and iNSIDEoUT180 for the Norris Wicker Youth Human Rights and Advocacy Award.  More

Durham Offers Grants for Businesses Installing Public Art from Local Artists

Local businesses interested in hiring a Durham artist for public art installations on their properties should apply now for a new City of Durham grant program. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Cultural Advisory Board are seeking applications for the Public Art for Business Grants Program, which funds Durham businesses to commission an artist who lives or works in Durham County to create a publicly visible work of art for their business location, including performance or participatory art. The program will provide matching reimbursable grants up to $1,500 to be awarded through a competitive application process governed by the Cultural Advisory Board. Grant awardees must provide a minimum one-to-one match and completed applications must be submitted by May 11. More

Golden Leaf Awards

Who will be selected as having the best Durham property? Join the City and Durham County to find out at the 2018 Durham Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Visit the website.

Fleet Management Named A Leading Fleet for 2018

Congratulations to the City's Fleet Management Department for being named a Leading Fleet for 2018 by Government Fleet magazine. 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 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 

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 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 

Durham Seeks Public Art Submissions for Black Wall Street Gardens

Local and regional artists are now invited to apply for a new public art project to be displayed in the newly renovated Black Wall Street Gardens in downtown Durham. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in collaboration with the City’s General Services Department and the Durham Cultural Advisory Board’s Public Art Committee, invite qualified North Carolina artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design, fabricate, and install public art in the newly renovated gardens, a greenspace located at 102 W. Main Street.  The submission deadline is May 4. 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

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Watch a New City Life: Ensuring Downtown Durham Growth Is Equitable
While most people would agree that downtown Durham’s revitalization is a good thing, it also requires focused attention to make sure that all of the growth happens in a very deliberate and measured way. In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Downtown Durham Inc. President and CEO Nicole Thompson to find out how she and her organization are taking the lead on steering all of this change in a positive and equitable direction.
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Learn About the “3 P’s” As DurhamWorks Goes Behind the Scenes at Water Facility
Ever wondered what happens to what you flush down the toilet? (Advisory: There should only be three things … all beginning with the letter "P".) Or about the fate of the tons of garbage that we throw away every day? The City’s new Public Affairs show, DurhamWorks, puts a humorous twist on answers to questions like these, while introducing you to City employees who work hard every day to serve our residents. In this first episode, Marvin Urias, a Water Management plant maintenance mechanic, takes host and local comedienne Deb Aronin behind the scenes at a local water reclamation facility to show her what it takes to keep Durham’s water safe and clean. Hint: You may never think of corn in the same way again after watching this!
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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 

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. March appointments included Nana Asante-Smith, Nida Allam, Ashley Canady, Gloria De Los Santos, Mina Ezikpe, Megan A. McCurley, Dolly Reaves, Amie Koch, and Rebekah A. Miel for the Durham Cultural Advisory Board. Sean Mason joins the Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and Sammy F. Banawan was named to the Citizens Advisory Committee.

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

Vote To Support Your Favorite Durham Park This Earth Month

For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company — including Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC 11 Eyewitness News, and ESPN — to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign, including a park right here in Durham. Through the “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign, an initiative that gives back to places that shape so much of our lives, one of three local parks will receive a $20,000 grant and Durham residents get to choose which one.  More 

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.
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Conservation At Work and Home

Durham Joins 7th Annual Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

 April is Earth Month, and water is our planet’s most precious natural resource. Throughout the month, Durham residents are invited to join Mayor Steve Schewel and help the City win the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The mayor and the City’s Department of Water Management encourage local residents to visit the water pledge website now through April 30, and commit to making simple water-conserving practices, such as turning off the faucet while brushing teeth, shaving, and doing dishes. 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, Foster Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Fernway Avenue will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Seminary Avenue will be closed as sewer line installation begins. 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. 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.

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