City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 15 - April 27, 2018

Final Weekend To Apply For Durham Youth Commission

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

Mixed-Use Parking Garage

Parking Garage On The Rise

The $23 million mixed-use parking garage continues to rise at the corner of Mangum and Morgan streets. The project set for completion in early 2019 will include 667 parking spaces with more than 15,000 square feet of commercial/retail space. The garage will also house the offices for City parking administration. More 

DPD Youth Summer Camp Enrollment Deadline Extended to May 18

The Durham Police Department has extended the deadline to accept applications for its 2018 Summer Camp. Open to youth ages 9 to 13, the camp features daily field trips, and a variety of recreational, educational and social activities that create positive and fun interactions among police officers and 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.  More

GoDurham Named N.C. Transit System Of The Year

Congratulations to GoDurham for being named the North Carolina Public Transportation Association Transit System of the Year. The system was honored for it's "tireless efforts to improve public transportation in North Carolina." The award was presented at the association's annual meeting in this week in Wilmington.

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 for a new City of Durham grant program. The 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

Durham Seeks Public Art Submissions for Black Wall Street Gardens

Local and regional artists are 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
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Watch a New CityLife: 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 CityLife 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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Community Resource Unit to Host Annual Safety Workshop Tomorrow 

The Durham Police Department Community Resource Unit (CRU) is holding its annual safety workshop tomorrow 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.  More

Parks and Recreation Notes

Vendors Sought for Bimbé

Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers and vendors (food and non-food) for the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival presented by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of N.C. in partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation. The volunteer and vendor applications are available on-line. Visit to apply. The festival is on May 19 from noon – 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For details, visit or call 919-560-4355.

Conservation At Work and Home

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 4/25/2018 - Days of Supply: 276 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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 finishes. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Seminary Avenue will be closed as sewer line installation continues. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. 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. 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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