City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 16 - May 4, 2018

City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials to Begin Work

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel and Durham County Commission Chair Wendy Jacobs have announced that membership on the City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials is complete, and the committee is prepared to begin its work. Co-chairing the 12-member committee will be Charmaine McKissick-Melton and Robin Kirk, chosen jointly by Schewel and Jacobs. More  

Police Chief Cerelyn Davis presents Tara Stevenson with a junior officer badge.
Memorable Moment for Mothers
On the occasion of her mother’s promotion to police corporal, Tara, (daughter of Durham police officer Cpl. M. Stevenson) is presented a Junior Officer badge by Chief Cerelyn Davis. Cpl. Stevenson’s mother, Mary, (also pictured) was among hundreds of attendees at the police department’s promotion ceremony on Monday at the Durham Convention Center. The keynote speaker for the program was Duke University Vice President of Durham & Regional Affairs Phail Wynn Jr., Ph.D.

City Offers Free Small Business Training on Responding to Project Proposals

Looking to find out about upcoming project opportunities, and how to effectively respond to a request for a proposal? A free small business training is set for tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. at the Stanford L. Warren Library at 1201 Fayetteville Street. Michael McKoy from The Institute will discuss the components of a proposal, how to assess requirements, response tactics, and the criteria selection committees evaluate. Participants are asked to pre-register by contacting Eric Miller by email or call 919-560-4180, ext. 17241.  More

Durham Peace Officers Memorial Service

The annual Durham Peace Officers Memorial Service was held this morning at Grey Stone Church. North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Morgan was the keynote speaker. The service, hosted by the Durham County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #2, is held to remember law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and to honor their families. The service also pays tribute to current and retired law enforcement officers. Officers from several Durham law enforcement agencies participated in the program.                   


DPD Youth Summer Camp Enrollment Deadline Is 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

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. April appointments included Joshua Gunn, Zena K Howard, Tom Jaynes, Cynthia M. Penn-Halal and Rachel S. Wexler of the Durham Cultural Advisory Board; Stephanie Diane Ford, Cynthia R. Greenlee, Barbara Lau, Deondra Rose and Elizabeth B. Sappenfield of the City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials. 


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Now that the majority of Durham’s City Council Members are serving their first six months in office, we wanted to make sure you have a chance to really get to know them. That’s why in the next two CityLife episodes, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with all of the new members starting with Council Members Javiera Caballero and Mark-Anthony Middleton. Find out how they’re hoping to make Durham a better place for everyone in the first of this two-part series
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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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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 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 at 102 W. Main Street. The submission deadline is today. 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. The festival is on May 19 from noon – 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For details, visit DPRPlayMore.org or call 919-560-4355.
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/3/18 - Days of Supply: 262 - Reservoir Status : 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit durhamnc.gov

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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, 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 and N. Duke streets 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 Foster Street between Corporation and W. Morgan streets as water services are connected to the new water line. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Residents and business owners on Hunt Street between Mangum Street and Rigsbee Avenue may be contacted about testing for sanitary sewer connections. 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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