City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 17 - May 11, 2018

Police Department 2018 1st Quarter Report Shows Crime Decreases

Reported violent crime and property crime in Durham dropped significantly during the first three months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, according to statistics provided by the Durham Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit. Crime was down in six out of seven Part 1 crime categories. “We are pleased that our crime numbers are trending in the right direction,” said Police Chief C.J. Davis. “While there is still much work ahead of us, I am proud of the hard work being done by our employees every day.  Partnering with our residents is essential in enhancing the quality of life for all Durham communities.” Part 1 violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) dropped 41 percent from 596 reported during the first quarter of 2017 to 350 reported during the first three months of 2018.  More 

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Durham’s 2017 Water Quality Report Now Available

The City of Durham’s Williams Water Treatment Plant, above, celebrated its 100th birthday with a major makeover, planned in part to ensure the historic plant continues to provide consistent, high-quality drinking water to customers in Durham for many decades to come. This and other achievements are highlighted in the just-released 2017 water quality report, “Refreshing Our Water Infrastructure.” The report, produced by the City’s Water Management Department and required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is now available onlineMore 

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 Hosts 3rd Annual Tire Recycling Drive June 2

Have old or unused tires lying around your home? Now is the time to get rid of them at no cost. Durham residents are encouraged to dispose of old tires at the City's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, 2115 E. Club Blvd., on June 2 from 8 a.m. until noon. Tire disposal is free and open to the public. The Durham Tire Recycling Drive is a City-County collaborative effort to encourage environmentally responsible tire disposal and to prevent mosquito breeding and the potential diseases they can carry. More 

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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

Parks and Recreation Notes

49th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Set For May 19

The 2018 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation, will be held May 19 from noon to 8 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive, The National Award Winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is one of the oldest cultural festivals and celebrations of music, art and dance in North Carolina. The festival will begin with a tribute to the elders (residents ages 55 or better) by the  African American Dance Ensemble, founded by the late Chuck Davis.  More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/9/2018 - Days of supply: 262 - 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, Seminary Avenue will be closed as water line installation begins. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 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 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Foster Street between Corporation Street and W. Morgan Street as water services are connected to the new water line. 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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