City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 18 - May 18, 2018
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Developing A Proposed Budget Is A total Team Effort For The City

As a former athlete and parent of former athletes, I know a lot about the teamwork required for success. Building a city budget isn't a sport, but it requires the effort of many people with a mutual goal. Developing a budget for the City of Durham is a culmination of months of work and the collaboration of the City administration, the Budget and Management Services Department and everyone who works hard every day to serve Durham residents, businesses and visitors. Listening is an important part of the job. We held three City/County and Durham Public School Community Conversations and Council budget retreats to get the process started. Now we are ready to present the Council with our proposed budget on Monday night for deliberation over the coming month. The budget presentation can be viewed live on Time Warner Cable Channel 8, the City’s Facebook page or on the City’s website. We will also be tweeting key points throughout the speech. There will also be a public hearing on June 4. I look forward to presenting the 2018-2019 proposed budget and I thank the many people who have been involved in its development. A link to the proposed budget will be posted to the Budget and Management Services web page by Tuesday.

The Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival

49th Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Set For Tomorrow

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 tomorrow from noon to 8 p.m. at the Durham County Stadium parking lot. The event has been moved due to wet conditions at Rock Quarry Park, 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 

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on May 28. Collection for all services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the entire week. Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items on June 1 will instead occur on June 4. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on May 28. For information about items accepted for curbside collections as well as how to sign up for collection day alerts and reminders for holiday service changes, visit the department’s webpage. More.

DPD Youth Summer Camp Enrollment Deadline Is Today

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

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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 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 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/17/18 - Days of Supply: 247 - 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 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 North Duke streets as water services are connected to the new water line. 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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