City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 20 - June 1, 2018

Public Hearing On 2018-19 Budget Set For Monday

The City will hold a public hearing on Monday for input on the 2018-19 preliminary budget. City Manager Tom Bonfield's preliminary budget calls for no changes to the city's current tax rate of 57.86 cents per $100 of assessed value. The proposed tax rate generates a tax bill of about $1,048 per year, or about $87.33 per month on a house valued at the median house value of $181,104, the median house value for Durham according to the Durham County Office of Tax Administration. The total preliminary budget is $510.4 million dollars, a 15.9 percent increase from last year. It includes a $201.1 million budget for services covered by the general fund, a 5.8 percent increase from last year.

2018 Special Olympics Torch Run

Police Employees and Partners Pick up The Torch

Durham Parks and Recreation patron and Special Olympian Matthew Rush chats with members of the Selective Enforcement Team (SET) before the Durham Police Department’s annual Torch Run on May 30. Rush, who has been competing and achieving in a variety of Special Olympic sporting events since 2001, hopes to earn Durham more gold medals as he competes in swimming this weekend at the NC Special Olympics Games. So far this year, police employees have raised $2,767.87 to support NC Special Olympics, and more than $50,000 since 2008.  Activities include attendance at Durham County Special Olympics Games at Durham Academy Upper School, Cops on Tops donation drive at Chick-fil-A, and Torch Run apparel sales.  More 

Applicants Sought for 2018 Durham Neighborhood College

City and County employees work hard every day to provide quality services making Durham a great place to live, work, and play. Each organization has developed a strategic plan that provides a firm foundation for an excellent and sustainable quality of life. Residents looking to play a more active role in their neighborhoods and the Durham community will get their chance to learn more about the strategic plans in the 2018 Durham Neighborhood College, a class designed specifically for residents to learn about the organization, operations and services of their local City and County governments. After a two-year hiatus, the award-winning Durham Neighborhood College program will return this fall with an emphasis on showing participants how the strategic plans guide government officials in the development of sound planning and operations. More 

City Seeks Input on Durham Belt Line Trail Master Plan Draft

The draft of the much-anticipated Durham Belt Line Trail Master Plan is now ready and the City is seeking public input. The Durham Belt Line is envisioned to be a greenway and series of parks extending 1.7 miles from downtown Durham, through the Innovation District, Trinity Park, Pearl Mill Village, North Durham and Duke Park neighborhoods, and then east to the Avondale Drive area. The master plan includes policy recommendations that address safety, design of trail-side development, and housing and equity issues. The City’s Transportation Department is asking the public to review the draft master plan at the public open house on June 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Durham Nativity School, 1004 N. Mangum Street. More 

Durham Selects Local Artists for Neighborhood Park Mural Project

Public art is on its way to neighborhood parks and street intersections now that seven local artists have been selected to install murals at five City parks and two traffic signal boxes. The City's General Services Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Durham Cultural Advisory Board’s Public Art Committee have selected artists Sarahlaine Calva, Cornelio Campos, Dare Coulter, Will Dove, and Jermaine Powell to install murals at East End Park, Garrett Road Park, Sherwood Park, Solite Park, and Whipporwill Park. Artists Bethany Bash and Candy Carver have also been selected to install murals on traffic control boxes at the intersection of Anderson, W. Main, and 15th streets as well as the intersection of E. Chapel Hill, Morris, and W. Main streets. More 

Durham Offers Contractors Empowerment Event

The City of Durham will sponsor an Inaugural Contractors Empowerment Event on June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center at 12 Davis Drive. Attendees will get to interact with panelists representing business enhancement categories like administrative support, finance, insurance, bonding, and tax preparation. Attendees are asked to pre-register online.   More   

Durham Hosts 3rd Annual Tire Recycling Drive Tomorrow

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 Boulevard tomorrow 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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The majority of Durham's City Council members are new, fully of energy and ideas. You're probably familiar with their names, but we want you to really get to know them. That's why Host Beverly B. Thompson is sitting down with Council Members DeDreana Freeman and Vernetta Alston in the second of a two-part series on CityLife that introduces you to our newest City Council members.
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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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Parks and Recreation Notes

Rock the Park with Durham Parks and Recreation

This summer, residents can catch a movie and/or groove to music at the Rock the Park Concert and Movie Series sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation. The series is free and open to the public. The concerts are held in various parks from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and the movies will be held at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, from 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The series will officially kick-off on June 9 at Duke Park, 106 W. Knox Street, with Reggae band ReggaeInfinity. More 

Durham Residents Can Make a Splash and Cool Off This Summer

As the temperature rises and the summer approaches, Durham Parks and Recreation will provide places for residents to cool off. The spraygrounds will open tomorrow through the end of September and the outdoor pools will be open on June 8 – August 17. Hillside Pool will remain open to the public on the weekends from August 18 - September 3. More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durhan's water supply status 5/30/2018 - Days of Supply: 227 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

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. 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. Fernway Avenue will be closed as water line installation begins. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. 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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