City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 21 - June 8, 2018

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 

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Play Ball Durham
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel joined some local little leaguers and the Durham Bulls last week to proclaim Durham as a Play Ball City as part of a Major League Baseball and U.S. Conference of Mayors campaign.

City Seeks Proposals for Banner Design Contest

The City of Durham is seeking design proposals for a series of artful banners to adorn the southern facade of the new Downtown Mixed-Use Parking Garage. The new facility, located at the intersections of Mangum Street, Morgan Street and Rigsbee Avenue, is expected to be open to the public in early 2019. This public art opportunity is open to all talented and creative people living or working in the Research Triangle area. Applicants are asked to develop and submit a design proposal for eight artful banners to be displayed on the parking garage currently under construction.  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 

Criminal Record Expunction Seminar Set For Tomorrow

Legal Aid of North Carolina and the City will hold a seminar on criminal record expunction and legal help tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center auditorium at 401 N. Driver Street. A 30-minute seminar will cover record expunctions and drivers license restorations. Following the seminar, attendees can apply for free legal help.

Durham Offers Contractors Empowerment Event

The City of Durham will sponsor an Inaugural Contractors Empowerment Event tomorrow 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

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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 Quarry Park Wins $20,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant  

Durham residents selected Rock Quarry Park as the winner of the national Meet Me at the Park campaign. The park will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC 11 Eyewitness News and ESPN. Rock Quarry Park will soon become a play space designed to encourage all members of the family to play and learn together. Adult fitness and climbing equipment (appropriate for all ages) will be installed. There will also be designated walking areas to connect different amenities within the park.  More

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 tomorrow 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 today through 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 Durham's water supply status 6/06/18 - Days of Supply: 227 - Reservoir Satus: 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. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Fernway Avenue will be closed between N. Duke Street and Fuller Street as water line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. 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. Residents and business owners on Hunt Street between Mangum Street and Rigsbee Avenue may be contacted about testing for sanitary sewer connections. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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