City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 22 - June 15, 2018

Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study Public Workshop Set for June 26

If you regularly travel along U.S. Highway 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill, you know how congested it can be every day. To help plan for the future of this busy highway, resident input is now being sought for the Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study. The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization and the N. C. Department of Transportation are co-hosting a public workshop and visioning activity on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepard, 3741 Garrett Road, Durham.  More 

Hillandale Road
Learn about the preferred design to help bicyclists negotiate Hillandale Road at the Monday meeting.

Hillandale Road Bike & Pedestrian Facilities Meeting Moved To New Location

If you live, work, or travel along Hillandale Road in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting next week to review the preferred alternative for bicycle and pedestrian designs for this busy road. The City Public Works Department has prepared the preferred alternative design for bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Hillandale Road from I-85 to NC Highway 147, and staff wants to share their work to date and get resident input. In order to be more accessible for bicyclists, the drop-in style meeting has been moved to the E.K. Powe Elementary School Media Center at 913 9th Street. While the meeting date remains on June 18, the meeting time has also changed to 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to school constraints. More 

Durham Seeks Input on Zoning Changes to Expand Housing Choices

Fast-paced population growth, limited availability of developable tracts, and a renewed preference for in-town living has led to a housing availability and affordability challenge for Durham. To address this issue, the Durham City-County Planning Department is seeking input on changes that are needed to Durham’s existing zoning rules to help eliminate regulatory barriers and expand housing options. The on-line survey is now available.  More  

Innovate Durham Seeks Entrepreneurs for 2018 Program

Local startups and entrepreneurs looking for a way to develop and test their products and services can soon apply for the 2018 Innovate Durham program. Now in its second year, the Innovate Durham program is partnering with Durham County Government for entrepreneurs to use both local governments as a laboratory to develop, test, and scale innovative ideas. The program will accept applications from today until July 23. More 

Durham Hosts Public Input Meeting on Broad Street Striping Plans

If you live, work, or travel along Broad Street in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting next week to review the proposed striping design plans that will add bicycle lanes to help make this local thoroughfare safer for all roadway users. The N. C. Department of Transportation is preparing to resurface Broad Street between West Main Street and Guess Road, and the City Transportation Department has developed several proposed striping plans that will add bicycle lanes when the road is resurfaced. 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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NNO Registration Ends July 9; Observance is Tuesday, August 7

Registration is underway for Durham’s observance of National Night Out (NNO), America’s Night Out Against Crime, on Aug. 7. Neighborhoods, agencies and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a NNO event or promotion. The evening of Aug. 7, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, law enforcement and public safety partners. Neighborhoods typically host events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime campaigns. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the national observance. The Durham Police Department’s NNO registration deadline is July 9. 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. The deadline to apply is Aug. 3   More 

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. The deadline for submissions is June 30.  More

City Manager's Report Takes a Vacation

The City Manager's Report will take a vacation next week, Look for it again June 29.

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 6/14/18 - Days of Supply: 222 - 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, Mangum Street will be reduced to one lane between Broadway Street and W. Morgan Street as water line installation begins. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Hunt Street between Rigsbee Avenue and Mangum Street as sanitary sewer work begins. 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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