City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 23 - June 29, 2018

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Independence Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence 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. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City services and programs. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on July 4. Collection for all services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day beginning July 4. Wednesday collections will occur on July 5 and Thursday collections will occur of July 6. Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items on July 6 will instead occur on July 9. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on July 4. 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 

Durham Celebrates July 4th

Parks and Recreation will present its annual July 4th Celebration next Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. with a USA vs. Japan baseball game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The annual fireworks show will follow the game at 9:15 p.m. More
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Emergency Communications Director Randy Beeman

Durham Announces Emergency Communications Center Director

City Manager Tom Bonfield and County Manager Wendell Davis have named Randy R. Beeman as the new director of the Durham Emergency Communications Center. Beeman currently serves as director of Emergency Services for Cumberland County where he is responsible for a 24/7 emergency call center, fire marshal office, and emergency management. In this position since 2012, he develops and manages a $3.2 million budget and supervises 50 employees who provide communication services to county law enforcement, emergency medical services, volunteer fire departments, and police departments. Beeman served as the Hope Mills, N.C., town manager from 2007 to 2012; as town manager for River Bend, N.C., from 2004 to 2007; and as Pamlico county manager from 1999 to 2004. 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 until July 23. More
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It’s a summer of change for Durham’s Fire Department. The City and fire districts in the county are merging, and the City’s Chief of five years is retiring. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Fire Chief Dan Curia to find out what’s in store for him next and what all these changes may mean for you.
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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 Aug. 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 

Durty Bull Brewing Company Achieves STAR Status for Water Pollution Prevention

One of Durham’s newest breweries has received recognition for setting an example of environmental stewardship for water pollution prevention. The Stormwater and GIS Services Division of the Public Works Department has recognized Durty Bull Brewing Company for completing a year-long program to become certified as a Stormwater STAR business. The Stormwater STAR recognition program began in 2014 as a way for businesses to show off the good things they are doing to protect creeks, rivers, and lakes in Durham. 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

Parks and Recreation Notes

Residents Invited to Discover Everything Parks and Recreation Has to Offer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening in Durham. This July, Parks and Recreation (DPR) along with the National Recreation and Park Association and a host of agencies across the nation invite residents to explore A Lifetime of Discovery in observation of Park and Recreation Month. Playgrounds, recreation centers, sports, and summer camps are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of parks and recreation but it is so much more than that. This month, DPR would like for residents to discover all the ways parks and recreation can improve their quality of life, through innovative health and wellness activities, cultural events, community celebrations, outdoor education and more. More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 6/26/2018 - Days of Supply: 203 - Reservoir Status: 96.8% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. - For information: visit

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American Tobacco District Waterline Replacement Project Update

The Department of Water Management will continue underground investigations July 2, as part of the study and design phase of the American Tobacco District Waterline Replacement Project. Test holes help identify existing underground utilities and determine soil properties ahead of construction work. This work is expected to take three to four weeks to complete. Please note, the City is aware of holidays and special events in the area, and lane closures will not occur during those times. Disruption of existing utilities is not anticipated during investigation activities. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website

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 or on Wednesday, July 4. Next week, Mangum Street will be reduced to one lane between Broadway  and West Morgan streets as water line installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer 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. Northwood Circle will be reduced to one lane between Madison and North streets as sanitary sewer line installation begins. 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. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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