City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 24 - July 6, 2018

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 

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Storm Damage Blocks Part of University Drive

A storm on July 4 brought down a large portion of a tree on University Drive near Forest Hills Park. The road has been closed through today as Urban Forestry employees are working to remove the debris and the remainder of the tree. Traffic is detoured onto W. Forest Hills to Hermitage Circle then to W. Forest Hills again before connecting again with University Drive.

New Durham Bike & Hike Map Now Available

Cyclists and hikers in Durham now have an updated resource in print and online thanks to the just-released 2018 edition of the Durham Bike & Hike Map. Cyclists can use the map to plan commuting and recreational trips since the map shows greenway trails, identifies the suitability of streets for bicycling, and includes useful neighborhood connector routes. The map also provides riding tips and other resources. For hikers, the map highlights popular trails in Durham, and provides information on parks and recreation opportunities. Among the areas highlighted are trails along the Eno River, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Hollow Rock Nature Park, and Little River Regional Park.  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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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

Parks and Recreation Notes

Parks and Rec Is Taking Play On The Road

Durham Parks and Recreation is taking play on the road with its Annual Fun Caravan, a mobile recreation program equipped with a host of fun activities for children ages 12 and under. The caravan engages participants in a series of fun, active and enlightening activities in Durham parks.  More 

Weather Info At Durham Lakes

Did you know the Durham Parks and Recreation lakes are now weather stations on Weather Underground? Before you head out for a day of fishing or boating, check the weather for Lake Michie and Little River.

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 7/1/2018 - Days of Supply: 203 - Reservoir Status: 96.6% - 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 and W. Morgan streets as water line installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer line installation continues. 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 Street and North Street as sanitary sewer line installation begins. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Foster Street between Corporation Street and W. Morgan Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Residents and business owners on Hunt Street, Corporation Street, and Northwood Circle may be contacted about testing for sanitary sewer connections. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.
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