City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 25 - July 13, 2018
Roadmap to Sustainability

Durham Debuts First-Ever Sustainability Roadmap

The City of Durham now has a roadmap for how it wants to work toward making the Bull City an environmentally, socially, and economically healthy and resilient community now and for future generations. On March 5, Durham City Council adopted the City’s first-ever Sustainability Plan. Since that time, the City’s General Services Department has been working to expand the plan, and is now ready to debut the new Sustainability Roadmap. The Roadmap, located under ‘Reports’ on the department’s Sustainability & Energy webpage broadens the City’s definition of sustainability, laying out seven goals across social, economic, and environmental impact areas.  More

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Online Survey on Durham’s Dockless Bike Share Program Now Open

What do you think about Durham’s dockless bike share program? If you have feedback to share, an online survey is now open to collect your recommendations on the City’s program. Dockless bike share companies have been in operation in Durham since November. More than 50,000 trips have been taken on the approximately 1,400 bikes in circulation. As an early adopter of this type of bike share program, the city has experienced the benefits as well as the challenges of this type of program. As part of the program evaluation, the City’s Transportation Department is asking residents to provide feedback through an online survey, which will be open until Aug. 5. More 

City Hosts Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan Meeting

Durham residents who want to learn about the efforts to improve the Eno River watershed are invited to a public information session later this month. Hosted by the Stormwater and GIS Services divisions of the Public Works Department, the session will be held July 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Durham County North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. The purpose of the meeting is to present priority watershed improvement projects, recommended strategies to improve water quality, and summarize public input.  More

City Recognized For Performance Management Leadership

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has recognized the City of Durham for its data-driven management and reporting efforts. The Certificate of Excellence goes to those who track and report key outcomes, survey residents and government employees and incorporate data into performance dashboards. Durham is among 29 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence. This is the seventh year Durham has been recognized.

DHA Downtown and Neighborhood Planning Workshops Set

The Durham Housing Authority (DHA) recognizes the need to renovate and/or redevelop many of our communities. The authority wants to conduct this work in conjunction with what the City, County, private sector and community partners to determine what residents want to see in their communities. The following meetings have been set to gather input and share information on a comprehensive plan for DHA and City-owned properties. The meetings are set for July 23  at 5 p.m. at North Carolina Central University's Miller-Morgan Auditorium, 500 Nelson Street, Durham, 27707. A second workshop is set for July 24  at 5:30 p.m. at the J.J. Henderson Housing Center community room, 807 S. Duke Street, Durham, 27707.

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

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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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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

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 - 7/10/2018 - Days of Supply: 202 - Reservoir Status: 97.7% - 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, 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. 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. 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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