City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 27 - July 27, 2018

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 next week. 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

Corcoran Street Parking Deck

Corcoran Street Parking Deck Art Wrap

Installation of the first major public art work of the Durham SmART Initiative was completed this week. The work is designed by nationally recognized artist Olalekan (LEk) Jeyifous.  More

Community Votes Sought for Art Banner Design Contest

Want to have a say in the next public art project displayed in downtown Durham? Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite banners to soon adorn the City's under-construction Downtown Mixed-Use Parking Garage. With more than 400 votes already submitted, the City is seeking even more community feedback on its Durham Art Banner Design Contest through an online voting process to select the eight banners that will be installed on the new parking garage’s southern facade. The City’s Public Art Committee reviewed 34 design proposals submitted earlier this summer through an open call for all talented and creative people living or working in the Research Triangle area. The top five finalists selected for the contest are Lidia Churakova, Gabriel Eng-Goetz, Lief Gann-Matzen, Madiha Malik, and Jessica Sandford. Each finalist was awarded a $500 honorarium for their submission.  More  

Durham Begins Construction Project to Stabilize Carpenter Fletcher Road

On July 31, a nearly week-long construction project will begin to stabilize a stormwater pipe and roadway on Carpenter Fletcher Road near N.C. Highway 55 in Durham. During this timeframe, Carpenter Fletcher Road between N.C. Highway 55 and Loyal Avenue will be limited to one lane of traffic between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Beginning July 31,  motorists and cyclists should expect delays in this area during this lane closure. Earlier this summer, intense storms damaged the stormwater pipe and road embankment on this section of Carpenter Fletcher Road.  More 


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 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 the online survey, which will be open until Aug. 5. 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 available until Aug. 15.  More

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Parks and Recreation Notes


DPR To Host Annual Latino Festival

Thousands are expected to celebrate the Hispanic culture on Aug 11 as participants enjoy entertainment, activities, and food at the Durham’s Annual Latino Festival sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation. The festival is free and will be held at Rock Quarry Park. 701 Stadium Drive from noon – 5 p.m. The rain location is the Holton Career and Resource Center at 401 N. Driver Street. The festival shares Hispanic traditions and folklore with Durham residents. Participants will enjoy live music, great food, as well as learn about the many health, education and service resources available in Durham. More 

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
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 7/25/18 - Days of Supply: 203 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit durhamnc.gov

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. 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. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between N. Duke and Foster streets as water services are connected to the new water line. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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