City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 28 - August 3, 2018
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Thank You To All The Interns We Have Gotten To Know This Summer

City and County of Durham governments took on a youthful look over the summer as hundreds of interns got an opportunity to learn about public service and a taste of what the working world will be like. Claire Morgan is a Public Administration graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a management intern in the City Manager's Office this summer and a valuable asset. "I didn't expect to do all that I have had the chance to do," she said of her summer experience. "I have really gotten excited about a lot of aspects of the work I've done here." Management interns worked with the City Manager's Office, the Mayor's and City Council Office, the Budget and Management Services Office and the Innovation Team among other offices. Also, nearly 200 interns worked with the City and County through the Durham YouthWork Internship Program. It was a great opportunity for the 14-24 year-olds to gain experience and develop work skills that will prove valuable in the future. The City of Durham would like to thank all of those who have brought such excitement to the many projects we had for them this summer. We hope to see you again next year or after you complete your education and prepare to launch your career.

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Congratulations to our Finance Department on winning two awards for their financial accountability and reporting to our residents, which makes Durham one of only five NC cities to hold both major awards from the Government Finance Officers Association. Our team won their 14th consecutive Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for their Citizens' Financial Report, and their 33rd consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This second award is the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting & financial reporting! Read both reports now on the website.

Durham Receives $125,000 CHAMPS Grant to Combat Childhood Hunger

Under the leadership of Mayor Steve Schewel, the City of Durham is one of six cities that will be expanding its fight against childhood hunger thanks the recent award of a CHAMPS grant. The National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Center has awarded the City a $125,000 grant and 18-months of technical assistance to help expand afterschool and summer meals programs to reduce the food insecurity many local families face.  More 

Durham Seeks Emergency Solutions Grant Applicants

The City's Community Development Department invites organizations to apply for $163,282 in Emergency Solutions Grant funds. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently informed the department that the Durham Continuum of Care was eligible to apply for up to $97,969 to fund operating costs of emergency shelters and street outreach activities, and at least $65,313 to rapidly re-house people who are currently homeless and targeted homeless prevention. Eligible applicants must be private nonprofit organizations or units of local government. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.  More

Durham Begins Construction Project to Stabilize Carpenter Fletcher Road

A nearly week-long construction project has begun 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

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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The City is working to increase economic opportunities for residents who have been involved with the Justice System. In this new CityLife episode, Host 
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SmART Art Banner Dedication Set

The SmART Corcoran Art Banner installation is complete and the dedication and ribbon cutting event is set for  Aug. 15 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 pm. Guests will include Mayor Steve Schewel, former Mayor Bill Bell, representatives of the North Carolina Arts Council, artist Olalekan Jeyifous, legislators, and vendors.

DPAC Announces Special Autism-Friendly Performance of The Broadway Musical Elf

The Durham Performing Arts Center has announced its second autism-friendly performance since 2016 with Elf: The Broadway Musical  on December 8 at 10 a.m. In an effort to allow all families in the Triangle to enjoy the magic of live theater, this special autism-friendly performance will be presented in a tolerant and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum or other sensitivity issues with their loved ones. Tickets start at $28.50 (+ taxes & ticket fees) and go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.  More 

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 

PetSafe® Dog Park – located at Duke Park

With the help of PetSafe® and the Durham Parks Foundation, Durham has a new dog park. The PetSafe® Dog Park is located in the north-west section of Duke Park, 1608 Acadia Street. The dog park is a great addition as it provides a great place for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment. There is a sectioned off area for small dogs (less than 30 pounds or less /15 inches or smaller) as well as one for large dogs (30 pounds or more/15 inches or larger). There will be a leash cutting ceremony on Aug. 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 8/2/2018 - Days of Supply: 210 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For informaiton: 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. 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. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Hunt Street between Rigsbee Avenue and Mangum Street as sanitary sewer work continues. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. 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. 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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