City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 29 - August 10, 2018

Durham Receives Grant to Kickstart Financial Empowerment Efforts

The City of Durham has been named one of 10 cities to receive a $20,000 planning grant, along with months of technical assistance, to identify and plan ways to help financially empower residents. The grant is from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’s CityStart Initiative, with support from JPMorgan Chase and others, and offers mayors and their administrations a structured approach to identify financial empowerment goals, convene stakeholders for sustainable success, develop concrete strategies, and ultimately craft a blueprint rooted in local priorities and opportunities. The City will receive an intensive 6-to-9 month technical assistance partnership along with the $20,000 planning grant.  More 

National Night Out 2018
Oh What A Night! 
City Manager Tom Bonfield, left, Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, right, new 911 Director Randy Beeman and School Superintendent Pascal Mubenga, Ph.D, were among hundreds of residents and other City officials who celebrated the contributions of Alice Cheek (center) on National Night Out (NNO) Tuesday. The community’s NNO celebration at Edgemont Elms Park featured a park bench plaque presentation in honor of Mrs. Cheek for her 20 years of dedication, service, inspiration, fundraising and community-building in Durham’s Edgemont-Elms neighborhood.

DPR To Host Annual Latino Festival Tomorrow

Thousands are expected to celebrate the Hispanic culture tomorrow as participants enjoy entertainment, activities, and food at 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 musicand great food, as well as learn about the many health, education and service resources available in Durham. More 

Durham Welcomes Return of Outdoor Photography Exhibition Series, The FENCE

After a successful launch in 2017, The FENCE 2018, the largest public art photography exhibition in North America, is returning to downtown Durham next week and includes new art from 50 photographic artists, including nine Triangle-based artists. The City's Public Art Committee, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and General Services Department will welcome The FENCE: Durham with an opening ceremony on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. on the Orange Street Mall, 102 W. Parrish Street.  More 

Police Department Holds Academy Graduation

The Durham Police Department held graduation exercises for Basic Law Enforcement Training academy class #47 last night at the Durham Convention Center. The keynote address was delivered by Matthew G. T. Martin, U. S.  Attorney for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. Nineteen recruits graduated after completing 24 weeks of tactical and classroom training.  A program highlight was the presentation of awards for highest class scores in academics, driving, firearms and physical fitness.

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 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 
Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Project Manager Ryan Smith and the I-team’s Outreach Coordinator Chuck Manning, Sr. to talk about two of the specific ways they’re accomplishing this lofty goal. Watch the show.

Ever wondered what it takes to answer a 911 call? On our new Durham Works episode, comedian and resident Deb Aronin joins Charles Mills of the Durham Emergency Communications Center to learn what it takes to answer the 911 calls of residents and get them the emergency help they need.
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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 p.m. 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 are on sale  More 

Parks and Recreation Notes

Goats Pave The Way For Dogs To Play

Durham Parks and Recreation has teamed up with local goats yet again to clear unwanted vegetation from another park.  A few months ago, the goats were brought in to remove vegetation and brush at Indian Trail Park and they will do the same thing at Durham's new PetSafe® Dog Park at 1608 Acadia Street. The Goat Squad, a local targeted grazing business, will bring more than 20 goats to clear unwanted vegetation, brush, and invasive species to increase sight lines and visibility around the dog park on Aug. 16. 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.
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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 Corporation 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 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 Mangum 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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