City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 32 - August 31, 2018

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Labor Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Sept. 3. Collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will be delayed by one business day for the entire week. Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items on Sept. 7 will instead occur on Sept. 10. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Sept. 3. For information about items accepted for curbside collections as well as how to sign up for collection day alerts and reminders for holiday service changes, visit the department’s webpageMore

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DPAC Nominated For Theater Award
The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) has been nominated for a top theater award by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA). The association announced its 2018 Industry Award nominations Aug. 21 with DPAC joining six other venues as nominees in the category of the Ryman Auditorium Theater of the Year Award. IEBA members receive ballots to vote in all Industry award categories, and the winners will be announced Oct. 2 during IEBA’s 48th annual conference in Nashville. Other nominees include The Anthem in Washington, D.C., the Beacon Theatre in New York, The Chicago Theatre, Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis and the Smart Financial Center in Houston. DPAC recently completed its 10th season under the direction of Nederlander and PFM. The theater held 219 events with a total attendance of 488,900. DPAC sold out 130 performances. 

Durham Seeks Input on College Heights Historic District Nomination

If you live or own property in the College Heights neighborhood of Durham, make plans to attend a public information meeting and hearing next week about this neighborhood’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Durham Historic Preservation Commission will hold this meeting on Sept. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall Committee Room, second floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. While this meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., the College Heights Historic District presentation will not begin until about 10 a.m. This meeting will be held in conjunction with a public hearing that the Durham Historic Preservation Commission is required to conduct as part of its certified local government responsibilities to review and comment on National Register nominations for properties in their jurisdiction. More 

Durham Seeks Contractors for 2018 Brownfields Assessment Grant

Now that Durham has been notified that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be awarding a 2018 Brownfields Assessment Grant to Durham, qualified and experienced engineering and environmental contractors are being sought to assist with the management and execution of this grant. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development will use these brownfields assessment grant funds for community outreach, environmental assessment, and cleanup planning activities to support the redevelopment of brownfields properties in targeted areas of the city. A Request for Qualifications is now available on the City’s website, or a physical copy may be examined Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 807 E. Main Street, Suite 5-100, Durham. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. Sept. 7.  More

Fleet Management Earns Honors

The City's Fleet Management department has again been honored for it's efforts to have one of the greenest government fleets in North America. This year, they ranked No. 40 in the Top 50. They have received the recognition every year since 2009. 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 today.  More

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The City is working to make sure that Durham’s growing Hispanic and Latino populations are heard and involved in the decisions that impact them and the lives of all residents. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with the City’s Bilingual Human Relations Specialist Lenin Martinez-Gallo and Chair of the Mayor’s Hispanic/Latino Committee Anabel Roasa to find out what’s being done to foster this involvement and to support these communities.
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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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Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 8/29/2018 - Days of Supply: 209 - Reservoir Status: 97.5% - 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. There will be no work through Sept. 3. Next week, Mangum Street will be reduced to one lane between Corporation and W. Morgan streets as water services are connected to the new water line. 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. 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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Durham Information Network represents the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Included under this umbrella are all of the primary platforms used by the City to provide information and engage residents. Visit the Durham Information Network webpage for quick access to all of our communication tools including existing social media platforms, Durham Television Network programming, the City Manager’s Report, and the Citizens’ Newsletter.
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