City Manager's Report 09072018
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Residents Get A Crash Course On The Strategic Plan In Neighborhood College

A big thank you to the 30 residents who began the latest edition of Durham Neighborhood College last night. The topic for the seven-week program will be the City and County Strategic Plans. These are the road maps that help guide each organization toward becoming leaders in developing an excellent and sustainable quality of life. After a greeting from Mayor Steve Schewel and County Commissioner Chair Wendy Jacobs, County Manager Wendell Davis and I provided City and County government overviews before our Strategic Plan managers introduced our strategic plans and explained how they influence the way we govern. Over the next six weeks, City and County staff will show this interested group of residents what our plans are and how they can be involved in making Durham and Durham County excellent places to live.

Wool E. Bull and first responders

First Responders Honored at 5th Annual Breakfast

The Durham Chamber of Commerce and the community took time out this morning to honor Durham's first responders. Members of the Durham Police and Fire Departments, the Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Management, Emergency Communications, the Highway Patrol, and officers from the Duke and North Carolina Central University Police Departments were honored as Durham showed how much these groups are appreciated. The guest speaker for the event was John Cerqueira, a local 9/11 survivor. Wool E. Bull was on hand also to greet some of his first responder friends.

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. today.  More

Durham Boards, Committees and Commissions                          

The City of Durham has 28 boards, committees and commissions with members appointed by the Durham City Council. To see the latest openings and apply for consideration, visit the website. May - August appointments included: Nicholas W. Long, Audit Services Oversight Committee; Dawn E. Langley, Carolina Theatre of Durham Board of Trustees; Levon Barnes, Andrew Helm and Christian W. Knapp of the Citizens Advisory Committee; Ian Kipp, Durham Board of Adjustment; Valerie Gillispie, Candis W. Smith, Durham Cultural Advisory Board; Regina D. King, Angela D. Vick-Lewis, Durham Homeless Services Advisory Committee; Erin M. Durkin, Durham Planning Commission; Elizabeth Wiener, Housing Appeals Board; Andrea M. Hudson, Brian E. Kennedy, II, Jeffrey R. King, Nadiah Porter, Nathalie Santos, Brandon S. Washington, Human Relations Commission; Sheila M. Arias Abonza, Tiffany Elder, Raymond Eurquhart, Chantelle Fisher-Borne, Thomas Fletcher, Susan E. Goodman, Kyla Hartsfield, Marion T. Johnson, Henry C. McKoy, Jr., Natalie S. Murdock, Sarah Mye, Raymond T. Palmer, Jose, Romero, Jessica C. Uba, A.J. Williams, Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee; Charles Hill, Recreation Advisory Commission.

Durham Television Network

Bull City Wrap
Bull City Wrap features the latest information to keep residents informed about what's going on inside Durham's City Hall each Monday. It airs daily on Durham Television Network and Youtube.
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Bull City Today
Bull City Today is a daily video news show tailored for social media users and mobile devices. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to get City news every day.

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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Durham Works
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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Parks and Recreation Notes

Canines Takeover Hillside Pool Tomorrow

Residents and their canine friends can take a dip at the Hillside Pool at 1221 Sawyer Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow during Parks and Recreation's Wet and Wild Day. More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/5/2018 - Days of Supply: 202 - Reservoir Status: 95.6 - 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 this weekend. 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.

Stay Informed with the City's Durham Information Network

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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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service via telephone at 919-560-1200 and in person at the City Hall lobby desk.  Durham One Call is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week via the City’s One Call App or the website. Durham One Call is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience on behalf of the City.
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