City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 34 - September 21, 2018
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Everyone Pitches In To Get Through Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence was a true all-hands-on-deck experience for Durham and all of North Carolina. Whether it was just taking care of your neighbors, working to prevent floods, directing traffic away from flooded roads, clearing downed trees, providing information to residents and emergency management officials across the state, I could not be prouder of the way our city as a whole responded. Since the middle of last week, Durham was ready, and when the heavy rains came on Monday, our Emergency Management, Police, Fire, General Services, Public Works, Solid Waste, Water Management, Public Affairs Office and administrative staff were ready to pitch in again. Thank goodness there was little significant damage and no serious storm-related injuries in our city. Many City Fire and Emergency Management employees have been away from their homes much of the week assisting other areas of the state that were nowhere near as lucky as we were. Join me in thanking all City and County government employees for their diligent work before, during and after the storm.  Our community is in good hands.

Flooded Morgan Street

Florence Imposes Her Will

Monday morning downpours left many Durham streets flooded like Morgan Street in front of Durham School of the Arts. See more images of Durham City and County employees responding to Hurricane Florence on our Flickr webpage.

Durham Hosts Public Input Meeting on Bicycle Lanes

Residents and visitors who travel along any of the 10 corridors proposed for bicycle improvements should plan to attend a meeting tomorrow to review the proposed re-striping design plans that will add bicycle lanes to help make these local roadways safer for all users. The City's Transportation Department is planning to re-stripe approximately 10 miles of roads with bicycle facilities. The drop-in style meeting will be held at The Whitted School, 1210 Sawyer Street, tomorrow from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This public meeting will be a drop-in event and the meeting site is near GoDurham Routes 7 and 8 along with being easily accessible from the American Tobacco Trail. On-street parking is also available.  More

National Complete Streets Coalition Selects Durham to Join Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy

Durham’s work to make streets safer, and the region more livable and equitable, has won the Bull City a competitive national award. The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, announced this week that Durham, Huntsville, Ala., and Pittsburgh have been selected to participate in the Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy. Through the Academy, a team of 10 staff from the City's Transportation Department will hone their skills in using safety counter measures, creative place making, community engagement, and emerging technologies to create safer streets. Each city will also launch a temporary, on-the-ground demonstration project to transform one dangerous street or intersection into a safer place for people.  More

Emergency Management Encourages Residents to Assess and Report Storm Damage

From start to finish, Hurricane Florence had its ups and downs. The strain of preparedness was felt leading up to the hurricane with some of the greatest stress coming Monday when it dumped up to nine inches of rain in about 12 hours on Durham County. Now that the hurricane is gone Durham City-County Emergency Management encourages residents and businesses with structural damages to their property resulting from Hurricane Florence to assess and report damages right away. Damages identified can be reported through an online form at Damage Assessment Form.

Durham Hosts Four Downtown Parking Study Open Houses Oct. 4

Parking in downtown Durham remains in high demand, and in order for the City's Transportation Department to plan for parking needs over the next 10 years, a downtown parking study is currently in its final stages. The department is hosting four drop-in style open houses for residents, business owners, and other downtown stakeholders to learn more about the research findings and final recommendations proposed by Nelson/Nygaard, the department's consultant, to improve downtown parking now and in the future. More


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CityLife
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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Help Make Durham’s Streets Safer - Become a Data Superhero!

State of Place is partnering with the City of Durham through it's Innovate Durham program to make Durham’s streets better and safer places to walk and bike. We’re looking for volunteers, especially students, who have a desire to make Durham’s streets safer to become trained data collectors. Becoming a data collector and collecting data is very flexible and can be done in your own time with access to the internet with a computer/mobile device. You can do the data collection from anywhere you have internet access (at home, the library, the coffee shop!) or take your smart phone with you on a walk and collect data on foot.  More 


Durham Hosts ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event October 13

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and drop-off reusable household goods should attend the City's ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event next month. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting this free event on Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot located at 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, and donated items.  More 


Durham Reports Successful Pilot Results to Reduce Downtown Traffic Congestion

Can a mid-sized city – where cars are still the most convenient mode of transportation and only 8 percent of people walk or commute to work by transit or bike – get residents and visitors to choose to commute by alternative modes? The results of Durham’s recent five-week pilot test are now in, and the answer is ‘yes.’ When the City of Durham was named one of 35 Champion Cities selected for the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages cities to uncover inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems they face, the City’s Mayors Challenge Team began a pilot testing phase to assess two low-cost methods that applied behavioral insights to nudge people away from single-occupancy commutes to downtown Durham, which is experiencing significant traffic congestion and parking woes. More 
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/19/2018 - Days of Supply: 218 - 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. 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. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. 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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