City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 35 - September 28, 2018

Transportation Department Awarded Funding To Replace Diesel Bus Models With Electric Vehicles

Durham's Transportation Department has been awarded more than $2.1 million in USFTA funding to replace GoDurham diesel vehicles with new electric vehicles. The award is part of funding announced by the Federal Transit Administration to improve the safety and reliability of America's bus systems. More

New Police and 911 facility

Police To Open New Headquarters Complex With Community Event Oct. 20

The Durham Police Department and Durham Emergency Communications Center will hold a community grand opening event for the new headquarters complex on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 602 E. Main Street. The grand opening will include facility tours, food, entertainment and activities for all ages. An official ribbon cutting will be held at noon.

Durham’s Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Set for Oct. 6

Recent rains from Hurricane Florence have left litter strewn along creeks and roadsides throughout Durham. Residents ready to help protect fish and wildlife from harmful litter while also boosting the appearance of the community are invited to volunteer now for Durham Big Sweep 2018. Last year’s annual fall cleanup removed more than 30,000 pounds of trash and recyclables that would have otherwise washed downstream into drinking water reservoirs. Volunteers can sign up now at to join an existing cleanup or to register a cleanup site with their own group.  More 

Durham Hosts Proposed North Duke Street Sidewalk Facilities Meeting  

If you live, work, or travel along North Duke Street in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting to discuss pedestrian designs for this street. The City's Public Works Department is preparing designs for pedestrian facilities along North Duke Street from West Murray Avenue to North Roxboro Street, and City staff wants to share their work and receive community input. The drop-in style meeting is set for Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Braggtown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3218 N. Roxboro Street. Residents will be able to review the preliminary design, ask questions of City staff and consultants, and provide input before the department completes the design work.  More 

DPAC Starts Performing Arts Ambassador Program

The Durham Performing Arts Center is beginning a new program to help students kick start a career in the arts with Performing Arts Ambassadors. The program seeks high school students passionate about the arts from across Durham County. This program will expose students to the diversity of what is offered at DPAC, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. DPAC understands that young people are the future, and will play a key role in keeping the arts thriving in our community. For information, email Megan Rindoks, community outreach manager, at Applications must be completed by Oct. 26.  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 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 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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Durham’s City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials will soon make recommendations about the future of public Confederate monuments or symbols in Durham. In this new CityLife episode, Host 
Beverly B. Thompson sits down with committee co-chairs Charmaine McKissick-Melton and Robin Kirk to get an update on the committee’s work so far. Watch the show.

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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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Durham Hosts ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Oct. 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. 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 

Parks and Rec Notes

Fright Night

Calling all of Durham's ghosts and ghouls! Join Durham Parks and Recreation for our Fall Festival and Haunted House on Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Forest Hills Park. We will have classic carnival games for all ages to enjoy, a costume contest for kids and adults (with prizes), and a haunted house that will have you 'howling' with screams and laughter. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission for this event will be a canned food donation (1-4 cans) from each family - with all proceeds going to the Durham Rescue Mission.


Dress up your furry friend in their favorite howl-een costume and stop by Barktoberfest on Oct. 27 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Durham Central Park. Activities will include performances, a fun walk, canine food drive, pet market, beer and food sales, and more.  More

DisABLE the Lable

DisABLE the Label is a community event that promotes and celebrates a better understanding of people with disabilities. Join us Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northgate Mall. This event is open and free to all ages.  More 

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 9/26/18 - Days of Supply: 226 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

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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. There will be no work this weekend. Next week, Mangum Street will be reduced to one lane between Corporation Street and West Morgan Street as pavement repairs are made. 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 Street and Mangum Street 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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