City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 36 - October 5, 2018

DPAC Earns Theater of  the Year Honor

The Durham Performing Arts Center has been named the 2018 Theater of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA), a leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals.  In its 10th season, the theater held 219 events with more than 488,000 guests and 130 sellout performances this year.  More   
     
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James Lim at Watersense awards

Water Management Wins 2018 WaterSense® Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Durham Department of Water Management with a 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award for its creative approach to supporting WaterSense and promoting water efficiency in 2017. Water Management received one of 21 WaterSense awards presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas. This is the third year in a row that Water Management has achieved this national recognition from the EPA.  More

Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Set for Tomorrow

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.  More 

Durham Announces Art Banner Design Contest Winner

Wondering whose work will be on display on the under-construction Durham Downtown Mixed-Use Parking Garage? The City’s Public Art Program has announced that Gabriel Eng-Goetz is the winner of the Durham Art Banner Design Contest held earlier this summer. Eng-Goetz’s winning design, entitled “Leading the Charge,” will be printed on a series of artful banners to adorn the southern façade of this new facility opening in early 2019. It is located at the intersections of Mangum Street, Morgan Street, and Rigsbee Avenue in downtown. Eng-Goetz, is a Durham native and resident. Eng-Goetz practiced art from an early age, and after graduating from Syracuse University, he returned to the Triangle and founded a clothing and lifestyle company, RUNAWAY, as a means of reconnecting with the local creative community. 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 mrindoks@DPACnc.com. Applications must be completed by Oct. 26.  More

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.

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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 
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Police Join Residents For Coffee and Conversation

Durham residents found a good reason to get a cup of coffee on Wednesday as they joined Durham police officers for Coffee with a Cop day. A national initiative designed to help break down barriers between residents and officers and discuss goals for their communities.

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.


Barktoberfest

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 10/03/2018  - Days of Supply: 224 - Reservoir Status: 99.6% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect.

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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. . Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.
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