City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 40 - November 2, 2018

Durham Wins $1 Million in Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge

The City of Durham has been named a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, a year-long competition that challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest problems faced by cities today. Durham is among nine cities that will receive $1 million to begin implementation of potentially breakthrough solutions to issues such as homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity. Durham joins Denver, Fort Collins, Colo., Georgetown, TX, Huntington, W.Va., Los Angeles, New Rochelle, NY, Philadelphia, and South Bend, Ind. as winners of the U.S. Mayors Challenge. Durham was selected as a winner for its innovative approach to get residents and visitors to choose to commute by alternative modes to downtown Durham.  More 

Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge winners.
Mayors Challenge Winner
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, third from the right, joins other winners of the Bloomberg Philantropies U.S. Mayors Challenge.

Durham Seeks Resident Input on Participatory Budgeting Capital Projects

Participatory Budgeting is now underway, and the City is seeking resident input on how to spend the $2.4 million designated by the City Council for one-time projects in each of the three City Council wards. Participatory budgeting is a democratic process that allows residents to directly decide how to spend part of the City’s public budget. Participatory budgeting involves a two-year cycle of meetings, voting, and project implementation to then become part of the broader budget decision-making process. Through December 21, the City is launching the idea collection phase, which allows residents to brainstorm and submit an idea.  More
City employees at 2018 Leadership Conference

2018 Leadership Conference

City employees took a couple of days for their own enrichment is week as they attended the City's 2018 Leadership Conference. Employees took advantage of development opportunities, took part in a town hall style discussion with City Manager Tom Bonfield and Public Affairs director Beverly B. Thompson, and listened to keynote speaker and author David Rendall.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Veterans Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and most non-emergency City operations, services, and programs, will be closed Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day. Police, fire and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City-provided services and programs. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov. 12. 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 services on Nov. 16 will instead occur on Nov. 19. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Nov. 12. 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 webpage.   For information on all City closings and delays, visit the website.

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Gangs in Durham. How big of a problem are they, and what’s being done about them?  In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with City Manager Tom Bonfield and County Manager Wendell Davis to take an in-depth look at this important issue.
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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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Durham Included in Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance

On the morning of Sept. 17, the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought intense and heavy rainfall to the Bull City, with areas in western and northern Durham experiencing particularly rainfall in excess of a 100-year flood event. More than a month later, the City continues to address the large number of flooding and storm drainage inquiries generated by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which has resulted in nearly 400 flooding and drainage inquiries as well as reports of 35-to-40 residential and commercial structures that experienced significant flooding during these severe weather events including damage to structures outside of designated special flood hazard areas.  On Oct. 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) included Durham County as eligible for SBA economic injury loans for small businesses, most private nonprofit organizations, and homeowners. More 

Durham Seeks Developers for Former Police Headquarters Site

Developers interested in the redevelopment opportunity at the former police headquarters site in downtown Durham should submit their qualifications now for this City of Durham-owned property. The City is seeking to dispose of the site, and a Request for Qualifications document is now available to interested parties. The City is seeking to sell this four-acre property at 505 W. Chapel Hill Street to a high-quality development team capable of delivering a project that accomplishes the Durham City Council’s key priorities for the site.  More 

Ride GoDurham Fare-Free on Election Day

The City is making it even easier to get to the polls on Election Day. For the second consecutive year, GoDurham buses will be fare-free all day on November 6. Transportation Department Director Terry Bellamy said the City administration is aware that a lack of access to transportation can make it difficult for some residents to vote, and hopes that making buses fare-free again this year will encourage residents to try transit as an easy way to get to the polls. To find a GoDurham route to one of the nearly 60 polling places open on Nov. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., visit to map the route. Residents may also use the Transloc Rider and Transit mobile apps to plan their trips.  More

Interactive Pixel Wall Mural Coming Soon to Durham Central Park

The Liberty Warehouse Wall at Durham Central Park will soon have new interactive public art on display and the Durham community is invited to the early November opening ceremony. Hosted by the City of Durham and Durham Central Park, the opening ceremony will take place on the east side of the park at 501 Foster Street at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4.  At this event, community members will have the opportunity to meet the artist collective behind the mural, Pixel Patch Creative, and create pixel murals of their own. The opening ceremony will take place alongside the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo, and marks the second major public art installation along the Durham SmART corridor.  More 

Durham Hosts Neighborhood Bike Route Meetings

Residents and visitors interested in how the City plans to prioritize bicycle travel along neighborhood streets should attend one-of-four upcoming meetings. The City’s Transportation Department is planning to enhance neighborhood streets to help bicyclists more easily and safely access destinations. The proposed neighborhood bicycle routes, otherwise known as bicycle boulevards, will use signage and pavement markings to better connect residents to existing trails, bicycle routes, and other major destinations. The first phase of this project will designate approximately seven miles of roads as neighborhood bicycle routes, and develop the appropriate signage and pavement marking plans. More corridors could be added in the future.  More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/31/2018 - Days of Supply: 233 - Reservoir Status: 100% - 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, Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster and Mangum streets as pavement repairs are made. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Rigsbee Avenue will be closed as water line installation continues. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation begins. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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