City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 42 - November 16, 2018

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. 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. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov. 22. Regular Thursday collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky services, will take place on Nov. 23. Regular Friday collections for yard waste and bulky services will take place on Nov. 26. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Nov. 22 and Nov. 24, but will be open under normal operating schedules on Nov. 23 and Nov. 26. 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.   More 

Hillandale Road traffic

Durham Hosts Hillandale Road Bike & Pedestrian Facilities Meeting

If you travel along Hillandale Road in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting Nov. 29 to review the preferred alternative for bicycle and pedestrian designs for this busy road. The City's Public Works Department has prepared the preferred alternative design for bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Hillandale Road from I-85 to N.C. Highway 147, and staff wants to share their work to date and get resident input. The drop-in style meeting is set from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the E.K. Powe Elementary School Media Center, Room 226, 913 9th Street. Residents will be able to review the preferred alternative design, ask questions of Public Works staff, and provide input before the department completes the final design work.  More 

2018 Financial Report

Financial Report Available Nov. 21

One of our most important duties is to provide clear, concise, and transparent information about City revenue and spending. The award-winning Financial Report from the City's Finance Department is complete, and while it will soon be available online, it will also be available in the Nov. 21 edition of the Herald-Sun newspaper. The report provides an informative review of the City's financial condition for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Expanding Housing Choices

Fas-paced growth, limited availability of developable land, and a renewed preference for in-town living has led to a housing and affordability challenge. Expanding Housing Choices is a project that explores ways to expand the choices people have when it comes to housing options by reviewing the zoning rules that determine different aspects of land use and development. Two open houses will be held on Nov. 27 and 29 Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, to discuss proposed details.   More 

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 Dec. 21, the City is launching the idea collection phase, which allows residents to brainstorm and submit an idea.  More

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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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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 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. The deadline for disaster loan applications is Dec. 11.  More 

Get In The Holiday Spirit At The Holiday Art Walk

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive fine arts and craft event that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Durham. Visitors will shop for beautiful handcrafted creations (including the free Vega Metals ornament), just in time for holiday shopping. Celebrate the magic transition from harvest to the holidays! New this year is the Outdoor Art Marketplace at the Durham Arts Council, including tempting original arts and crafts, continuous music from the exciting Erie Insurance Music Stage, kids rides, bounce houses, games, face painting, local food trucks and harvest beverage vendors all along a delightful Harvest Promenade on Morris Street. Jump into The Messiah Sing Along with the Choral Society of Durham! The event will be tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  More

City Manager's Report Takes A Thanksgiving Break

There will be no City Manager's Report next Friday due to the holiday break. Look for it again on Nov. 30.

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 11/14/2018 - Days of Supply: 246 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For informaiton: 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. Next week, periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between N. Duke and Mangum streets as pavement repairs are made. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation continues. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. There will be no work on Nov. 22. On Nov. 24 and 25, work on Geer Street will take place. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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