City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 43 - November 30, 2018

2018 Demo Day to Celebrate Innovate Durham Program

New ideas and technology are now benefiting the City of Durham and Durham County governments, and residents and other startups are invited to meet the six companies that made it happen during a December event. On Dec. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, the six 2018 Innovate Durham cohort participants will share presentations about their company and the work they did in partnership with City and County departments at the program’s second annual Demo Day. The event is free and open to the public, and will provide an opportunity for residents to see the results of tested innovative solutions, and allow other startups to learn more about the program that serves as a model for government innovation in action. More 

Durham Christmas Tree

Time To Turn On The Lights

Join us at 8 p.m. tonight as the Durham Chamber and the City of Durham hold a tree lighting ceremony and reception at Neomonde Mediterranean. Kick off the holiday season with music, merriment, a window display competition, and more. The City's General Services Department brought this year's tree in on Monday with decorating taking place this week. The festivities will take place in the plaza adjacent to Major the Bull.  More

Durham Hosts Neighborhood Bicycle Boulevards Meeting

Residents interested in how the City of Durham plans to prioritize bicycle travel along neighborhood streets should plan to attend a December community meeting to give their input on design options. 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 destinations. The drop-in style meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Clubhouse, 1639 University Drive. Light refreshments will be served and there will also be free giveaways. More 

Durham Offers Professional Service Firms Evening Out

Durham professionals in the architectural, engineering, and surveying fields are invited to discover business opportunities on the horizon for 2019. Representatives from the City, Durham County, The Institute, and the NCDOT will demonstrate how to navigate multiple information platforms to identify which professional service projects are anticipated for next year. The event will be held in the Council Chambers of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to engage with expectations of forging new partnerships. Light refreshments will also be served. Attendees are asked to RSVP for this free event by contacting Senior Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Specialist Eric Miller by email or at 919-560-4180, ext. 17241.  More

Kick Off The Holiday Season At Durham's Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

The spirit of the holidays will come alive at Durham’s Holiday Parade and Fun Fest on Dec. 8 in downtown Durham beginning at 10 a.m.  This year, NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee composer Branford Marsalis along with Durham Mayor Steve Schewel will kick-off the parade and lead dynamic floats, hometown bands, drill teams, schools, and community groups down Main Street. The procession will conclude with a guest appearance from Santa. CBS 17 Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein and Reporter Derrick Lewis will introduce the approximately 100 units to include six bands and 10 floats. The parade will be live streamed at   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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If the cost of Broadway show tickets at the Durham Performing Arts Center has been holding you back from attending shows there, then the DPAC For All Program is for you. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with DPAC’s Senior Director of Marketing Rachel Traversari to find out how $20 tickets are available to all Durham residents.
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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 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 

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 11/28/2018 - Days of Supply: 259 - 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. Next week, periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster 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. Rigsbee Avenue will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation continues. 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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