City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 44 - December 7, 2018

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 tomorrow 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 Mayors at Durham 150 kick off.

Durham 150 Kick-Off

Durham's six living mayors were on hand this morning to help kick-off the year-long celebration of Durham's sesquicentennial. The observance is of the 150th anniversary of the city's incorporation. Durham residents and visitors are encouraged to explore themes of history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and democracy, as well as arts and leisure. The celebration is supported by the City of Durham, Discover Durham, the Museum of Durham History and contributions from Durham residents, businesses, and organizations. From the left were former mayors Nick Tennyson, Sylvia Kerckhoff, Bill Bell, current Mayor Steve Schewel, R.W. Grabarek, and Wib Gulley. Visit the Durham 150 website for information.

City On Alert For Hazardous Weather

City crews are on alert this weekend for possibly hazardous weather. Streets are being sprayed with salt brine and crews will be paying close attention to the forecasts that call for a possibility of snow Sunday into early Monday. For information on traffic conditions and Solid Waste pickup, please follow us on social media and check the City's website at for the latest.

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 Hosts Downtown Wayfinding Project Introduction Open House

Residents and visitors interested in how the City of Durham plans to develop a new downtown wayfinding system for pedestrians and motorists should attend an open house next week to learn more about this project. The City’s Transportation Department is developing a new wayfinding system to replace the existing outdated program. The wayfinding signage will help people to more easily find their way around downtown, find public parking, and encourage visitors to discover attractions and other community assets. To help with this effort, the department has hired MERJE to design Durham’s new system. MERJE is a nationally recognized firm with specific expertise in community wayfinding. The department is also hosting an open house to introduce the project to the community, receive information, and give residents and visitors the opportunity to provide input as their team begins the design process. The open house is set for Dec. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. Presentations will take place at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.   More 

Durham Begins Design Project to Repair Buckingham Road

The City of Durham Public Works Department has begun a design project to replace a section of Buckingham Road between Hope Valley Road and Dixon Road, which was damaged during the intense rainfall and significant flooding experienced on Sept. 17 due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Buckingham Road between Hope Valley Road and Dixon Road has been closed to through traffic since Sept. 17, and will remain closed until the design and construction of the roadway replacement is complete. The area will remain open to local traffic during this project. 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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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

Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing Event Set For Durham

On Thursday-Friday, December 13-14, from 8 p.m. – 3 a.m., Durham Parks and Recreation in coordination with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing. The event will be held at Durham Parks and Recreation’s new Environmental Education Pavilion housed at the historic West Point on the Eno at 5253 N. Roxboro Road.  More  

Share Your Ideas At the Youth Participatory Budgeting Jam

Have ideas on how to improve your community? Join us on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the W.G. Pearson Recreation Center, 600 E. Umstead Street to share your ideas and earn a $10 gift card. More
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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. No work is planned for this weekend. 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. 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 reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. 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. 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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