City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 48, January 4, 2019

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Live Tree Drop-Off Jan. 19

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and drop-off their live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham’s E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Tree Disposal event this month. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting this free event on Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the home side parking lot, 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, and live Christmas trees.  More 

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Progress continues despite the rain on the Durham Mixed-Use Parking Garage at the intersections of Morgan and Mangum streets and Rigsbee Avenue. The $23 million facility will provide a new parking garage with 667 parking spaces wrapped with more than 15,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.


Committee to Share Findings and Recommendations for Toppled Confederate Statue

Eight months of research and conversations about Confederate statues, memorials and symbols of the Confederacy in Durham have culminated into a final report completed by the City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials. The jointly-appointed committee will share its recommendations and completed report at the City-County Joint Committee Meeting on Jan. 8. The meeting will take place at City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, from 9 a.m.  – 11 a.m. A press conference led by City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials Committee Chairs Robin Kirk and Charmaine McKissick-Melton will immediately follow the meeting.   More

2019 Durham City-County MLK, Jr. Observance Program Set

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the purpose of the annual Durham City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Employee Observance Program. The 14th annual celebration jointly-hosted by Durham’s local government organizations will take place on Jan. 15. The program will begin at noon at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main Street in downtown Durham. The newly sworn in North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls will be the keynote speaker for this event. Justice Earls is a former civil rights attorney and professor. She is the founder and former executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The community is invited to enjoy the program which will also include remarks from local leaders and elected officials. The Durham City-County MLK Employee Choir will provide musical selections.   More 

Durham Hosts Proposed LaSalle Street Sidewalk Facilities Meeting

If you travel along LaSalle Street in Durham, you’ll want to mark your calendar for a meeting later this month to discuss sidewalk facility designs for this busy roadway. The City's Public Works Department is now in the 25 percent design phase for pedestrian facilities along both sides of LaSalle Street between Kangaroo Drive and Hillsborough Road as well as along one side of LaSalle Street from Hillsborough Road to Sprunt Avenue.  The drop-in style meeting to share the designs and collect resident feedback is set for Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the E.K. Powe Elementary School cafeteria at 913 Ninth Street. Residents will be able to review the 25 percent design plans, ask questions of City staff, and offer input before the department completes the final design plans. 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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Join Us for Our Durham 150 Celebration

How are you planning to celebrate Durham’s sesquicentennial? Durham 150 is charged with spearheading efforts to recognize the Bull City’s past, present and future with a year of 150+ events, activities and community engagement opportunities to celebrate the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary! You can now learn more about this year-long celebration at and follow @DurhamNC150 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the #Durham150 activities planned in 2019. Plus, save the date for  April 13 for our opening event!

Parks and Recreation Notes

Wellness in 2019

Purchase a Durham Parks and Recreation Wellness Package and work out at any recreation center or take a fitness class for an affordable monthly price. For details about the package or the fitness programs available, visit

Durham Senior Games 2019

Registration for the 2019 Durham Senior Games and Silver Arts program will open on Feb. 4. This annual event, which begins April 15, provides mature adults (age 50 or better) the opportunity to compete in a host of athletic and artistic activities in various locations around Durham. More than 30 sporting events and 20 art forms are available.  More
Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 1/2/2019 - Days of Supply: 283 - 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. 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. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Washington Street at Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. West Corporation Street at Roney Street will be closed as sanitary sewer installation continues. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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