City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 50 - January 18, 2019

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and all non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Jan. 21. The revised collection schedule for all curbside services reflects a one-day delay in garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulky services collections for all customers as follows:
•  Monday customers will receive collections on Jan.  22.
•  Tuesday customers will receive collections on Jan. 23.
•  Wednesday customers will receive collections on Jan. 24.
•  Thursday customers will receive collections on Jan. 25.
•  Friday customers (yard waste and bulky services only) will receive collections on Jan.  28.
For the complete listing of closings and delays, visit the website

North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls speaks at the Jan. 15 City-County Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance

City-County Employees Honor Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 14th annual celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was  jointly-hosted by Durham’s local government organizations on Jan. 15. The newly sworn in North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls was the keynote speaker.

Durham Hosts Community Engagement Session for Police HQ Public Art

The Durham Police Department Headquarters and Durham Emergency Communications Center will soon be home to new public art, and residents are invited to give their input to help shape one of the pieces to be created by a Durham artist. A community photography event will be held tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Building #10 in the Phail Wynn, Jr., Student Services Center at Durham Technical Community College. The Durham Police Department, Durham Emergency Communications Center, the General Services Department, and the Cultural Advisory Board’s Public Art Committee have selected David Wilson, a Durham-based artist, as well as national artist team Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton of RE:site to design and install public art at this facility.  More 

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding & Live Tree Drop-Off Tomorrow

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 tomorrow 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 

‘Move Durham’ Transportation Study Hosts Community Workshops

If you live or travel in and around downtown Durham, the City's Transportation Department wants to hear from you. The department is hosting three community workshops for the 'Move Durham' Transportation Study which will develop a clear vision for the future of transportation and mobility in the central area of Durham. Residents are invited to attend any of the following workshops:
•  Jan. 22, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street
•  Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street
•  Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – noon, Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 W. Pettigrew Street
'Move Durham' is a nine-month multimodal transportation planning process that involves public outreach and data gathering to improve the department’s understanding of how people move to and through the central area of Durham.   More  

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Logo Design Contest Now Open for Submissions

This year marks two major milestones for the Bull City, it’s the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham and the 50th anniversary of the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival. To celebrate this national award-winning and family-oriented event that celebrates African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions, the City is now seeking logo and t-shirt design proposals commemorating Bimbé’s 50th anniversary. The design contest is open for submissions now through January 25, and a public voting period will take place January 29 – February 4. More 

Durham Partners with Carolina Theatre to Host February One Screening

The City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the North Carolina Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission to help increase awareness of civil rights among Durham youth. The scope of this ongoing work by the department includes a partnership with the Carolina Theatre around its Arts Discovery Educational Series’ showing of February One. This film chronicles the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, considered one of the pivotal moments in civil rights history. The February One film screenings are planned for North Carolina Central University, Duke University and Durham Technical Community College. The screenings will take place at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan Street on Feb. 1 at 9:50 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.  More 

Durham YouthWork Program Seeks Local Employers to Host Youth Interns

Durham employers interested in staffing for projects and tasks this summer while also developing skilled future talent should consider hosting youth interns through the 2019 Durham YouthWork Internship Program. The program is administered by the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and is a partnership with Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools (DPS), Durham Technical Community College, and Made in Durham. This program, now in its 16th year, has a goal to grow from serving approximately 200 youth each summer to serving more than 1,000 youth within the next three years. 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
On our new Durham Works episode, comedian & resident 
Deb Aronin joins Chris Smith of our Solid Waste Management team to learn what it takes to collect your recyclables. Watch the show.

2019 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

Do you know of a Durham property that’s outstanding for its design, preservation, curb appeal, or stewardship of the natural and built environment? Nominate it now for the 2019 Golden Leaf Awards. The Durham City-County Appearance Commission and Keep Durham Beautiful are currently seeking property nominations to recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the community’s built environment. The award categories are Neighborhood Garden & Landscape; Hearth & Home; Adaptive Reuse–Old Building New Design; Small Development (under 12,000 sq. ft.); Large Development (over 12000 sq. ft.); and Keep Durham Beautiful. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 15.   More 

City Manager’s Report Takes Brief Hiatus

The City Manager’s Report takes a hiatus next week as we wish a fond farewell to CMR editor Ron Ferrell, who is retiring today. The City of Durham and the Office of Public Affairs will miss him tremendously.  If you’re ever looking for him, here’s a hint as to where to find him: Here’s to Ron – “May every hole be a birdie!” The CMR will return Friday, February 1, 2019

Parks and Recreation Notes

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 1/16/2019 - Days of Supply: 278 - 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, 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. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. 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. Foster Street at Seminary Avenue will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work 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. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Washington Street at Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer installation continues. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer installation continues. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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