City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager | February 1, 2019 Vol. 12 No.1

Note from Tom

Happy February!

The City Manager’s Report is back after a brief hiatus. You may notice that this edition of the City Manager’s Report looks different, with more photos and graphics, and introducing new sections, hopefully to make it easier to follow and read for busy people like you. This year, I plan to talk to you more through the “Note from Tom” section.

While topics will vary throughout the year, this area is where I’ll give you my thoughts about a particular issue or event in the city. When possible, this is also where, with a click, you’ll be directed to a brief video presentation about a topic of interest. Take time to peruse the newsletter and let us know what you think. Our goal is to keep you informed, encourage you to engage and be part of this dynamic, growing city that we love. I look forward to connecting with you each week through this report. 

City of Durham News

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Durham Continuum of Care Providers Win HUD Funding

Durham projects serving the needs of people without homes have received over $1.25 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.

The City of Durham Community Development Department has been notified that HUD has awarded $1,261,306 to 10 Durham projects. The competitively awarded grants will help fund permanent supportive housing for homeless persons and families, short-term rental subsidies, and Durham’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is a common database of the confidential records of Durham’s homeless people. Learn more.

Student artists stand beside the public art banners that they created to hang at the South Ellerbe Creek Restoration Site

Public Art Now Adorns South Ellerbe Stormwater Restoration Project

Passersby will now notice new public art adorning the construction fencing around the South Ellerbe Stormwater Restoration project thanks to the efforts of local teachers and students from three schools in Durham.

The City’s Public Works Department partnered with artist-educator Lee Moore Crawford to produce artwork by local students for the project. The students answered the question, “Who will show up in this wetland restoration project?” with colorful images of birds, turtles, fish, and native plants. Crawford reproduced the images on banners that she and the students displayed earlier this week on the project’s construction fence along 808 W. Trinity Ave. Learn more.

Durham Cultural and Public Arts Program Pre-Qualified Artists Registry Now Open for Submission

March 11th Submission Deadline

Artists and artist teams are invited to submit digital portfolios to be considered for the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artists Registry. This registry will serve as a resource to streamline the selection process and increase capacity for artists to create City cultural and public art projects.Learn more.

Durham Seeks Public Art for Morreene Road Park

February 28th Submission Deadline

Local and regional artists are invited to apply for a new public art project to be displayed as part of upcoming renovations at Morreene Road Park. The City of Durham General Services Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Public Art Committee are seeking professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design, fabricate, and install a permanent piece of public art at Morreene Road Park. Learn more.

Office of Parking Management Launches Updated PARKDurham Website

The revamped PARKDurham website has a new look and everything you need to know to find parking, download the parking app, explore alternative transportation options, and more. Visit the site.

New Notification Service for Zoning and Land Use Public Hearings

As of January 15, 2019, the Planning Department will send out email notifications of all upcoming Planning public hearings to anyone who signs up for the service. Individuals, neighborhood organizations, and other entities are welcome to sign up.

You must OPT-IN to receive the notifications which will be sent approximately every two weeks, but at least once a month. Learn more and sign up.

Photo Highlight

Student at C.E. Jordan High School hear from Broadway production staff

DPAC Organizes Audition Master Class at C.E. Jordan High School

On Thursday, January 24, DPAC coordinated an audition master class at C.E. Jordan High School led by music director/conductor Will Curry and associate conductor Adam Rothenberg with the touring Broadway production of Miss Saigon. Students got valuable advice and guidance from these two seasoned professionals who are familiar with the Broadway audition process including choosing cast members.

Upcoming Events

Brownfields Open House

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn about the effort to revitalize Durham’s brownfield properties such as former scrap yards, gas stations, dry cleaners, and similar operations that can house hazardous substances. Event details.

Save the Date: State of the City Address

Monday, February 18, 2019, 7 p.m.

Join us at 101 City Hall Plaza to hear Mayor Steve Schewel's plans for 2019. If you can't make it to Council Chambers, you can watch his address live-streamed from our website or on Durham Television Network. Additional details to follow.

Durham 150

Durham's year-long birthday bash

How will you celebrate Durham’s sesquicentennial? Be part of the Durham 150 project to recognize the Bull City’s past, present, and future with a year of 150+ events, activities and opportunities to celebrate the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary! Visit and follow @DurhamNC150 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on the #Durham150 celebration. Plus, save the date for April 13 for our opening event.

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Now Showing on Durham Television Network

New City Life Episode: Moving People, Not Cars in Downtown Durham

Uncovering innovative solutions to address some of our community’s most challenging issues is what Durham is all about! In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with City of Durham Transportation Planner Maureen Devlin and Mariel Beasley with the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University to find out how the City is using $1 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge to figure out how to help best move people and not cars in downtown Durham.
Host Beverly B. Thompson sits at a table with City of Durham Transportation Planner Maureen Devlin and Mariel Beasley with the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University

Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

The Play by Play from Durham Parks and Recreation


Durham Seeks Community Votes for Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival Logo 

Cast Your Vote by Monday, February 4th

An Artist Selection Committee comprised of Durham Parks and Recreation staff and Public Art Committee representatives have selected 4 design concepts from 3 artists as finalists from the proposals submitted through an open call for creative people living or working in the Research Triangle area. Designs were required to commemorate the family-oriented festival that celebrates African and African-American culture, arts, and traditions. 

The top three artists selected for the contest are Sarahlaine Calva, Joseph Churchwell, and Jermaine Powell. Learn more about the project and vote.

Durham Water Works for You

Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Additional information regarding this project can be found at:

Updates for Week of 2/4:
W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate waterline installation. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all lane shifts. Flaggers will be utilized for traffic control near the Kent / W. Chapel Hill and Gattis / W. Chapel Hill street intersections. 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 AM to 7 PM. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement Project. Additional information regarding this project can be found at:

Updates for Week of 2/4:
Rigsbee Avenue will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues. Foster Street at Seminary Avenue will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues. West Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues. Washington Street at Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues. Washington Street at Monmouth Avenue will be temporarily closed as water line work continues. Washington Street between Monmouth Avenue and West Trinity Street will be reduced to one lane as water line work begins.
A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status as of 1/31/2019: Days of Supply=273, Reservoir Status=100%, Drought Status=Normal

Stay Connected with Durham Information Network

Durham Information Network is the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Follow our channels to stay engaged and informed, including Durham Television Network, the City Manager’s Report, and the Citizens’ Newsletter.

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Parks and Recreation in Durham reveal new murals at four park restrooms

Social Post of the Week

See Durham's creativity on display on the exterior walls of restroom facilities at four Durham parks (Garrett Road Park, Sherwood Park, Solite Park, and East End Park). As part of the Neighborhood Park Mural Project, four artists were selected and assigned to a park and worked to create art in line with placemaking for their specific site. Three of the parks also received restroom upgrades as part of the separate Restroom Renovation Project, funded by Half Penny for Parks.

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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service. Let us know how we can help you.

  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
  • Visit the website
  • Stop by the City Hall lobby desk at 101 City Plaza Hall, M-F between 8-5
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