City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

February 8, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 2

Note from Tom

Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Durham Police Department’s graduation exercises for the 23 recruits who successfully completed the 24-week Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) academy. Chief Davis has made it a priority to build a diverse department, and graduating class No. 48 is a demonstration of that effort. The class includes Black, Caucasian, and Hispanic recruits with 20 males and three females, and seven North Carolinians (two Durham natives). Below in this email you will find a photo of this great looking group who will now join the ranks as officers.
I want to send my congratulations to all of the graduates and thank them for their commitment to the safety of our diverse community. The City will continue its commitment to building diversity that reflects the community we serve.

City of Durham News

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New Startup Roadmaps Now Available to Help Guide Durham's Small Businesses

The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Durham City-County Planning Department have collaborated on a set of new guides for small businesses called Startup Roadmaps. The roadmaps were created to remove barriers and build capacity for small businesses by providing an easier way to understand all of the regulatory and permitting requirements in the beginning of the planning process. Learn more.

Honor a DPD Female Officer, Civilian for Women’s History Month

Nominations Accepted Through Monday, February 25th

The Durham Police Department (DPD) is accepting nominations from the community for its EAGLE Awards that honor women who demonstrate Excellence, Achievement and Gallantry in Law Enforcement. In conjunction with national Women’s History Month in March, the EAGLE Awards recognize the exemplary contributions of women employees at DPD, partner agencies, and in the community who advance the ideals of public safety; enhance the department’s organizational culture; and/or have forged new paths as pioneers in the profession. Learn more.

Photo Highlight

Graduation photo for Durham Police Department Basic Law Enforcement Training academy class No. 48

Congratulations to Durham Police Department Basic Law Enforcement Training Graduating Class No. 48

On Thursday, February 7, 23 recruits graduated after successful completion of the 24-week tactical and classroom training academy. The graduating class is made up of 20 males and three females, as well as seven North Carolinians including 2 Durham natives.

Upcoming Events

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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Catch Up with Bull City Wrap

Get a recap of this week's news in three minutes with the latest episode of Bull City Wrap.

In this week's episode, learn about 2019 Golden Leaf Awards nominations, Morreene Road Park call for public art, Durham Youth Works Internship Program, new pre-qualified public arts registry, and Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy.

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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.

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 2/11:
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 a.m. to 7 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated. No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

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 2/11:
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. Geer Street will be reduced to one lane 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. Washington Street between West Corporation Street and Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer work begins. No work is scheduled for this weekend.
Water tip of the week: At your next office meeting, swap out disposable plastic water bottles for reusable pitchers or jugs full of fresh Durham tap water.

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