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

March 1, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 5

City of Durham News


Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis Portrait

Police Chief Davis Recognized as 2019 Salute to Champions Recipient

In a recent interview with WRAL's Buzz Sport Radio, Davis was honored for her more than 30 years of service in law enforcement. The honor is part of the radio show's Black History Month "Salute to Champions" segment that highlights African American's who have demonstrated significant achievement in their fields. In the talk, she reflects on her journey as an African-American woman in the profession, and shares her charge to her department to embrace diversity at every level. Hear the interview.

Durham Earns Tree City USA Designation from Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate Durham's 36th year as a Tree City USA on March 15

Durham is one of more than 3,500 cities recognized for its commitment to effective urban forest management, which plays an important role in air quality, water resources, health and well-being, and energy use. On March 15, celebrate with a clean up effort and small planting at Burton Park and an Arbor Day proclamation read by City Council Member Javiera Caballero. Learn more.

City-County Planning Department Releases Updated Expanding Housing Choices Proposal

Planning Commission hearing will take place on March 12

On Monday, Feb. 25, the Planning Department made its proposed changes to the City’s existing zoning rules available for review in advance of the March 12 Planning Commission public hearing. Referred to as Expanding Housing Choices, the amendments aim to increase housing availability and choices in Durham's high demand neighborhoods by reducing regulatory barriers and increasing density. Learn more.


Durham Seeks People's Choice Votes for 2019 Golden Leaf Awards

Online voting open until March 25

Online voting is now open for the People's Choice Award to be presented at the 2019 Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony in April. The awards are given to outstanding new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the community’s built environment. Learn more.

DPAC Launches New "Next Stop Broadway" Summer Program

This week-long program is for any student age 10-17 that is interested in Broadway, no experience required! Participants will work with Broadway professionals and perform Broadway classics for friends and family on DPAC’s stage at the end of the week.
Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Durham Recognizes 2019 Planning Academy Graduates

Virginia Williams Recalls Her Royal Ice Cream Parlor Sit-In Experience

Last Friday, Virginia Williams, a member of the "Royal Seven" group that protested segregation at the Royal Ice Cream Parlor in Durham on June 23, 1957, talked about her experience in a conversation moderated by city historian and former council member Eddie Davis. Williams spoke to a room of City of Durham employees including Tammie Harris (pictured above at left with her daughter at far right), whose father, Melvin Willis, also participated in the sit-in but passed away in 2003. The incident at the Durham ice cream parlor was one of the South's first sit-ins, but rarely gets attention in accounts of the era. The building was demolished in 2006, and a N.C. Highway Historic Marker was unveiled in 2008 and later installed near the intersection of Roxboro and Dowd Streets.

Upcoming Events


Annual Creek Week Engages Community in Caring for Waterways

Get involved between March 16-23

Mark your calendar for this week of indoor and outdoor activities to help people of all ages and abilities learn more about creeks, rivers, and lakes as well as how to keep them healthy. Throughout the week, residents will have a chance to join litter cleanups, adopt-a-spot, or join a hiking or paddling adventure. Learn more.


17th Annual Women’s Forum
Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 68 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza, First Floor

This free forum, held annually in honor of National Women’s History Month, is open to the public and will be moderated by City of Durham Public Affairs Director Beverly B. Thompson. Panelists include Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry; Parents of Murdered Children–Durham Chapter Leader T. Diane Jones; and Women in Action Director and Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center Executive Director Grace Marsh. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network


New City Life Episode: Honoring Visionary Women Who Are Champions of Peace and Nonviolence

March is National Women’s History Month and this year communities throughout the country – including Durham – are honoring visionary women who are champions of peace and nonviolence. In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham Chapter Leader of Parents of Murdered Children T. Diane Jones and City of Durham Human Relations Manager Phillip Jordan to find out how we all can learn from those who are leading the way in rejecting violence and embracing peace as a way to resolve conflicts.

Screenshot of 17th Annual Women's Forum Announcement

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. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of March 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 while work is taking place in intersections of W. Chapel Hill Street with Kent St, Gattis St, Carroll St, and Buchanan Blvd.
  • 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.
  • 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 this project. Find additional details and updates online.


Week of March 4:
  • Broadway Street will be reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Washington Street between Trinity Avenue and Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Washington Street between West Corporation Street and Geer Street will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water tip of the week: Saving water starts at home. Do you leave the faucet running while brushing teeth? How long are your showers? Discuss water use with your family and find simple ways to cut down around the house.

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