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

April 5, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 10

Note from Tom


A Special Year to Celebrate 150 Years of Durham

We are just eight days away from kicking off Durham 150, an exciting year of celebration and recognition of Durham’s past, present, and future. The Opening Celebration takes place next Saturday, April 12 with a full schedule of events, activities, and prizes. Float a bull down the river in the Running of the Bulls, participate in the creation of the Durham 150 Photo Mosaic Mural, and get your official Durham 150 Merchandise.

The City of Durham is proud to be a presenting sponsor of this effort to reflect on the events, people, and places that have transformed Durham into what it is today. Next week, City government will hold its own sesquicentennial event to recognize our history and accomplishments as an organization, and the employees who work hard to serve the city.

One of the many exciting aspects of the Durham 150 celebration is the collaborative approach that reflects the spirit of Durham. This includes generous support from residents, businesses, and organizations and diverse events that will take place at locations around the city.

We encourage all community members to take part in this opportunity to celebrate this significant moment for Durham – come out for the Opening Celebration on April 12 and visit the official Durham 150 website to find additional ways to get involved. With such an engaged community we know it’s going to be a special year.


City of Durham News


50th Annual Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival 2019 Logo

Support Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Durham Bulls African American Heritage Night

Attend the Durham Bulls game on Saturday, April 20 to help support Durham Parks and Recreation's 50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival. In honor of the festival which takes place on May 18, the Durham Bulls will donate a portion of ticket sales from its African American Heritage Night to the festival. Meet us at the game as we celebrate Durham, African American Culture and Bimbé. Tickets must be purchased from this link to benefit the Bimbé festival: Purchase tickets.

Durham Joins 8th Annual Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

April is Earth Month, and water is our planet’s most precious natural resource. Throughout April, Durham residents are invited to join Mayor Steve Schewel and help the City win the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Learn more.

Police Department Commemorates National Crime Victims' Rights Week

The Police Department's Community Services Division will host events to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. Learn more.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed April 19 for Good Friday

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency concerns may be directed to (919) 560-4600. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City services and programs. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


artist Max Dowdle worked on a mural on the 14 x 60 foot wall that acts as a backdrop to the courtyard outside of City Hall

Mural Adds Pop of Color at City Hall

This week, artist Max Dowdle worked on a mural on the 14 x 60 foot wall that acts as a backdrop to the courtyard outside of City Hall. After presenting several concepts and getting feedback from City Hall employees, the artist created an abstract design featuring architectural elements from four different buildings in Durham with seven stars scattered throughout the image.

Upcoming Events


Major the Bull Signage Unveiling and Celebration

Friday April 12, 11 a.m.
CCB Plaza at the corner of Corcoran and West Parrish Streets in downtown

To help mark his 15th birthday during Durham’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration, the community’s beloved Major the Bull sculpture in CCB Plaza will be receiving new, bronze signage, in both English and Spanish, and the Bull City is invited to the celebration. Learn more.

Durham 150 Opening Celebration

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
American Tobacco Campus

This opening event will kickoff a citywide, yearlong celebration of Durham's 150th anniversary of incorporation. Hear from Mayor Steve Schewel, enjoy birthday cake, and see live entertainment while learning about Durham's rich history of innovation and regeneration. Learn more.

Durham 150 Opening Celebration Saturday, April 13

Durham Youth Voice Festival

Saturday, April 13, 4:30–8 p.m.

W.G. Pearson Center, 616 Spaulding Street
The Durham Youth Commission is hosting this opportunity for youth in Durham to celebrate their city and advocate for the things they care about. Join us for a glowing nighttime festival that includes an opportunity for youth to talk to Durham's Decision makers, performances from Durham youth, food trucks, vendors, and more. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network


New City Life Episode: Celebrating Durham's 150th Anniversary

2019 is a big year for Durham - specifically the month of April because this is the month when we’ll be marking our city’s 150th anniversary. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Shelly Green, President and CEO of Discover Durham and Gineen Cargo, Durham 150 Project Manager to find out how the City is marking the milestone and how everyone can get involved. Watch the discussion.

Durham 150 logo surrounded by animated fireworks

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


Save Water and Help Durham Win the Mayor's Challenge

Major Steve Schewel and Wayne Drop joined forces to demonstrate a few easy ways you can conserve water during the month of April. Watch the video to learn how you can "take the pledge" during the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.

Wayne Drop Water Management rain drop mascot and Mayor Steve Schewel stand together to ask Durham to conserve water

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 April 8:
  • On street parking and turning lane closures in W. Chapel Hill Street between Kent Street and the Durham Freeway. 
  • Temporary lane closures in W. Chapel Hill Street intersections between Kent Street and the Durham Freeway. Flaggers will be utilized to maintain traffic.
  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate waterline installation.
  • 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 April 8:
  • North Street will be reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Madison Avenue will be closed as water line work begins.
  • 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.
  • The intersection of Washington Street and West Corporation Street will be temporarily closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • West Corporation Street between Morris Street and Liggett Street will be reduced to one lane as sewer work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 

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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Social Spotlight

Our employees are getting ready to celebrate our #Durham150! We’re proud to be #publicservants & excited to honor this special, once-in-a-lifetime occasion of our date of incorporation. After our employee celebration, we’re looking forward to our community-wide event on April 13 @americantobaccocampus! Follow us @cityofdurhamnc

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Durham One Call is Here To Help


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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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