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

April 12, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 11

Note from Tom


Durham Shows Its Strength During Tragedy

The City of Durham extends its deepest sympathies to the victims who were impacted by Wednesday’s explosion on North Duke Street. It’s a tragedy that affects the entire community, bringing us together to support one another as we process what happened and start to recover.
 
On Wednesday morning, City employees were ready to kick off a day of celebration when events took this sudden and unfortunate turn. Our first responders jumped into action, evacuating the scene, fighting the fire, and caring for the wounded. On the 150th anniversary of Durham’s incorporation, it was a display of their selfless dedication to the safety of our community. I want to give a special recognition to the firefighters who were seriously injured while evacuating buildings and tending to victims in the area of the explosion.
 
Over the past three days, Durham’s strength has been on full display. We’ve felt the support of local, state, and federal agencies, as well as residents, volunteers, local businesses, and many others who continue to step forward to help. We are proud of the ongoing work by our Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Communications (911), Emergency Management (Alert Durham), and many other departments working long and hard days to help our community recover.
 
It will take time to recover from this tragic incident and there is still a lot of work ahead as the investigation continues and rebuilding begins. I have no doubt the City of Durham will emerge from this moment stronger than before.

For information and updates related to this event, follow the City of Durham on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

City of Durham News


Durham Seeks Input on Zoning Changes to Expand Housing Choices

Community Conversation Set for Saturday, April 27

This meeting is an opportunity for residents and property owners to learn about the Expanding Housing Choices Initiative, which is designed to allow for more and varied housing options, as well as listen to all perspectives on this issue from other community members, and to provide comments and guidance to Planning staff. Learn more.


Residents Encouraged to "Go Green" at Durham's Earth Day Festival

Participants Enjoy Green Activities and Learn About Sustainable Practices!

Durham residents will receive information on the many ways to “love” the Earth and make a local impact at Durham’s 2019 Earth Day Festival. The festival, sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Durham Parks Foundation, will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park on 501 Foster Street. CBS17 Meteorologist Bill Reh will be the emcee. Learn more.


Durham Seeks User Feedback on Website Design

Online Survey Now Available Until April 30

When you visit the City of Durham website, what drives you nuts? What works well? Now’s your chance to tell us. The City’s Office of Public Affairs and Technology Solutions Department are evaluating durhamnc.gov for a future update, and want user feedback. A short, online survey available in English and Spanish allows website visitors to provide their input, which will be used to help City staff improve the web experience. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Mayor Steve Schewel and supporters of Liberty Arts surround the Major the Bull statue while making the bull symbol with their hands

Bull City Strong

During a tough week in Durham, the Major the Bull statue in CCB Plaza stands as an enduring symbol of the strength of our community. Earlier today, Mayor Steve Schewel joined artists and supporters of Liberty Arts Studio & Foundry to celebrate Major's 15th birthday and the unveiling of new bronze signs that provide information about the public work of art.The sculpture was cast in bronze and created from start to finish in Durham at Liberty Arts, a studio and foundry dedicated to enriching our communities with arts experiences that inspire, empower, educate, and entertain. 
View additional photos from the event.

Upcoming Events


Durham 150 Opening Celebration

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

The Durham 150 Opening Celebration will still take place as originally scheduled at the American Tobacco Campus. After this week’s tragic event, with the utmost respect for the Lee family and others affected, Saturday will serve as a way for the community to be with one another in solidarity and commend the heroic actions of first responders. Learn more.

Durham 150 Opening Celebration Saturday, April 13

Grant Hill and FILA Launch Court Refurbishment Program

Saturday, April 13, begins at 9 a.m.

Hillside Park, 1301 S. Roxboro St.
The Durham Parks Foundation, Durham Parks and Recreation, and Durham City Council Member Charlie Reece will join Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill and FILA North President Jennifer Estabrook to unveil three newly refurbished basketball courts at Hillside Park in Durham, North Carolina. During a special ceremony at Hillside Park, more than 100 kids from the community will be on-hand to inaugurate the new courts and meet the NBA legend.


Silverarts and Games Opening Ceremony

Monday, April 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Community Family Life and Recreation Center, 1309 Halley St.
The Durham Senior Games are for ages 50+, but all are welcome to watch the opening ceremony and cheer on the athletes during the competitions. Attend the opening event or view the schedule for the full list of events. Learn more.

Downtown Durham Business Improvement District Priorities Meeting

Monday, April 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Temple Building, 302 W. Main St.
Downtown Durham Inc. is hosting an input session to get feedback from businesses, property owners, and residents located in the Downtown Durham Business Improvement District (BID) regarding the district’s needs. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network


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: Don't miss the Durham 150 Opening Celebration; Apply for Durham Police Department's summer camps; Share your thoughts on composting; Learn how the City is preparing for extended power outages; and, Learn how to apply for a business grant.

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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, Google Fiber Channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

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Save Water and Help Durham Win the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Keep up the strong work, Durham. Right now our city is in first place in the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. Take the pledge now through April 30. It only take a few seconds - visit mywaterpledge.com, enter "Durham, NC," and pledge to save water.
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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 15:
  • 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 Friday, 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 15:
  • 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 water line 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. 

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