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

April 26, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 12

Note from Tom

Durham's Roadmap to Sustainability

As we look forward to Durham Parks & Recreation’s 2019 Earth Day Festival this Sunday, April 28, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the City of Durham’s effort to become a more sustainable organization and community. In March 2018, Durham City Council adopted the City’s first ever Sustainability Roadmap, and our General Services Department is leading the effort to put this ambitious plan into action.
Over the past year we’ve planted 1,238 trees in the community, earned a designation as a 4 STAR Community for national excellence in sustainability, and continued progress toward our sustainability goals. Some of the additional initiatives that are underway include:

  • The Transportation Department will convert the City’s streetlights to high-efficiency LED fixtures over the next 18 months, saving an estimated 6.2 million kWh of electricity per year and an estimated 4.4 million tons of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of 10,246 barrels of oil.
  • The City’s General Services Department will convert 344 non-streetlight pole lights owned by Duke Energy on City property to LED fixtures.
  • The City’s Solid Waste Department is planning to launch a curbside composting service for residents in the next year, to reduce the amount of solid waste currently being landfilled.

Let Durham’s Earth Day Festival be a reminder and inspiration for the role you can play in creating a more sustainable community throughout the year – consider starting a carpool or taking public transportation, plant trees or pick up litter in your neighborhood, volunteer with DPR and local nonprofit organizations, find ways to reduce your water bill – there are so many ways to contribute. Durham is a great place to live, work, and play and we want to do our part to ensure that remains true for future generations.
View the Roadmap to Sustainability to learn more and get involved.

City of Durham News

Latino Credit Union receives 2019 Golden Leaf Award

2019 Golden Leaf Award Winners Honored

Last week, a total of 10 projects were honored for excellence in design and preservation of their properties at the 2019 Golden Leaf Awards. This year, 27 entries were judged in the following six categories: Large Development; Small Development; Adaptive Reuse: Large Scale; Adaptive Reuse: Small Scale; Hearth and Home; Lawn and Landscape; and Keep Durham Beautiful. Poster boards with information on the winning projects are now on display in the lower lobby of City Hall until May 7, 2019.  Learn more.

Human Relations Advocacy Award Winners Recognized

On April 23, The Durham Human Relations Commission recognized four award winners who have distinguished themselves by contributing their time and talents to honor the spirit of servant leadership in Durham.  Learn more.

Durham Police Department National Night Out Registration Now Open

Register Your Event by July 12

On Tuesday, August 6, Durham will observe National Night Out (NNO), a nationwide crime prevention event. Residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors, law enforcement, and public safety partners. Neighborhoods, agencies, and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring an NNO event or promotion.  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 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.

Durham Hosts Vendors Evening Out on May 9

If your company offers services and/or goods that would be used by a government, come out and connect with other business owners and discover which opportunities are on the horizon for 2019. Learn more.

Photo Highlight

Community members play on the newly-painted, brightly-colored basketball courts at Hillside Park

Hillside Park Courts Get a Pop of Color Thanks to Grant Hill and Fila

Funding from former Duke and NBA basketball star Grant Hill's charitable foundation and sporting goods company Fila funded the recent renovation of three Hillside Park basketball courts. The courts were redesigned with a colorful mural by local artist Sarahlaine Calva and refurbished with new backboards, fencing, and landscaping. On Saturday, April 13, Hill came to Durham to attend the dedication ceremony.
Read more from the News & Observer.

Upcoming Events

Expanding Housing Choices Community Conversation

Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Walltown Park Recreation Center, 1308 W. Club Blvd.

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.

Durham Earth Day 2019 Festival

Sunday, April 28, 12–5 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. 

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more! Festival activities include live performances, Earth Day parade, environmentally friendly craft market, bike valet and check-ups, rock climbing wall, family fun zone, food trucks, and much more. Make sure to bring your own water bottle and fill up at the Durham H2O 2 Go station. Learn more.

Durham Earth Day 2019 Festival

50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, May 18, 12–8 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive

The national, award-winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019! This family-oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Festival activities will include live music, family fun zone, arts and crafts, ethnic food, local talent, and more. In addition, weekday events will take place May 1217 leading up to the big event on May 18. Learn more.

50th Annual Bimbe Festival Logo

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: Durham's 150 celebration is underway; Major the Bull celebrates 15 years; Design phase underway for trail projects; City supports two arts programs with funding; and progress update for Bike-Walk Plan.

A group of people standing in front of Major the Bull statue making bull sign with hands

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.

Durham Water Works for You

Help Durham Get Back to #1 - Durham #9 Blue Ribbon

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

With five days left to take the challenge, help Durham get back on top. Right now our city is in ninth place in the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. Take the pledge through April 30. It only takes a few seconds - visit, enter "Durham, NC," and pledge to save water. Take the pledge now.

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 29:
  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate waterline installation.
  • Shepherd Street will have traffic lane and sidewalk closures between W. Chapel Hill Street and Jackson Street 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 29:
  • 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 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. 

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

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper paid a visit to downtown Durham on Thursday, April 18 to the site of the North Duke Street gas explosion to assess the damage and speak with Durham County Government and and City leaders. Follow us @cityofdurhamnc.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper and Durham Mayor Steve Schewel view the gas explosion site

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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