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

May 17, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 15

Note from Tom

Getting Better with Time: A Budget Proposal to Fund Durham’s Future

After almost six months of planning, two budget retreats, and a public hearing, on Monday, May 20 during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, I will present the proposed 2019-2020 budget to City Council and the residents of Durham. This year’s theme, Getting Better With Time, ties into Durham’s 150th anniversary and how we can effectively continue to meet the needs of this growing and vibrant city.

Developing the budget is an organization and community-wide effort that ensures that our financial plans support the City’s mission, and fund our priorities and projects now and into the future. The plan covers a lot of ground, but what most people want to know is how tax dollars are being spent. Last year, we talked about how our budget reflected significant occurrences in Durham over the previous year, and how the word “refresh” was at the forefront for us since our city has new energy as we have gone through a robust period of growth and revitalization. And, while there are no ‘beverages’ to accompany the budget presentation this year, I am confident it will be equally satisfying!

Like all City Council meetings, Monday’s meeting is open to the public and we invite you to attend. If you can’t be there, there are many ways to stay informed:
  • Attend in person Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers
  • Watch live on Durham Television Network (Spectrum ch. 8, Google Fiber ch. 8, Frontier ch. 70, and AT&T U-verse ch. 99) 
  • View the live stream on the City's website and follow live tweets during the meeting
  • Watch the May 21 segment of Bull City Today on YouTube
  • Review the proposed budget, which will be posted online by Tuesday, May 21
I look forward to sharing the proposal on Monday and am thankful to everyone who contributed to this point. There is still work ahead as the proposed budget is the starting point for deliberation and public hearings, with the goal of an adopted budget in June.

City of Durham News

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New Online Property & Zoning Mapping Tool

Durham Maps is a new tool that displays comprehensive property and zoning information along with current development activity. Features include property photos and on-the-fly reports, an array of base map and data layers, and over 10 years of case history including prior development approvals, building, and trade permits. The tool replaces and brings together data previously contained in the City-County Zoning Atlas and Development Tracker (iMaps), and is the work of the City-County Development Services Center and the City's Technology Solutions Department. View map.

Durham Hosts North Duke Street Proposed Sidewalk Facilities Meeting

If you live, work, or travel along North Duke Street in Durham, mark your calendar for a meeting later this month to discuss pedestrian designs for this roadway. The May 28 drop-in style meeting seeks to collect resident input on design plans. Learn more.

Durham Fleet Management Recognized as a 100 Best Fleet for 2019

After winning a Government Fleet award in April, the Fleet Management team has done it again. They are included among the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, a program that recognizes and rewards peak-performing fleet operations. Learn more.

Expanding Housing Choices (EHC) Discussion Available Online

If you were not able to attend the May 14 City-County Planning Commission meeting, you can now watch the full discussion on demand. The meeting included continued discussion of the EHC initiative which seeks to increase residential housing supply and choices in high-demand neighborhoods around downtown. Learn more

Photo Highlight

Fire Captain Tina Hamlin and her dog, Jethro, give a demonstration of how firefighters use pet oxygen masks

Durham Fire Department Receives Donation of Pet Oxygen Masks

On Thursday, May 16 at Fire Station 9, the fire department accepted a donation of pet oxygen masks and Ambu bags from Eno Animal Hospital. Pet oxygen masks are specially shaped to fit over pets' snouts and can save lives after smoke inhalation. Durham firefighters have saved several pets using pet oxygen masks over the past few years. During the event, Captain Tina Hamlin and her dog, Jethro, demonstrated how firefighters use these masks to resuscitate pets rescued from burning buildings. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, May 18, Noon–8 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr.

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. Learn more.

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2019 Aging Well Event

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Durham County Human Services, 414 East Main St.

Come join us and find new ways to connect, create, and contribute to an age-friendly Durham and learn about volunteer opportunities and information related to: thriving as you age, Durham's Master Aging Plan update, an Alzheimer's program at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art, and more. Learn more.

City Manager Presents the Proposed 2019-2020 Budget

Monday, May 20, 7 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza, First Floor

City Manager Tom Bonfield will present the proposed 2019-2020 budget to City Council as part of the May 20 City Council Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will air live on Durham Television Network (Spectrum ch. 8, Google Fiber ch. 8, Frontier ch. 70, and AT&T U-verse ch. 99). There will also be a live stream from the City's website and live tweets during the meeting.

9th Annual Driver Open Street Festival

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Located on South Driver St. between Taylor and Hart Streets

Join this fun day of outside play for families including games, art, music, moonbounces, and a kids zone. Streets will be closed to traffic and open for community fun, so bring your bike, water bottle, sunscreen, and comfy clothes. 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: First Quarter Crime Report; Program to lessen negative impact of municipal fines and fees; Durham Youth Commission; Participatory Budgeting voting now open; and, National Night Out registration. Watch now

Members of the Durham Youth Commission speak before City Council

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

Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of May 20:
  • 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.
  • Buchanan Boulevard will have southbound lane closures between W. Main Street and W. Chapel Hill Street.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate sanitary sewer investigations and rehabilitation.
  • No work will take place on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday (Memorial Day).

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of May 20:
  • Madison Avenue will be closed as sanitary sewer work begins.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as sanitary sewer work begins.
  • Geer Street will be reduced to one lane as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Washington Street between Trinity Avenue and West Corporation Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend.
It’s easy to conserve water outside of your home as well. You can spruce up your sprinkler system in four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select. Inspect for leaks and damage, ensure all sprinkler heads and hoses are properly connected, direct sprinklers to only the landscape, and select a proper irrigation schedule and controller for your system.

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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Public art. Bus shelters with solar panels. Wi-Fi hotspot picnic tables. Pedestrian crossings. Now is your chance to voice your priorities in the first-ever participatory budgeting process for $2.4 million in projects in Durham neighborhoods. Vote between May 1-31. 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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