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

May 31, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 17

Note from Tom


Weigh in on $476.2 Million Proposed Budget at Monday's Public Hearing

This week, as things heated up outside, inside City Hall, the City of Durham’s 26 department leaders presented their fiscal year 2019-2020 strategic plans and financial needs to City Council. These work sessions took place over two days, covering the specifics of the proposed $476.2 million budget and a review of each department’s accomplishments and future initiatives.

A lot of exciting initiatives were discussed with an emphasis on equity and engagement, including: funding for affordable housing, support for justice-involved residents, creation of the Department of Equity and Inclusion, implementation of the City’s first participatory budgeting process, and increased community engagement through the Equitable Engagement Blueprint.

The community will have a final opportunity to provide feedback at next week’s City Council Meeting on Monday, June 3, which includes a public hearing on the proposed budget. Although the 300+ page budget report and supporting documents may not be everyone’s idea of summer reading, they are available online and provide insight and transparency into the City’s work.

It is our responsibility to create a financial plan that responds to the needs and desires of our community, and your feedback helps us make sure we are doing that. As the budget process wraps up in June, here are a few ways to stay informed and engaged:

City of Durham News


Last Day to Help Durham Spend $2.4 Million on Community Projects

Vote for Participatory Budgeting projects through May 31

Join the more than 8,500 Durham residents and students (ages 13 and up) who already cast their votes to help the City of Durham select the winning community projects to be implemented over the next three fiscal years. In 2018, Durham City Council allocated $2.4 million to fund the projects selected by the community. Learn more.

Volunteer for the Durham Public Schools (DPS) Summer Meals Program

Sign up by May 31 to serve meals, lead activities, or provide outreach efforts

The City of Durham received a CHAMPS grant allowing DPS to increase the number of sites providing meals to combat food insecurity during the summer. Now additional volunteers are needed to help ensure that children ages 1-18 receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks while school is out for the summer. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


A Durham Police Department officer passes the torch to a Raleigh police officer during the North Carolina Torch Run Relay

Durham Police Department Runs Relay to Benefit NC Special Olympics

On Thursday, May 30, Durham Police Department officers and non-sworn staff ran 10 miles as part of the 2019 North Carolina Torch Run Relay benefiting North Carolina Special Olympics. This year, DPD raised more than $2,000 to support the organization, adding to the $55,000 raised since 2008. After completing their leg of the race, DPD passed the baton to the Raleigh Police Department to continue the run.

Upcoming Events



Free E-Waste, Textile Recycling, and Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd.

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), old textiles, and clothing, or to shred confidential documents should attend the City of Durham’s E-Waste, Textile Recycling, and Paper Shredding event. Learn more.

Public Hearing for 2019-2020 Proposed Budget at City Council Meeting

Monday, June 3, 7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza

This coming Monday is the final opportunity for the community to give input on the proposed $476.2 million budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. This agenda item is part of the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting.


Durham Parks & Recreation Teen Float with Floats

Friday, June 7, 4–6 p.m.

West Point on the Eno Environmental Education Pavilion, 5253 N Roxboro St.

Teens ages 13-17 will enjoy this float down the Eno River with a root beer float in hand! DPR will provide the flotation devices and root beer floats for a relaxing ride. Learn more.


East Coast Greenway Cross-Triangle Ride

Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Southpoint Crossing Trailhead, Southpoint Crossing Dr.

Enjoy this unique, recreational ride from Durham to Cary to Raleigh on protected greenways. Durham Parks & Recreation representatives will be on hand to provide water and fuel at the south Durham rest stop along the route. 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: $476 million proposed budget; construction update for Willard Street Apartments in downtown; DPAC to get new state-of-the-art audio system; stormwater infrastructure repair project underway; and the next street repaving and repair project. Watch now

Bull City Wrap Host Amy Blalock discusses the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget

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 June 3:
  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate waterline installation and pavement repairs.
  • Shepherd Street will have traffic lane and sidewalk closures between W. Chapel Hill Street and Jackson Street to accommodate waterline installation and pavement repairs.
  • Buchanan Boulevard will have southbound lane closures between W. Main Street and W. Chapel Hill Street.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

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 June 3:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • 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. 
Water Tip of the Week: Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.

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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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In 1958, the City of Durham Fire Department hired its first African-American fire company. George W. “Buck” King is one of two remaining members. George retired in 1993 after 35 years of public service. As we celebrate Durham's 150th anniversary of incorporation, we hope you find inspiration in his story. Follow us @cityofdurhamnc.

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