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

June 7, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 18

Note from Tom


Thoughts and Prayers for Our Virginia Beach Colleagues

It’s a troubling time in our country when mass shootings are in the news more often than city council meetings. Last week’s tragic shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Building hit particularly close to home—eleven city employees and one contractor lost their lives, and four others were left injured, while working to support the City of Virginia Beach. Together they gave more than 150 combined years of service to the city.
 
As I watched Virginia Beach’s City Manager, Dave Hansen, give what must have been the most difficult press conference of his career, I thought of the more than 2,600 employees that I am proud and honored to work alongside at the City of Durham. We send our love and support to the citizens and employees of Virginia Beach as they work to recover and rebuild the community that they work hard to serve every day. 

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City of Durham News


Local Law Enforcement Leaders Convene in Durham to Support National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday, June 7

Earlier today, law enforcement leaders throughout the state joined Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis to take a united stand against gun violence. The media event is now available to stream online. Learn more.

Durham's 2018 Water Quality Report Now Available

A mobile hydration station to promote Durham’s tap water; major improvement projects at the City’s water treatment plants and water reclamation facilities; and top honors for the state’s best tasting drinking waterthese and other achievements are highlighted in the 2018 water quality report, “Water Works for You. Learn more.

Durham YouthWork Internship Program Seeks Business Attire Donations

This summer, the Durham YouthWork Internship Program will host more than 180 interns, and many will need appropriate business attire. The program seeks clothing donations for young men and women of various ages, including gently worn or new items. Learn more.


Watch the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Proposed Budget Public Hearing

At the Monday's City Council meeting, the proposed budget was on the agenda with many residents and community members present to share their thoughts. If you missed it, you can catch the full discussion on demand. Learn more.


Make North Carolina Count: Apply Now for 2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting for temporary jobs to help conduct the 2020 Census count. Take part in this important process to make sure our community gets fair representation in Congress, access to financial resources, and to collect information to help plan for the future. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Corporal Roger Lafferty of the Durham Police Department K9 Unit grooms his canine partner "Daro"

Coming Soon to Durham Works: Durham Police Department K9 Unit

Keep an eye out for the latest episode of Durham Works featuring Corporal Roger Lafferty and canine "Daro" from the Durham Police Department's K9 Unit. Daro is often mistaken as a German Shepard but is actually a Belgian Malinois, a common breed for police and military work. The police department has nine police canine positions, using the dogs to track suspects, locate missing persons, search buildings, find articles such as weapons, and sniffing out narcotics. The handlers and their canines spend a lot of time together, working closely to train and develop a strong bond. Learn more in the next Durham Works episode to be released later this summer.

Upcoming Events


Cool Off at DPR's Outdoor Pools, Now Open for the Season

Starting Friday, June 7, Various Locations

As of today, Long Meadow Pool and Hillside Pool (and sprayground) are open for summer funcome take a dip, exercise, or take swimming lessons. Later this month, Forest Hills Pool will open after resurfacing which is planned for Thursday, June 20. Learn more.

Community Engagement: Downtown Durham Pedestrian Crossing Art

Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.12 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Give your input at this drop-in style opportunity to provide feedback on ground plane art that will be installed around pedestrian crosswalks on Foster, Corcoran, and Blackwell Streets. Meet the artists, view the proposed sites, and share your thoughts. Learn more.


Keep Durham Beautiful Pollinator Garden Grand Opening

Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
Keep Durham Beautiful, 2011 Fay St.

Help celebrate the completion of the Keep Durham Beautiful Pollinator Garden and the kickoff of pollinator week. RSVP requested for planning purposes. 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: Third Quarter Financial Report offers positive outlook; survey measures City's employee engagement; City efforts to provide language access services; property and zoning data available with Durham Maps tool; and donation of pet masks. Watch now

Host Amy Blalock discusses the City's third quarter financial report

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.

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.

Apologies for any inconvenience, but we will be back with weekly waterline project updates next week.

Water tip of the week: June is a great time to rethink your green thumb. Watering deeply but less frequently helps promote strong root growth and makes your plants more drought tolerant.

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

From those of us in the Bull City, we send our love to our fellow local government public servants in Virginia Beach, VA. Our hearts are broken for you and our thoughts are with you. On behalf of our 2,600 City of Durham employees, we stand with you as you remain #VBStrong. Follow us @cityofdurhamnc.

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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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