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

June 14, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 19

Note From Tom

Developing The City of Durham’s Language Access Plan 

During the recent budget process, I’ve shared a lot of information about the City’s FY 19-20 budget, which includes a range of initiatives to address equity issues. One of those efforts is the development of the City’s first Language Access Plan to help increase community engagement and ensure Durham continues to be a welcoming place to live.
This plan demonstrates the City’s intent to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits excluding people, based on race, color or national origin, from activities, services or programs that receive federal funding. But it’s not just about compliance – it’s essential for our community that is home to a large population of Spanish-speaking residents who have limited English proficiency.
The plan, which will be implemented over the next few years, will provide free interpretation service when needed, as well as translation of vital documents such as certain applications, consent forms, and other public safety documents. The City will use bilingual employees for some interpretation needs, but will also contract with language service providers.
Language barriers should never be a roadblock to civic engagement or community involvement. The Language Access Plan is one effort toward our mission to make Durham a diverse, welcoming, and innovative community. 

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City of Durham News

Four Companies Debut E-Scooter Service in Durham

Starting June 13, electric scooters will now be a transportation option in Durham. Four licensed operators - Bird, Gotcha, Lime, and Spin - will each place up to 200 e-scooters within the city initially. A demonstration was held for the public on June 11. Learn more.

Durham Seeks Outreach Team Participants for New Comprehensive Plan

The City-County Planning Department seeks community feedback as it works to update the all-encompassing Comprehensive Plan, which impacts the community's land use, housing, transportation, and natural environment. Apply by June 28 to help shape Durham's future. Learn more.

Durham Debuts New Pavement Condition Map

Wondering how the pavement on your neighborhood street ranks? A new online map displays the 2018 pavement condition index rating for 780 miles of City-maintained streets. Learn more.

Photo Highlight

City of Durham employee talking to a reporter while giving blood

City of Durham Employees Donate Blood During Supply Shortage

On Wednesday, June 12, City of Durham employees participated in the American Red Cross blood drive, providing 20 units of blood to help replenish the local blood supply following the April gas explosion. The Red Cross reported it sent 284 units of blood to Duke Health where many of the explosion victims were treated. The Red Cross will be hosting more blood drives across Durham throughout the weekend. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

9th Annual Driver Open Street Festival

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Located on South Driver Street between Taylor and Hart Streets
Join this day of outdoor play for families featuring 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.

Independence Day Celebration

Thursday, July 4, 6:05-10 p.m.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St.
Celebrate patriotism and civic pride with Durham Parks and Recreation, Durham Bulls, and USA Baseball! Attend the baseball game and enjoy a dynamic fireworks show following the game. Learn more.

Renewable Energy Nosh N' Learn

Tuesday, July 9, 9-10 a.m.
Neighborhood Improvement Services Building 2, 807 E. Main St. #300
Join the Bull City Workplace Challenge to learn about options for renewable energy in your workplace. Learn more.

Now Showing On Durham Television Network

New City Life Episode: City Response to North Duke Street Explosion

April 10 is a day Durham will always remember. It was the day that a tragic explosion caused by a gas leak destroyed a building and lives at 115 North Duke Street. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson and Fire Chief Robert Zoldos to talk about the City’s response to this disaster as well as procedures and precautions that are taken to prevent these types of events from happening in the first place.

City of Durham Fire Chief Bob Zoldos and Deputy Manager Bo Ferguson sit at the City Life interview table

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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 17:

  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate 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.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate sanitary sewer investigations and rehabilitation.

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 17:

  • 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: What’s your street number? Are you following the City’s mandatory odd-even watering schedule? Odd addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; even addresses on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Learn more at

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Social Spotlight

E-scooters are here! Earlier this week, our Transportation team held an e-scooter demonstration with Bird, Gotcha, Limebike, and Spin, which rolled out their e-scooters in Durham on Thursday. For more details about this new program, including FAQs and how to report issues directly to these operators,visit the Transportation Department webpageFollow us @cityofdurhamnc.

Screenshot of Facebook post shows scooters parked in front of Durham Station

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