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

June 21, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 20

Note From Tom

Summer in the City

Today is the first official day of summer – the humidity is here, the kids are out of school, and with the passing of the 2019-20 fiscal year budget, the Durham City Council is on recess until the week of July 22. It’s the time of year when many are fortunate to take time off to relax, but it won’t keep the City of Durham from staying busy all summer long.
We hope you take time to enjoy some of the fun the City has to offer this summer:

City of Durham News

Durham City Council Chambers

FY 2019-20 Budget Approved by City Council

On June 17, the City Council voted to approve a $477.8 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, funding the City's core operating costs as well as existing and new initiatives to address equity issues. The $477.8 million budget is a $32.6 million decrease from last year and includes a property tax rate of 53.17 cents per $100 of accessed value. Funded initiatives include affordable housing, participatory budgeting, pavement preservation, water and sewer improvements, and more. Learn more.

Headshot of Durham City Attorney Kimberly Rehberg

Rehberg Sworn in as New City Attorney

Kimberly Rehberg was sworn-in as the new City Attorney during the June 17 City Council meeting. Rehberg brings nearly 20 years of legal experience in local government, including 14 years with the Durham City Attorney's office where she served as interim city attorney since March 2019 and previously as a senior assistant city attorney. Rehberg received her Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Durham Launches Jobs Program for Justice-Involved Residents

The City of Durham will help justice-involved residents find work through the launch of a new Transitional Jobs Program that will provide temporary, wage-paying jobs including benefits as well as support services. Learn more.

Durham’s Participatory Budgeting Winning Projects Announced

After a month of voting and more than 10,000 votes on how to spend $2.4 million, the results are in for Durham’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process. Learn more.

Durham Fleet Department Ranks Ninth in the Nation

On June 18, the Durham Fleet Department earned the ninth spot in Government Fleet Magazine's rankings for the top 20 leading fleets in the country. Learn more.

Durham Seeks Neighborhoods Projects for Matching Grant Program

Residents who want make their neighborhoods a better place to live, work, play, and shop may apply for up to $2,500 for their project through the City of Durham Neighborhood Matching Grants Program. Applications accepted through July 31. Learn more.

Innovate Durham Seeks Entrepreneurs for 2019 Program

Local startups and entrepreneurs looking for a way to develop and test their products and services can now apply for the 2019 Innovate Durham program. Applications accepted until July 22. Learn more.

Registration for the Citizen Police Academy is Underway

Learn about the operations and services of the Durham Police Department in the 2019 Citizen Police Academy. Applications are being accepted for the free six-week academy which will run August 20 through October 1, 2019. Learn more.

PLEASE NOTE: Duke Energy notified the City that it will be working on tree trimming in the Hope Valley area in the next two weeks to increase clearance around power lines. Affected areas include Hope Valley Road, NC Highway 54, Fayetteville Road, Shearwater Drive, Renaissance Parkway, Highgate Drive, St. Gile Drive, and Cook Road. Questions or comments can be directed to Indira Everett with Duke Energy.

Photo Highlight

City of Durham General Services employees, Jina Propst and Stacey Poston, and Durham Arts Council Executive Director Sherry DeVries at Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

Corcoran Garage Art Banner Wrap of the Durham SmART Program Selected for National Recognition

On June 14, Americans for the Arts honored “Durham in Continuum” - Durham SmART Corcoran Garage Art Banner Wrap as part of the Americans for the Arts 2019 Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review. The banner is among 50 outstanding public art projects created in 2018 that have been selected to be recognized through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Chosen by public art experts, the roster of selected projects was unveiled at the Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention in Minneapolis. Durham Arts Council Executive Director Sherry DeVries and City of Durham General Services employees Jina Propst and Stacy Poston are pictured above at the conference.

Upcoming Events

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

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: New restaurants to open in retail space at Morgan-Rigsbee Garage; implementation of the trails and greenway plan; new tool ranks pavement condition; significant pavement project underway soon; and plans for ongoing road preservation. Watch now.

Bull City Wrap Host Amy Blalock discusses new tenants coming to the Morgan Rigsbee Garage

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 24:

  • 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.
  • 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 24:

  • 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 water line 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: You don’t need to overwater your grass just because it’s hot outside. Step on your lawn – if the grass springs back up, it doesn’t need water.

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

We love the American Dance Festival (ADF) pop-up in the City Hall Lobby! Our employees & visitors enjoyed the performance! Additional ADF events and performances take place through July. Follow us @cityofdurhamnc.

ADF Dancers dance in the City Hall lobby

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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