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

June 28, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 21

Note From Tom

Are You Civically Engaged?

When you think about Independence Day, things like fireworks, barbecues, baseball games, and patriotic songs may come to mind. In addition to the celebratory aspect of the holiday, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the history and government of the United States. No matter how you observe the holiday, it’s a good time to think about your role in the community and ways to get civically engaged.
Every year, the Durham Neighborhood College offers an opportunity for residents to learn more about the inner workings of Durham’s City and County governments. Applications are now open for this year’s unique chance to meet some of your local officials, connect with other residents, and find ways to play an active role in the community. For those interested in law enforcement, the Durham Police Department is also recruiting for its Citizen Police Academy which focuses on the operations and services of the department, including simulation scenarios and ride-alongs.
The City and County have also launched the EngageDurham initiative to ensure that all Durham voices are heard as the future of the City is shaped through projects like the Comprehensive Plan, as well as public transit and trail projects. Through the end of today, you can nominate yourself to be part of the outreach team, or you can sign up for updates to stay informed on the project.
These are just a few of the current engagement opportunities available to Durham residents, but there are many ways to get involved throughout the year – attend a City Council meeting, consider joining a board or commission, and make sure to vote in November and participate in the upcoming 2020 Census.
Please note: Next week the City Manager’s Report will take a break, but will return on July 12, 2019. The City of Durham wishes everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July.

City of Durham News

Fireworks over the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Most City of Durham Offices Closed July 4

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Police, fire, and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency concerns may be directed to 919-560-4600. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City services and programsLearn more.

Move Durham Transportation Study Releases Roadway Design Concepts

If you live or travel in and around downtown and the central area of the Bull City, the City of Durham Transportation Department now has design concepts for eight corridors ready for review and feedback. Learn more.

Durham Converts Existing Streetlights to Energy-Saving LEDs

Over the next 18 months, residents may observe the Bull City’s more than 20,000 existing streetlights being converted to high-efficiency LEDs, all thanks to a partnership between the City of Durham and Duke Energy Carolinas. Learn more.

Photo Highlight

Participants in the Durham Police Department Explorers program get ready to board a bus and head to Pilot Mountain

Durham Police Explorers Group Takes On Pilot Mountain

Today, participants in the Durham Police Department's Police Explorers program are embarking on a physical challenge to hike Pilot Mountain. The Explorers program gives youth the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement through training, practical experiences, and other activities. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

2019 USTA NC 40 & Over State Championship Games

Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30
Various events and locations in Durham
For the first time in history, Durham will host more than 1,200 United States Tennis Association players from across the state who will face off at 14 different sites throughout Durham. 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.

Durham is Game On for Park and Recreation Month This July

Various dates and locations throughout the month of July
Join Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for a month full of special events and opportunities to get involved and get active at local parks and recreation centers. The month-long celebration aims to highlight the important role that parks and recreation programs play in conservation, health and wellness, social equity, and community engagement. 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: Approved $477.8 million budget for the coming year; how to have a say in Durham's future; getting around town in a scooter; new jobs program for justice-involved residents; and upcoming Independence Day Celebration. Watch now.

Bull City Wrap Host Amy Blalock discusses the upcoming Independence Celebration

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 July 1:

  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have lane and on-street parking closures to accommodate pavement installation.
  • 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 July 1:

  • 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: Summertime usually means kids spend more time at home. This also means more wear & tear on toilets. Keep an eye on your fixtures and know how to identify leaks … and also how to repair them (hint – when in doubt, start at the flapper).

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

Almost 12,000 trips have been taken since the launch of the e-scooter program just two weeks ago! Find additional stats below and follow the Durham Transportation Department to learn more @movesafedurham.

Almost 12,000 trips have been taken since the launch of the e-scooter program just two weeks ago!

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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