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

July 19, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 23

City of Durham News



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Durham Invites Community to Celebrate New Public Art Installations at Police Headquarters

Three new pieces of public art will soon be on display in the Bull City, and the public is invited to see the pieces unveiled later this month. On Tuesday, July 30 at 3 p.m., the new works will be celebrated at the Durham Police Headquarters and Emergency Communications Center. According to Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, who will speak at the event, "Woven Shield, Sewing Peace, and Culture of Transparency are creative and engaging reminders to police employees and residents alike of the safety and relationship ideals we collectively aim to achieve." 
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Durham Fire and EMS Station 17 Unveils First Solar Array

Beginning this week, the first solar electric array on the co-shared Durham Fire and EMS Station 17 is now converting sunlight to electricity. The array will generate approximately 60,000 kWh of electricity annually, which is about 60% of the facility’s annual consumption, and a savings of approximately $5,518 per year. Learn more.

Results from $3 Million Falls Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program

A new report on the water quality in Falls Lake could impact stormwater and sewer rates for years to come in Durham. Data from this 51-week study will now be used to help improve rules for managing water quality in the lake. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Public officials and project stakeholders break ground at the Willard Street Affordable Housing Apartment Community

Breaking Ground on New Affordable Housing Community

On Tuesday, July 16, public officials and project partners gathered to break ground on the Willard Street Apartment community. Backed by a public-private partnership, the project will bring affordable housing and commercial space to the corner of Willard and Jackson streets. Expected to open in December 2020, it will be the City's first newly-constructed, 100% affordable community available to households earning 60% or less of area median income (AMI), or $50,880 for a family of four. Learn more.

Upcoming Events


‘The Mix at Durham Station’ Greets Travelers with Music and Food  

Third Fridays (starting July 19) from 3:306:30 p.m. at Durham Station
GoDurham and Downtown Durham, Inc. are partnering to bring music and food to travelers and members of the community at the Durham Station Transportation Center from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Third Fridays. “The Mix at Durham Station” debuts today with sounds from DJ PiddiPat and food from So Good Pupusas. 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: Move Durham Transportation Study seeks feedback; Rededication of the Durham Convention Center; Durham Neighborhood College accepts applications; Participatory Budgeting results; and new public art at Durham Police Headquarters. Watch now.
Screenshot of host Amy Blalock discussing Durham Neighborhood College

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 22:

  • 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 22:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Geer Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Washington Street between Trinity Avenue and W. 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: Moisture meters are a must-have for any lawn lover. Don’t have one yet? Grab a chopstick. Insert the stick two inches into your soil and leave it there. After 10 minutes, remove the stick – if it has a water mark, your soil is moist. If the chopstick is dry, so is your soil, and it’s time to 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

Visitors to Morreene Road Park will notice renovations and new public art thanks to a just-completed project at the site of the City's first ADA-accessible playground. Improvements include groundscaping and athletic court renovations, addition of new ADA-accessible pathways, and installation of a public art piece that spans throughout the park's railings and sidewalks. Follow us @CityofDurhamNC.

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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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