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

July 26, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 24

Note from Tom


Durham Named the Number Four Best-Run City in America


Earlier this month, Durham earned the number four ranking on Wallet Hub’s list of the 150 Best-Run Cities in America. The rankings were calculated based on 37 metrics across six categories including financial stability, education, safety, economy, and quality of city services.
 
As a City Manager, it is rewarding to see third-party sources validating the hard work that City employees do every day to make Durham a great place to live, work, and play. Of course, we have to consider this alongside our own measures to ensure that we continue to fulfill our strategic plan and meet the needs of our residents.

If you haven’t already, make sure to visit Engage Durham to learn about our current initiatives, including our Comprehensive Plan update, Move Durham transportation study, Belt Line Trail project, and others. Your feedback and engagement is key to help us continue to be a well-run city.

City of Durham News


Durham Offering Grant Funds to Help Homeless Residents

Durham organizations that help homeless residents are now invited to apply for more than $780,000 in grant funds to help support their local efforts. Learn more.

Give Feedback on Public Art Concept for Black Wall Street Gardens

We need your input to help shape the future public art design concept for Black Wall Street Gardens in downtown Durham. View the concept, design intent, and take the online survey to share your thoughts with Artists David Wilson & Stephen Hayes. Learn more.

Durham's SEED Fellowship Highlighted in Next City Article

The article highlights the first year progress of the SEED Fellowship, a program which helps create business ownership opportunities for communities of color. Progress in Durham includes the first-ever citywide business survey, data analysis of black-owned businesses, and work to create a website for small businesses resources. Learn more.


Provide Input on Durham's ADA Transition Plan by July 29

Do you have concerns or suggestions on how the City of Durham can be more accessible for people with disabilities? Share your feedback through July 29 via an online survey available in both English and Spanish. Learn more.

Six Days Left to Apply for Neighborhood Matching Grants 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.

Photo Highlight


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

Lovely Weather, Lovely Views of Durham

A City of Durham employee captured this colorful view from City Hall during this week's milder weather. The City looks photo-ready with its public art on display under blue skies.

Upcoming Events


Placemaking at HeadquARTers Celebration

Tuesday, July 30, 3:00 p.m.
Police Headquarters and Emergency Communications Center, 602 E. Main St.

The City of Durham, community partners, and residents are invited to celebrate and view three new public art works at police headquarters - Woven Shield, Sewing Peace, and Culture of Transparency. The event will include remarks from Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, Durham Technical Community College President Dr. William Ingram, and two of the artists. 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.

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National Night Out 2019

Tuesday, August 6
Various times and locations throughout Durham

Be a part of community-building in Durham on National Night Out, an opportunity to strengthen relationships between neighbors and law enforcement. The Durham Police Department has 91 neighborhoods registered to participate. Find out what is happening in your community by contacting your neighborhood association or calling 919-560-4322. 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: Take our Accessibility Survey; learn about the Junior Fire Marshal Academy; request financial support for festivals and events; celebrate national recognition for the SmART Program; and recognize recent Durham Fire Academy graduates. Watch now.
Screenshot of firefighter rescue training

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 29:

  • 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 29:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water Tip of the Week: Enjoy washing your car in the summer? Be sure to use a bucket with environmentally friendly cleaners instead of leaving the hose running.  When rinsing, use a hose quipped with a nozzle which helps reduce water waste. If possible, wash your car on the grass to help reduce runoff … and water your lawn!

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.


Follow us @CityofDurhamNC on social:

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Social Spotlight

Durham Police Department Chief CJ Davis is working to form an Inter-Faith Council comprised of a diverse group of faith leaders in Durham. The group met Wednesday, July 24 at police headquarters to continue to build the foundation of this collaborative effort. Follow the Durham Police Department on Twitter @DurhamPoliceNC.

Screenshot of Twitter post shows Police Chief CJ Davis leading a group discussion

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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