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

August 9, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 26

Note from Tom


Building Community Connections During National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime provides a special opportunity for our police officers and City staff to build relationships in neighborhoods throughout Durham. This year was another success, with more than 90 NNO sites coordinated by the Durham Police Department (DPD). We are proud to say that DPD administrators, officers, and employees attended each of the sites and had a great time!

I believe it’s important for the City’s executive team and staff to participate, and each year a group from the City’s Managers Office visits events in each of Durham’s five police districts. What strikes me every time is the warm welcome and open invitation to join each community’s celebration. In Lyon Park, longtime resident Hazeline Umstead hosts an event at her home with a huge spread of food including fried fish, collards, mac and cheese, and pig’s feet, which our Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson tried for the first time this year. In McDougald Terrace, you may have seen Police Chief Davis doing the wobble with a group of residents; or at Golden Belt, your children may have touched a fire truck for the first time.

In visiting each community, we get a chance to talk, laugh, eat, and even dance with the residents that we serve every day. We get to hear their perspectives and have a better understanding of their experiences in Durham. Thank you to all the residents who welcomed us for a great night of community building, and for the efforts of our Police Department and City staff. If you haven’t participated before, I encourage you to mark your calendar for next year’s event on Tuesday, August 4. 

City of Durham News


Hillside Park Basketball Courts Recognized for its New Look

On Monday night, Durham Parks and Recreation received the North Carolina Great Places Award for the Hillside Park basketball court renovation project. The renovations include three outdoor basketball courts, new backboards, updates to the fencing and landscaping, and colorful artwork by local artist Sarahlaine Calva. Learn more.

Willard Street Apartments Interest Form Now Available

Residents who are interested in living downtown in affordable housing at Willard Street Apartments can now sign up to be notified when the application process is available. The four-story building is now under construction and expected to open in 2020 with 82 apartment homes and street-level retail space. Please note this is not a wait list for an apartment. Learn more.


Fleet Department Recognized with Green Fleet Award

The City of Durham Fleet Department placed 18th in the national Green Fleet Awards recognizing cities for successful green fleet planning and implementation. Criteria for the award includes composition of fleet vehicles (conventional gas or diesel vs. hybrid,electric, or alternative fuel), use of renewable fuels, emissions criteria, planning and investment in green technologies, training, and more. Learn more.


Provide Feedback on Move Durham Transportation Study Through 8/31

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.

If you are one of the approximately 3,000 water customers impacted by the recent back-billing issue, read the latest update in a letter from Water Management Director Don Greeley.

Photo Highlight


Collage of images from National Night Out 2019

Scenes from National Night Out 2019

On Tuesday, August 6, Durham neighborhoods observed the 36th Annual National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime. Durham Police Department officers and staff as well as City of Durham officials and staff visited neighborhood events across the city. Top photo: Police Chief Davis dances alongside residents at McDougald Terrace; bottom-left photo: City of Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, Durham County Chair Wendy Jacobs, and City staff member Carmen Ortiz kick off the 2020 Census during the El Centro Hispano NNO event at Lakewood Shopping Center; bottom-right photo: Executive Assistant Norma Washington from the City Manager's Office poses next to a police motorcycle.

Upcoming Events


Blood Drive at the City of Durham Public Works Operation Center

Wednesday, August 14, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
There is always a need for blood donations. Consider giving at the upcoming City of Durham blood drive which is open to the public. Register at the American Red Cross website. Learn more.

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City in the Park

Friday, August 16, 3-6 p.m.
W.D. Hill at Hillside Park, 1301 S. Roxboro St.

Interested in free food, free school supplies, and free bike helmets (while supplies last) PLUS a chance to win a free kids' bike? Join us for “City in the Park,” a community event designed to get your input on the Move Durham Transportation Study! Come join us and check out all the departments and community partners that will have tables, info, and swag at this event! 
Learn more.

Graduation of Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy #49

Thursday, August 22, 6 p.m.
Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.

Join us as we recognize the accomplishments of the newest class of BLET Academy graduates. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 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: 
In This Issue: Renovations and public art at Morreene Rd. Park; Three new pieces of public art at Police & 911 Headquarters; Fire and EMS Station 17 Using Solar Power; Grant opportunity for programs that support homeless residents; and National Night Out. Watch now.
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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 August 12:

  • 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 to accommodate waterline installation and pavement repairs.
  • 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 August 12:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as storm water work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as storm water work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water Tip of the Week: Do you know where you main shut off valve is? Should a pipe burst or other plumbing catastrophe occur in your home, knowing where this valve is and how to operate it can save you a lot of headache, so be sure to find it before an emergency and make sure everyone in the household knows where it’s located and how to turn it off.

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Social Spotlight

Awesome job by our Durham Fire Department team at the Durham Bike Co-op mobile clinic for Cornwallis Road Apartments! Follow us on Twitter @CityofDurhamNC.

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