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

August 23, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 28

Note from Tom

Finding a Solution

On Thursday, City and County government leaders, our law enforcement agencies, along with the Durham District Attorney’s office and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina held a press conference to jointly address what has become obvious to us all, and most painfully to the families of the victims, the increasing number of gun crimes. While we are troubled to hear about the primarily young adult, teenage, and even children whose lives ended way too soon, what is often left out are the others who continue to live with the fear associated with the daily sound of gun fire. We know the answer to lighten this heavy cloud over our city is complex, and not simply a matter of police staffing or enforcement.

Addressing this issue requires resources and support from federal, state, and local partners, and that commitment was made clear in yesterday’s press conference. A recent report, “Felons with Firearms in Durham County,” shows 363 arrests for possessing firearms as a felon from 2016 to 2018. The report indicated that 53% of those cases were voluntarily dismissed. While the reasons for the dismissals may vary, it’s not new news, and certainly not to the felons, who, according to the report felt the consequences are minimal to none for being caught with a gun. The information shared in the report is enlightening, and highlights an area that must be addressed in our combined efforts to tackle this problem that continues to plague our community.

The City Administration continues to work closely with Chief Davis and the Durham Police Department to determine every way to respond to the increased gun violence in our community so that every family can be and feel safe in every neighborhood in Durham. Anyone who has information about recent crimes in Durham, is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200.

View the press conference to address recent violent crime.

City of Durham News

Attend Info Sessions to Learn About New Parking Garage Equipment

With parking in high demand, the City is rolling out new equipment to provide more payment locations and options. During August and September, the Transportation Department will hold nine drop-in style info sessions to help customers get familiar with the new equipment. Learn more.

City of Durham Annual Sewer System Report Released

View the Water Management Department's latest Annual Sewer System Report which outlines wastewater treatment processes, compliance with permit conditions, and maintenance activities in the collection system. Learn more.

Chapel Hill Road Transit Survey

The City of Durham Transportation Department is gathering public input on a project that will make Chapel Hill Road safer and more comfortable for people who walk and ride the bus. This project includes the construction of sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus stop improvements between Lakewood Avenue and Morehead Avenue. These improvements are funded with revenue from the Durham County Transit Tax. Take the online survey in English or Spanish to provide your feedback by Monday, Sept. 2.

Most City of Durham Offices Closed for Labor Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and other non-emergency City operations, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Residents are asked to note changes in city-provided services and programs. Learn more.

Photo Highlight

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Colorful Blooms Adorn City Hall

You may have noticed the work of the General Services Department in front of City Hall. Their team works hard every season to keep our facilities looking nice and inviting with beautiful flowers and plantings.

Upcoming Events

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UniRumba en Fiestas Patrias

Sunday, Sept. 15, 12-6 p.m.
2000 Avondale Dr.

Hosted by Univision 40 and Durham Parks and Recreation, this free family event offers live music, games, and food. Enjoy local talent, meet on-air personalities, and learn about non-profit organizations. This event kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.
Learn more.

Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Tickets on Sale Now

Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health will be a culminating event of Durham 150, the official yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham’s incorporation. The Closing Ceremony will explore the history of Durham through narration, video, live performance and music. 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: 
A section of Arnette Ave. is closed for repair; Efforts to comply with the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Strategy; Updates on bicycle and pedestrian projects; Education around walking and bicycling to school; and Durham Police Athletic League. Watch now.
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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 August 26:

  • Peabody Street will have eastbound lane closures between W. Main Street and Duke Street.
  • 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 sidewalk installation.
  • No work will take place on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday (Labor Day).

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 26:

  • 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: Make water efficiency a part of your back-to-school routine! Set the example by showing children how easy and effective good water-saving habits can be! Simple things like taking short showers and reusing your towels before washing them are great easy ways to get started (and can help save you time in the mornings too).

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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You can count on Durham, but can Durham count on you? Check out our 30+ Boards, Committees, and Commissions and apply today to serve YOUR Bull City! To learn more, watch the new promo video or view current vacancies. 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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