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

August 30, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 29

Note from Tom


A Note of Thanks on Labor Day

As we head into Labor Day weekend, I want to thank the City of Durham employees who work hard every day to keep our city running, including many who work on holidays, nights, and weekends. I get to witness the dedication of our more than 2,600 employees firsthand, but I know it's not just my personal opinion. Earlier this summer, Durham was named the 4th Best Run City in America based on a variety of factors including our quality of services. And our 2019 Resident Satisfaction Survey shows that Durham sets the standard for quality of services and customer service, receiving a 63 percent rating in both areas, which is 23 and 10 percent above the national average.

We hope that many of our employees and residents get a chance to enjoy a well-deserved break this Labor Day. And a special thanks to those employees who will be working through the weekend, including our public safety personnel and staff in various departments. Thank you for all you do to keep our city running strong.

City of Durham News



2019 Innovate Durham Partners Chosen

The City, County, and Durham Public Schools staff collaboratively chose six partners for the 2019 Innovate Durham cohort, a program that allows startups and entrepreneurs to use local government as a lab to test out an idea, product, or service by getting access to local government staff, data, and facilities. The startups were chosen from 28 applicants and will spend the next 12 weeks testing out innovative solutions to local challenges. Learn more about the selected startups.

Durham Seeks Equitable Community Engagement Request for Proposals

The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is now seeking proposals from community-rooted organizations with experience structuring and managing a multi-phase community outreach process that can reach, involve, and engage diverse audiences in discussing engagement concerns as well as in developing equitable engagement goals and strategies. Learn more and apply by September 12.

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 about the City's holiday schedule.

Photo Highlight


City of Durham employees attend the engagement fair

Scenes from the 2019 Employee Engagement Expo

On Wednesday, City of Durham employees had the opportunity to enjoy food, fun, and prizes while learning about opportunities to get more engaged at work and in the community. If you are interested in working for the City of Durham, explore our current job openings.

Upcoming Events


7th Annual UniRumba en Fiestas Patrias

Sunday, Sept. 15, Noon-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.

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The Durham Art Council's Annual CenterFest

Saturday, Sept. 21 & Sunday, Sept. 22
Downtown Durham

SAVE THE DATE! The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 45th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival to downtown Durham on Sept 21 & 22, 2019. Visual artists from near and far will showcase their work, and 75 performing arts groups provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday evening entertainment. Add in food courts, hands on activities and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sectors and you have the best way to kick off the fall season!  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: 
Updates to the Durham County Transit Plan; Dead-end city street may close for redevelopment; Fighting childhood hunger in Durham; Survey on possible toll lanes in the Triangle; and opportunity to help reach underrepresented groups. 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 September 2:

  • No work is scheduled for Monday, September 2 (Labor Day).
  • 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 Maxwell Ave.
  • 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 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 September 2:

  • No work is scheduled for Monday, September 2 (Labor Day).
  • 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: Still adjusting to the back-to-school routine? Make nightly meal prep slightly easier by planning ahead. Avoid running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Instead, defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.

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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

New public art coming soon to downtown Durham! Cornelio Campos and Cecilia Lueza are painting two community murals inspired by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as a partnership between our Cultural & Public Art Program, Durham Convention Center, and NC Museum of Art. Unveiling is scheduled for next week! Follow us @CityofDurhamNC.

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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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