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

September 6, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 30

Note from Tom

Preparing for an Active Hurricane Season

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, Mother Nature seems to take control, leaving us to anticipate the impact and prepare for any outcome. While it appears that Hurricane Dorian passed Durham with limited impact, it is causing more serious danger and damage to the east.
Throughout the week, City of Durham staff have been monitoring the storm, making preparations, and providing support. Various members of our Fire Department are deployed to support communities throughout eastern North Carolina, assisting with incident management, emergency communications, and search and rescue operations. The Emergency Communications Department stands ready to provide back up support for Brunswick County if needed due to call overflows or equipment failure. And various members of our Emergency Management and public safety teams are providing assistance at the state emergency shelter at Northgate Mall. We are grateful for all of their efforts both locally and beyond.
While the City is here to help protect and support our residents during emergency events, don’t be caught off guard. There are predictions for a very active hurricane season, and we are likely to be impacted by additional storms during the coming months. Sign up to receive Alert Durham emergency alerts, and make sure to prepare an emergency plan and emergency kit. Take this time to plan ahead so you are ready for whatever comes our way.

If you know anyone who is seeking shelter, the Northgate Mall shelter is still open and ready to accept evacuees, and you can find a list of additional emergency shelters throughout the state.

City of Durham News

Durham Youth Commission 2019-2020 Application Now Open

The Durham Youth Commission (DYC) is group of committed and community-oriented high school-aged youth who represent the diversity and lived experiences of youth in Durham. High school-aged teens who live in Durham and are committed to amplifying the voices of youth in Durham are encouraged to apply for the 2019-2020 Commission.
Learn more about the DYC and this opportunity.

Landus Robertson Named 2019 Zoning Official of the Year

Congratulations to Zoning Administration Manager Landus Robertson, a 14-year staff member in our City-County Planning Department. He was recently name the 2019 Zoning Official of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials.

Changes to Little River Lake and Lake Michie Hours of Operation

Due to recent weather conditions, Little River Lake will be closed on Friday, Sept. 6. Lake Michie will open at noon on Friday, Sept. 6 for personal motorized launches and shore fishing. Both lakes will operate under normal hours on Saturday, Sept. 7. Follow @dprplaymore for future updates.

Attend Info Sessions to Learn About New Parking Garage Equipment

With parking in high demand, the City has installed new equipment to provide more payment locations and options. Join the Transportation Department at drop-in style info sessions to help customers get familiar with the new equipment. Learn more.

DCHC MPO Seeks Comment on Tolling Study

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is asking residents to comment on their Triangle Strategic Tolling Study through September 10. Learn more.

Photo Highlight

Gov. Roy Cooper stands with Captain R. Gaddy and Sheriff Birkhead

Shelter Assistance During Hurricane Dorian

On Thursday, Durham Police Department (DPD) Captain Robert Gaddy met with Governor Roy Cooper and Sheriff Clarence Birkhead to check out the State shelter at Northgate Mall. The shelter is open to Hurricane Dorian coastal evacuees. Various City of Durham public safety staff are offering assistance and working to keep people safe during the storm.

Upcoming Events

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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.

Fam Jam in the Park!

Saturday, Sept. 14, Noon-3 p.m.
Sherwood Park, 1720 Cheek Rd.

Join the Exchange Family Center for an afternoon of fun at Sherwood Park. This City of Durham sponsored event includes popcorn, snow cones, food, games and races, story time, music, and more! This free event is open to all residents.

NCMA's Durham Convention Center Mural Celebration at CenterFest

Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-4 p.m.
Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St. (murals on Chapel Hill St. side)

Join the North Carolina Museum of Art to celebrate new murals inspired by the upcoming  Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism special exhibition. The murals were installed through a partnership with the City's Cultural and Public Art Program and Spectra Venue Management. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network

New City Life Episode: City Leaders Discuss Durham’s Equity Efforts

This year’s $477.8 million budget reflects the City’s commitment to addressing issues of equity and inclusion. In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with City Manager Tom Bonfield and newly appointed Chief Equity Officer Sharon Williams to learn more about some of the bold solutions that are being implemented that will help make Durham a great city for all.
City Manager Tom Bonfield and newly appointed Chief Equity Officer Sharon Williams sit at the interview table

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 9:

  • 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 9:

  • 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: Any type of grease, whether from businesses or residences, can cause serious problems that may result in raw sewage backups and overflows in your homes or in the street. You can help reduce this risk by collecting cooking oil and grease in containers and disposing of it properly and being sure to place food scraps in solid waste containers as opposed to down the drain.

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

We're thrilled that our Durham Emergency Communications (911) Center is being honored next week as part of the Durham Chamber of Commerce's 6th Annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast. The Durham Police Department, Fire Department, Durham County EMS, and Alert Durham couldn't provide their life-saving services without them! Don't miss this video salute to their work, and 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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