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

September 13, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 31

Note from Tom


Honoring First Responders, Our Every Day Heroes

On Thursday morning, many City of Durham first responders, officials, and staff attended the sixth annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. Following the April 10 gas explosion in Durham and the recent 9/11 anniversary, it was a particularly moving opportunity to recognize the men and women who serve and protect our community. 

In addition to the tragedies that stay with us, we should not forget that they do this work every day, responding to our personal emergencies to ensure our safety and well-being. When many are headed home each day, first responders are working long shifts including nights, holidays, and weekends. It’s not a calling for just anyone, and for those that serve, we say thank you.

Thank you to all members of the City of Durham first responder teams: the Durham Fire Department, Emergency Communications (911), Police Department, Emergency Management, as well as all of the City departments and community partners that they collaborate with to help keep our community safe. And, a special thanks to those who were not able to attend because they were busy keeping watch over Durham.

City of Durham News



Durham Planning Academy Seeks Fall 2019 Applicants

Durham residents who want a better understanding of planning issues and how they impact current and future development should register now for the next Durham Planning Academy. Learn more and apply by October 4.

Bloomberg Cities Article Highlights Durham's Innovation Team

Find out how the City of Durham I-Team is using texting to help simplify the process for residents to clear old criminal charges in order to get their driver's licenses back.
Read the article.

Fourth Quarter Financial Report Overview
In our Sept. 13 episode of Bull City Today, we take a look at how we ended the 2018-2019 fiscal-year in the City of Durham, including some of the key numbers you need to know.

Photo Highlight


A large-scale USA flag hangs over the Morgan St. parking deck in Durham NC

Red, White, and Blue on Display in Durham

An oversized American flag created a striking display along Morgan Street during the First Reponders Appreciation Breakfast.

Upcoming Events



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Fam Jam in the Park!

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

Bring out the family for outdoor fun at the park, including a popcorn machine, a fun nutrition game, snow cones, potato sack races, egg toss, bubbles, storytime, yard games, and a DJ. This event is hosted by the Exchange Family Center and sponsored by the City of Durham and Durham Public Schools. For more information, email Sky Harris.

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.

Minority Enterprise Development Week 2019

Oct. 7-11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Various events and locations throughout the week

Join us for our week-long series of educational, outreach & recognition events for 2019 MED Week to commemorate the achievements of minority & women businesses in Durham! Learn more and register now.

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: 
Innovate Durham startups help local government; 2nd Quarter Crime Report shows rise in crime; New policy governs GoDurham bus advertising; Additional funds to cover sidewalk and bike lane projects; Renovations at DPR recreation centers. Watch now.
Host Amy Blalock discusses Innovate Durham's new cohort

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 16:

  • Buchanan Boulevard will be closed in both directions between W. Main Street and Maxwell Ave.
  • Buchanan Boulevard will have lane closures with flaggers between W. Chapel Hill 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 16:

  • 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: Thinking about reseeding your lawn this month? To reduce outdoor water use, consider planting turfgrass only where it has a practical function, such as a play area. Choose turfgrass types that don't use a lot of water, such as low water-using or native grasses and those that can withstand drought. And don’t forget to visit durhamsaveswater.org to find out which days you’re permitted to water.

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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Social Spotlight

We’ve got lots of Durham residents ready to get their local gov knowledge on at the first night of the 2019 Durham Neighborhood College. Learn more about the program 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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