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

September 20, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 32

Note from Tom


New Durham Police Officers Take the Call to Protect & Serve

On Tuesday, the City of Durham welcomed 19 new police officers to the Durham Police Department. I was honored to attend the graduation ceremony alongside Mayor Steve Schewel, Councilmember Charlie Reece, and Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson to celebrate the accomplishments of Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy Class No. 49. It’s a strong and diverse class including Black, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian recruits with 16 males and three females, as well as two Durham natives. 

We congratulate this group for completing 24 weeks of rigorous tactical and classroom training to join the ranks of our Police Department. The City of Durham has a history of success in recruiting top candidates, and we are committed to continue to recruit, train, and retain officers who are dedicated to serving our community.

Learn more about job opportunities with the Durham Police Department.

City of Durham News


Durham Begins Construction to Repair Watts Street Sidewalk

If you live or travel along Watts Street near Duke University’s East Campus, or if you walk in the vicinity of George Watts Elementary School, you’ll want to take note of an upcoming construction project that will temporarily close part of the street.

Entrepreneurial Training for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women-owned small business owners interested in expanding their operations should make plans now to apply for Momentum 360, a new City of Durham program designed to expand their business management skills. Applications accepted through October 1.


Durham’s Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Set for October 5

If you want a cleaner community, now’s your chance to join a neighborhood, park, or creek cleanup as part of Durham’s Annual Big Sweep. Find out how you can register and find cleanup events happening throughout October.

Durham Celebrates 2019 MED Week October 7-11

Durham business owners will get their chance next month to learn how to connect their business with more opportunities during the 2019 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Register by September 30.

Photo Highlight


Durham Neighborhood College participants pose with Mayor Steve Schewel and County Commissioner Wendy Jacobs

2019 Durham Neighborhood College Kicks Off

The 2019 Durham Neighborhood College participants began their local government learning experience on Thursday, Sept. 12 and will continue through Oct. 24.  The program offers residents a chance to learn about various aspects of City and County government through a combination of presentations, activities, and discussions. Pictured above, the class poses with Mayor Steve Schewel and Commissioner Wendy Jacobs who provided welcoming remarks. Learn more about the program.

Upcoming Events



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Durham Art Council's Annual CenterFest

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

Don't miss the 45th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival in downtown Durham this weekend. Visual artists from near and far will showcase their work, and 75 performing arts groups will provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival. 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! Event details.

¡La Ciudad de Durham te invita a su “Casa Abierta En La Alcaldía!
(City of Durham Bilingual Open House)

Monday, Oct. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
City Hall Lobby, 101 City Hall Plaza

The Bilingual Open House will serve as a platform to inform our Spanish-speaking residents of the City’s various services and programs. It provides an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with this community and help remove barriers to civic engagement. The event will feature welcoming remarks from the Administration and elected officials, departmental exhibits, and a tour of City Hall. Food and free childcare will also be provided. Event details en Español and English.


Durham E-Waste & Textile Recycling, Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) and old textiles and clothing as well as shred confidential documents should attend the City's E-Waste, Textile Recycling and Paper Shredding event next month. Event details.


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: 
Durham's rainfall and streamflow monitoring network; Significant sidewalk project gets underway; 2020 Census update; Fourth Quarter Financial Report provides a look at FY18-19; and E-Waste, Textile Recycling, and Paper Shredding Event. Watch now.
Host Amy Blalock discusses the 2020 Census

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 23:

  • 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 23:

  • 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: Wash dishes wisely. Start by using a dishwasher, if you have one. Be sure to scrape food scraps into the trash rather than down the drain. Modern dishwashers are designed do the hard work for you with a minimal amount of water, so don’t pre-rinse and wash only full loads. If you wash dishes by hand, soak pots and pans before washing, don’t run the water continuously, and limit your use of the garbage disposal.

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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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  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
  • Visit the website
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