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

October 4, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 34

Note from Tom

Celebrating and Engaging Our Diverse Community

One of Durham’s strengths is its diversity, which brings a mix of ideas and cultures together into a vibrant and collaborative community. October is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and presents a great time to share the City’s commitment to supporting these diverse communities and providing opportunities for residents to get engaged.

In May of this year, I’m proud that the City adopted a Language Access Plan to ensure the City’s Spanish-speaking population has access to City services. The implementation of this plan will provide appropriate translation of vital documents and signage, and interpretation for customer service and at City meetings and events. 

One of our newest events, a City of Durham Bilingual Open House, was the suggestion of one of our own bilingual employees, and I’m excited to see it in action next Monday, Oct. 7. This will be an opportunity for Spanish-speaking residents to learn about our services and programs and get connected with local government.

Also taking place this month is the Festival of Nations Hosted by Sister Cities of Durham. I encourage all Durham residents to come together and learn about the international cultures that make up our community, while enjoying food and live performances. 

This month offers great opportunities to engage in our diverse community, but the City’s goal to foster connected, engaged, and diverse communities remains a long-term commitment.

City of Durham News

EPA Recognizes Durham with 2019 WaterSense® Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the City of Durham’s Water Management Department with a 2019 WaterSense Excellence Award for its efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense products during 2018. Learn more about this recognition and Water Management's water conservation efforts.

Police Department Observes National Crime Prevention Month

The month of October offers a full calendar of events hosted by the Durham Police Department to recognize and celebrate crime prevention. Opportunities include the Seniors vs. Police Olympic Challenge, a Business Safety Workshop, Trunk or Treat Safety Fair, and more.

Teens Invited to Enter Imagine A Day Without Water Video Contest

The City's Water Management Department encourages Durham residents ages 13 to 18 to be part of this nation-wide challenge. Teens should submit a video that shows how their life would be impacted by a day without water. Videos should be submitted by Sunday, Oct. 20, and will be eligible for gift card prizes. Learn more about the rules and prizes.

Bloomberg Cities Highlight's City's Composting Prototype

Learn about the City of Durham Innovation Team and Solid Waste Management Department's efforts to test a composting program with Durham residents. Feedback from eight households will help the City explore the motivators, barriers, and challenges of implementing a curbside compost pickup service.

American City & County Magazine Interviews Fleet Management Director

Director Joe Clark, whose department manages and services all 1,700+ City vehicles and equipment, discusses his career and keys to successful procurement strategy.

Month Long Street Closure at Barbee/Fayetteville Intersection

During the month of October, Barbee Rd. will be closed at the intersection of Fayetteville Rd. The closure is needed to construct a new section of Barbee Rd. The closure will last for 28 days and a detour will be in place during that time. Learn more about the project.

Photo Highlight

NCCU Sound Machine warms up in from of the Durham Civil Rights Mural in downtown Durham

Sounding Off in Downtown Durham

The North Carolina Central University Sound Machine Marching Band was seen warming up in downtown Durham. On Wednesday and Thursday, the band performed at the City of Durham's Employee Leadership Conference, and filled the Durham Convention Center with their contagious energy. Photo by the Durham Convention Center.

Upcoming Events

Municipal Primary

Primary Early Voting - Sept. 18 through Oct. 4; Primary Election Day - Oct. 8
The Primary is now open to select which Council Member At-Large candidates will appear on the November ballot. Visit to find polling locations and 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.

Festival of Nations Hosted by Sister Cities of Durham

Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd.

Be part of this second annual festival celebrating the diverse cultures of Durham with more than 18 nations represented. Explore international booths, enjoy live performances, and try authentic foods. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network

New City Life Episode: City Staff Discusses Affordable Housing Bond Referendum

When you go to the polls on November 5, one of the items you’ll be voting on is a $95 million bond for affordable housing. In this new City Life episode, City of Durham Community Development Director Reginald J. Johnson and Assistant Director of Strategy Karen Lado talk about the issue of affordable housing in Durham, what the bond would or would not do, and how it could impact you.
Host Amy Blalock interviews Reginald Johnson and Karen Lado

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 October 7:

  • Buchanan Boulevard will be closed in both directions 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 repairs, sidewalk installation, and pavement restoration.
  • 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 October 7:

  • Broadway Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • Madison Avenue will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • Northwood Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • North Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water Tip of the Week: Learn to repurpose water. One easy way to do this is by capturing it under your colander when rinsing fruits and veggies, and then use it in the garden or for watering houseplants. Do the same while you wait for your water to heat up in the shower or sink.

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

Shoutout to Durham Emergency Communications Center Director Randy Beeman, who has been named the new North Carolina National Emergency Number Association (NC NENA) president. This professional organization focuses on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations & education issues. Congrats, Randy! Follow us @CityofDurhamNC.

Image of Randy Beeman being sworn in as NC NENA president

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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