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

October 18, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 36

Note from Tom


$95 Million Affordable Housing Bond Referendum on November 5 Ballot

We hope many of you are familiar with the Affordable Housing Bond Referendum that’s on the Durham municipal ballot. Early voting for the bond, Mayor, and three Council Member seats started on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and continues through Friday, Nov. 1, with the election day following on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
 
The City Council approved the affordable housing bond referendum to be placed on the ballot to help ensure housing affordability across many neighborhoods in Durham. If Durham voters approve the bond, city property owners will incur an initial tax rate impact of an additional 1.6 cents per $100 of assessed property value. That’s about $37 more per year, for the next 20 years (the life of the bond loan), added onto an annual tax bill of $1,219 on a house valued at $229,246, the median house value for homes in the city.
 
The money will be allocated to a variety of projects and initiatives that will:

  • Build 1,600 new affordable housing units and preserve 800 affordable rental units
  • Move 1,700 homeless individuals and households into permanent housing
  • Provide 400 affordable home ownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers
  • Help 3,000 low-income renters and homeowners remain in or improve their homes

The outcome of the election will impact everyone in the Durham community, so I strongly encourage you to vote and be part of deciding Durham’s future. In the primary, 9% (17,491 out of 193,569) of registered voters cast a ballot – let’s make that number higher this time around. To help people get to the polls, all GoDurham buses will be fare-free on Tuesday, Nov. 5. In the coming weeks, I hope to see a lot of people wearing the Durham-branded “I Voted” stickers.
 
To learn more about the bond, you can find additional information and resources on our website. In addition, look out for an informational postcard that will go out to Durham households starting today. To find your polling location or other election details, visit dcovotes.com.

City of Durham News


Discounts Increase for Durham Flood Insurance Policy Holders

Thanks to the efforts of several City departments, Durham residents who own or rent a home in a special flood hazard area may soon benefit from a 15% discount on flood insurance. Find out which federally backed flood insurance policies qualify.

Engage Durham Hosts First Community Workshops for New Comprehensive Plan and County Transit Plan

If you’re interested in helping shape the community’s vision for future growth, RSVP now to attend one-of-five workshops throughout November. Five workshops will be held November 14-19 at locations throughout Durham

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Fun and Games During Seniors Vs. Police Olympic Challenge

On Thursday, the Police Department took on Durham’s seasoned citizens for some friendly competition, and to help strengthen police-community relationships. Activities included "name that tune," chess, card games, and more. In recent years, seniors have out-ranked police in most categories! Find additional Crime Prevention Month events happening this month.

Upcoming Events


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. Event details.

2nd Annual Contractors Empowerment Event

Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Research Triangle Park, 12 Davis Dr.
Contractors are invited to come learn strategies to accelerate their business growth and connect with other professionals in the public sector and private industry. Event details.

Museum of the Moon presented by Bull Moon Rising

Thursday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 3
CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St.
For the first time in North Carolina, a giant breathtaking spherical replica of the moon – with a diameter of nearly 23 feet – will be suspended over CCB Plaza in downtown and open to the public for four days over Halloween weekend, supported by free events and fundraising components giving back to the community. Event details.

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Be Part of Durham's 150 Closing Ceremony

Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.
Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.

The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony is less than a month away! Don’t miss the one-time-only, culminating event of the yearlong celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary. The event will dynamically showcase people and places from Durham’s history through live music, acting, and storytelling. 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: Free bus rides on election day; City and County paratransit services are merging; Replacement of water main due to damage by Hurricane Florence; City to provide ongoing financial support to Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and American Dance Festival; and Police Department makes its vehicles more efficient. 
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 October 21:

  • Buchanan Boulevard will be re-opened to traffic in both directions by Tuesday, October 22nd.  
  • Waterline testing and water service connections will take place in Peabody Street. 
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate waterline connections, sanitary sewer repairs, 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 21:

  • 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 your plants less often. The shorter days and cooler temperatures of the Autumn months indicate that plants, indoors and outdoors, require less water. Rain gauges and moisture meters can help homeowners determine ideal watering times and amounts, and efficient nozzles can help reduce water use year-round.

Drought Status as of 10/15: Moderate Drought

While Durham experiences moderate drought conditions, please be responsible with your water usage. It's okay to use what you need, but consider ways to conserve water where possible. To find additional water saving tips visit durhamsaveswater.org. You can also find data on the current water supply status including current lake levels.

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  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
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  • Stop by the City Hall lobby desk at 101 City Plaza Hall, M-F between 8-5

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