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

November 1, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 38

Note from Tom

Taking on Violent Crime in Durham is a Daily Priority

Earlier this week, the rash of gun violence in Durham over a two-day period was another reminder that we have a long way to go to overcome the real and sometimes perceived notion that Durham is unsafe. Undisputed facts are that homicides are up this year, and violent crime has trended down over the last 20 years but is currently on par to last year. A significant amount of gun violence is committed by persons with gang affiliation, and many of those involved in this violence are well known to law enforcement as repeat violent offenders.  

Each time we see a publicized “flare up” of gun violence in Durham, there is an immediate response that parrots “what is the police department doing about this violence?” I want to assure everyone that Police Chief Davis, who has my unwavering support, the Durham Police Department, Mayor Schewel, myself, and many other partners think about this every day – not just when it makes the news. In her issued statement, Chief Davis discussed the department’s enhanced initiative to fortify a Gang Task Force with the support of Sheriff Clarence Burkhead, and I am committed to push for the resources necessary to stand this task force up immediately.  

At the same time, we all recognize that law enforcement alone is not going to alleviate gun violence in Durham. Certainly, there are many long-term solutions needed to address social and economic contributors to violent crime such as poverty, housing, education, and employment. However, there are many other short-term supports that are equally necessary to assist in curbing gun violence, including more community cooperation and information sharing, and more focus on repeat violent offenders throughout the entirety of the criminal justice system. 

Durham has never been afraid of taking on tough issues, and addressing violent crime is certainly a tough issue that can be properly addressed if everyone is willing to put differences aside and work together. 

Anyone who has information about recent crimes in Durham is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200.

City of Durham News

Be Part of History at the Durham 150 Closing Ceremony

Don't miss the official culminating event celebrating the City's 150th anniversary of incorporation. Hear the stories behind the people and places of Durham through cinematic storytelling, live music performances, and much more. Tickets are still available for tomorrow's one-time-only celebration for Durham superfans.

Today Is Last Day of Early Voting Before Tuesday, Nov. 5 Election

The 2019 Durham Municipal Election ballot includes Mayor, Council Member At-Large (3), and the City of Durham Affordable Housing Bond. Voters are encouraged to vote and take part in deciding Durham's future. Find polling locations and election details at

Ride GoDurham Fare-Free on Election Day

GoDurham buses will be fare-free all day on Tuesday, November 5 in addition to being fare-free for all future municipal and general election days thanks to a City Council-approved ordinance from their October 7 regular business meeting.

Vote WD Hill Recreation Center/Hillside Park for Best Park of the Triangle

WD Hill Recreation Center/Hillside Park was recently nominated and made it to the Final 5 for the Best Park in WRAL's Best of the Triangle yearly contest. People now have the opportunity choose their favorite park out of the five by voting on WRAL. Voting runs until December 1. 

Photo Highlight

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General Services Department Raises the Moon Over CCB Plaza

This morning, early risers may have seen the City's General Services staff working to raise a nearly 23' wide moon sculpture over CCB Plaza. The display is part of "Museum of the Moon" presented by Bull Moon Rising. Find event details below.

Upcoming Events

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Museum of the Moon by Bull Moon Rising

Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3
CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St.
Although Thursday night events were cancelled due to weather, several Bull Moon Rising events have been rescheduled to take place Friday through Sunday. This City-sponsored event will bring a giant, breathtaking spherical replica of the moon over CCB Plaza in downtown. The exhibit is open to the public, supported by free events and fundraising components giving back to the community. Event details.

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. Event details.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network

New City Life Episode: 
Work Begins on Developing Durham’s New Comprehensive Plan

Durham is updating its Comprehensive Plan, and the input of all residents is needed. In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Senior Planner Lisa Miller with the City-County Planning Department and Alexandra Valladares, a member of the Comprehensive Plan Outreach Team, to talk about how the Comprehensive Plan will help shape the future of Durham’s growth, and why community involvement during the development of the plan is vital.

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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

Drought Status as of 10/29: Abnormally Dry

While Durham experiences 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. Visit our website to find data on the current water supply status including current lake levels.

Weekly Water Tip

Check Your Outdoor Pipes

The cooler autumn weather is a good reminder that winter is just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure your exposed outdoor pipes and hose bibs are securely covered with pipe insulation. This will ensure that they won’t freeze or burst. To find additional water saving tips visit

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 November 4:

  • 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

Recycle Right Durham, NC

The City's Solid Waste Department brings you recycling reminders as part of the statewide "Recycle Right NC" campaign to encourage residents to reduce recycling contamination. Contamination refers to materials that are not acceptable in the recycling program, and lead to increased costs. Help us reduce recycling contamination in Durham!

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Know Your No's: No Aerosol Cans

Aerosol cans can explode or cause fires at the recycling facility. Please take them to our Durham Household Hazardous Waste Center for proper disposal. Or, just don't buy them.

Look out for our weekly reminders or use our searchable "Waste Wizard" tool to check which items are accepted, and do your part to put the right items in your cart!

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 can’t let National First Responders Day pass by without giving a shoutout to @DurhamPoliceNC, @durhamcityfire, and our Durham Emergency Communications Center (911)! Thank you for your public service to the Bull City! Follow @CityofDurhamNC.

We can’t let #NationalFirstRespondersDay pass by without giving a shoutout to @DurhamPoliceNC, @durhamcityfire & our #Durham 911 Center! Thank you for your #localgov #publicservice to the Bull City!

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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