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

November 8, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 39

Note from Tom

Funding a More Equitable Future in Durham

On Tuesday, Durham voters overwhelmingly approved the City’s $95 million affordable-housing bond (over 75% voted yes), the largest bond of its kind in our state’s history. It’s a huge step forward to address the City’s affordable housing shortage, and I’m thankful to our residents for showing confidence in the City’s bold plan to address this priority issue.

There is a lot of work ahead, with some projects starting right away, and others being developed and implemented in the coming months and years. The Five-Year Affordable Housing Plan will address the housing crisis in a variety of ways – creating new affordable housing and renovating existing units; helping residents stay in their homes; providing home-ownership opportunities to low-income families; and reducing homelessness. The City will not do this alone – we will work with affordable housing partners including the Durham Housing Authority, nonprofit and for profit developers, as well as community-based organizations. In the near future an Oversight Committee will be formed to provide accountability and periodic reporting on how these funds are being spent as the Five-Year Affordable Housing Plan is implemented.

With the affordable housing bond approved, the establishment of the Durham Affordable Housing Loan Fund earlier this year, and the Comprehensive Plan effort underway to carefully consider our City’s future growth, the pieces are coming together to help ensure Durham is a place for all. It’s a great feeling to live in a community with such widespread support to ensure our city is equitable and inclusive.

Learn more about the affordable housing bond

City of Durham News

Durham Tap Water Ranked Best in State for Taste

For the second consecutive year, the City's Water Management Department won the top honor at the annual statewide conference for water professionals. Drinking water from Durham's Daniel M. Williams Water Treatment Plan came out on top among 11 entries.

Durham Police Department Receives $1 Million SAKI Grant

The Durham Police Department has been awarded a three-year $1 million 2019 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) project grant to provide additional resources for investigating cold case sexual assaults.

Durham Seeks Feedback on Scooter Program

Whether you love ‘em or not…now is your chance to give your feedback on the City of Durham’s Scooter Program. English and Spanish online surveys now available through December 2.

Durham Debuts Sustainability Roadmap Online Dashboard

A user-friendly online dashboard is now available that tracks the City’s progress toward achieving a healthy environment, vibrant cultural activities, and a strong, equitable economy for its residents.

Powering City's Storm Resiliency with Duke Energy Foundation Grant

Thanks to a recent $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation's Storm Resiliency Initiative, Durham firefighters will now be better equipped to handle severe weather and flooding in the Bull City.

Photo Highlight

before and after images show improvements at two bus stops including new shelters

GoDurham Transforms 8 Bus Stops with 11 More to Follow

Before and after photos show off significant improvements at many Durham bus stops, including new shelters, benches, and additional amenities. The updates were paid for with the half-cent transit-designated sales tax that Durham voters approved in 2012. Eight of the projects have been completed and 11 more will be finished by January. Read the full article on GoDurham and view more before and after photos.

Upcoming Events

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Most City Offices Closed for Veterans Day

Most City of Durham offices, including City Hall and most non-emergency City operations, services, and programs, will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019, in observance of Veterans Day. Police, fire and rescue services for life-threatening or in-progress emergencies may be reached by calling 911. Non-emergency problems or concerns may be directed to (919) 560-4600. Residents are asked to take note of the following changes in other City-provided services and programs.

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

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: Share your water bill experience for a chance to win $100; See the newest Neighborhood College graduates; Help shape Durham's growth through Engage Durham; Learn about flood insurance discounts; and, Meet the new Transportation Director.

Host Amy Blalock discusses Engage Durham Workshops

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 11/5: 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

Shorten Hot Showers

When temperatures drop, a long, hot shower might be tempting, but you’ll just end up wasting water and energy. Try to keep showers under five minutes (or no more than the length of two of your favorite songs). And be sure to be showering with a WaterSense labeled showerhead to maximize your savings! 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 11:

  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate pavement restoration.
  • Isolated lane closures and traffic shifts in Peabody Street and Buchanan Blvd.
  • Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday

Play More with Durham Parks and Recreation

DPR To Close for Employee Appreciation Event on November 13

On Wednesday, November 13, Durham Parks and Recreation will host its Annual Employee Recognition and Staff Appreciation Luncheon at the downtown Durham Armory. DPR will close its administrative office and all recreation centers from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the celebration. 

During the event, DPR Director Rhonda B. Parker will thank the staff for their dedication and commitment to the department’s mission to connect the whole community to wellness, the outdoors, and lifelong learning. She will also share some of the highlights the department has accomplished throughout the year. 

Construction Updates

Construction Begins to Replace Stormwater System on Faucette Avenue

If you live or travel along Faucette Avenue in Durham, you’ll want to take note of an upcoming construction project that will close the intersection at Amberley Drive.

Blackwell Street Closure from November 11-13

A temporary closure will take place on Blackwell Street in downtown Durham to allow for utility infrastructure installation. Blackwell Street from Jackie Robinson Drive to Vivian Street will be closed from Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 13 at noon. A signed detour will be in place to help motorists navigate this area. The sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians. Thanks for your patience during this temporary road closure.

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: Textiles

Clothes take up to 40 years to break down & emit greenhouse gases. However, 95% of textiles can be recycled — just not in your blue curbside recycling cart. Bring them for free drop-off to our Durham Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd.

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.

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  • Call 919-560-1200
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