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

November 15, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 40

Note from Tom

Seeking Community Feedback to Guide the Future of Our Community

Durham remains one of the most vibrant and forward-thinking communities in the United States. As we continue to grow and meet new challenges, it's important that we also continue to strategically plan for our future. An important part of this planning process involves gathering input from residents on a range of issues impacting our quality of life.
For the fifth time, the City and County are jointly overseeing the Resident Satisfaction Survey to check in with Durham residents about their perception of local government, satisfaction with City and County services, feelings of safety, community priorities, and more. We are working with ETC Institute, an external research agency, to run the survey and compile the results.
Starting today, a random sample of households will be selected to participate, with the option of an online or paper survey. By completing and returning the survey, residents will be making critical decisions about prioritizing resources and helping set the direction for the future of our community.
Although the survey will not go to every resident, there are other valuable opportunities to engage. Over the next week, there are four remaining ENGAGEDurham Listening and Learning Workshops to get community input around the City and County’s long-range planning. I encourage you to be part of this effort to shape the future of our community.
If you work and live in the city – keep your eyes out, a survey might be heading your way!
View the 2018 City of Durham Resident Survey results

City of Durham News

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Holiday Parade & Fun Fest

Durham Parks and Recreation needs volunteers to help put on the City's annual holiday celebration. Put your good cheer to use in a variety of roles including Santa's Helpers, toy giveaway volunteer, selfie frame assistant, S'mores volunteer, and much more. Learn more about the holiday event details and the volunteer opportunities.

City of Durham Recognized as a 2019 Digital Cities Survey Winner

The City's Technology Solutions Department earned the second-place spot on this year's list of winners in the 250,000 to 499,999 population category. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cyber security, and more.

Photo Highlight

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Vibrant Crosswalk Designs to be installed on Downtown Durham’s 
Blackwell, Corcoran and Foster Streets on Nov. 19-21

 Local artist Mary Carter Taub designed the Pedestrian Crosswalk installations for three locations: American Tobacco Campus at Blackwell/Vivian Street, Durham Armory to Marriott/Convention Center on Foster Street; and Durham Central Park at the Farmers’ Market crossing on Foster Street. This is the third major project of the Durham SmART Vision Plan -- connecting the cultural hubs/districts in downtown Durham through creative placemaking. The City of Durham is one of the funding partners for the project. 

Taub describes the designs as “a freewheeling riff loosely inspired by Memphis design, a blend of Art Deco and Pop art, blending geometric shapes found in downtown Durham’s local Art Deco architecture with an ‘80s palette bursting with color."

A public dedication of the crosswalks will take place on Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. to noon adjacent to the crosswalk in Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. The artist will be on hand to lead visitors in a free participatory “cross chalking” art project on the street. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events

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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 four remaining workshops through November 19 at locations throughout Durham. As someone who lives, works, owns a business, goes to school or simply cares about the future of Durham, your opinions and ideas are valued. Bring your ideas to the workshops! Event details.

Fire Department Invites Community to Rescue 1 "Housing" Ceremony

Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. to noon
Fire Station 1, 139 E. Morgan St., downtown Durham

Residents are invited to attend and participate in this traditional fire service housing ceremony, which will culminate with all participants pushing the newly re-commissioned Rescue 1 Unit into the station. Event details.

Durham Hosts Professional Service Firms Holiday Mixer

Friday, December 6, 5-7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza

Architectural, engineering, and surveying professionals are invited to discover which opportunities are on the horizon for 2020 with this opportunity to interact with City, County, and NCDOT representatives while enjoying refreshments. 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: Carver Street Extension opens; Third-party evaluation of Participatory Budgeting; Developing the Triangle Bikeway Implementation Study; Groundwater monitoring at closed landfill; and, Plans to redevelop the former Police headquarters.

Host Amy Blalock discusses 505 West Chapel Hill Street redevelopment

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 11/14: 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

Avoid Putting Food Down Your Drain

Garbage disposals seem like a convenient way to manage kitchen waste, but they can actually cause more harm than good. The sewer system is designed to manage the flow of wastewater exiting your home, not the scraps of food leftover on your dinner plates. When these substances are washed down your drain, they cling to pipe walls. Building up over time, they block the flow of wastewater and lead to sewer backups into homes, onto streets, and into our local waterways. Dispose of food scraps in the trash (or compost bin) and use a strainer in your sink drain to catch other food particles that attempt to escape! 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 18:

  • 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 Boulevard.   
  • Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. 
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Recycle Right in Durham

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!

Know Your No's - No Hazardous or Medical Waste; illustration of syringes, paint, and automotive oil

Know Your No's: Hazardous & Medical Waste

People work at recycling sorting facilities, and hazardous and medical waste can harm them! Hazardous waste such as gasoline, household cleaners, oil based paints, cooking or motor oil, and batteries, never belongs in your blue curbside recycling cart. Take it to our Household Hazardous Waste Center. For medical disposal info, contact Durham County Public Health.

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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Social Spotlight

The International Visitor Leadership Program (Africa Delegation) met with members of the Durham Police Department's Executive Command Staff and Traffic Service Unit to discuss traffic safety and traffic enforcement. Follow @DurhamPoliceNC and @CityofDurhamNC.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (Africa Delegation) met with members of the Durham Police Department's Executive Command Staff and Traffic Service Unit to discuss traffic safety and traffic enforcement.

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