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April 10, 2009 – April 23, 2009

 

Donations made to Police, RecreationMark Cryan, AD, and Kelly Shirly

    Two generous Burlington business owners presented the City Council with checks to support programs funded by the City.  The donations were gratefully accepted at the Council’s meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Municipal Building.

    Jennifer Campbell, District Manager of Sheetz Corportation, said that her company always makes a donation to a community program anytime they open a new store in a new location.  In honor of their new station opening in Burlington, they decided to make a donation of $5,000 to the Telecommunications Center at the Burlington Police Department.  The decision was spurred by the upcoming National Public Safety Telecommunications week, which is celebrated the second full week in April each year (April 12 – April 18, 2009).  In her presentation, Campbell said, “We are open 24/7/365 like the police and fire departments, so we thought it would be appropriate to support them in their efforts.”

    Kelly Shirley came before the Council as a representative of Dick Shirley Chevrolet to present their contribution to Burlington’s Youth Baseball program.  The donation is a part of Chevy’s national campaign to support youth baseball.  An initial check for $500 was given to the Recreation and Parks Department to help fund the costs Burlington’s program.  Additionally, tickets were donated for a regional raffle to win a brand new Chevy Tahoe and other local prizes, including services like free oil-changes.  All proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets goes directly to the Recreation Department to support youth sports.  At $5 per ticket, the Recreation Department has the potential to make up to $10,000 in pure profit from the sale of the tickets.  Mark Cryan, Athletic Director for the City, said that tickets would be sold at the Recreation Department and at youth sports games.

City Council continues street solicitation ordinance discussion

    In response to the amendments of the State street solicitation statute, the Burlington City Council approved a review of the City’s street solicitation ordinance. The Council voted unanimously for City Attorney, Bob Ward, to draft an ordinance for discussion at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.  The proposed draft would bring the City in line with the new State guidelies which ban all street solicitators except those selling newspapers in the non-used areas of public roads.

    Mayor Pro Tem David Huffman was the lone dissenter on the motion to extend the moratorium on street solicitation, favoring the view that special enabling legislation for the City and does not bind the City to the State’s new mandate. Had the other three Councilmembers not voted in favor of extending the moratorium, it would have ended at midnight on April 7th, and the City’s current street solicitation ordinance, which does not allow any street solicitation in roads, on medians, or in right-of-ways, would have taken effect.  The current extension lasts until May 5, 2009.

    Public safety is the root of the issue. The current City ordinance was passed in response to citizen complaints that street solicitation posed traffic hazards and looked bad for the community. 
    Councilmember Jim Butler proposed to include the State’s changes in the proposed draft ordinance that will be reviewed at the Council’s next meeting. Mayor Ronnie Wall agreed with Councilmember Butler’s move to put the changes to the State statute in the City’s ordinance.

    The proposed ordinance will be discussed and a date of public hearing will be set at the April 21, 2009 meeting of the City Council.

Proposed State bills draw Council approval and opposition

    New proposed State legislation regarding annexation procedures received Council praise, while the State’s suggested changes to road and highway maintenance were unanimously panned.  Following the meeting on April 7, 2009, all of the Councilmembers signed letters stating their positions to be sent to State Representatives Alice Bordsen, Cary Allred, and State Senator Tony Foriest.

    The proposed bills on City annexation requirements would impose new reporting requirements on the City to improve communication with affected citizens. In addition, the new legislation would provide provisions for citizen-initiated annexations of lower-income communities that would benefit from the services cities can provide. Currently, one hundred percent of community residents have to approve of a citizen-initiated annexation before it can take effect, but the new bill reduces the consenting number to seventy-five percent of the low-wealth community’s property owners.

    In another matter, the Council opposed new State legislation regarding the responsibilities for maintenance of public roads and highways.  The three bills up for discussion at the State legislature would have the State maintain only roads classified as major collectors, arterials, and interstates by the NC DOT, transferring the upkeep of an estimated 22,000 lane miles of road to the City or County, according to City Engineer Lanny Rhew.  Not only does the Council oppose the legislation because towns and cities do not have the means to operate such a venture, but also because the proposed bills do not provide any funding to the municipalities that complete the work.  City Manager Harold Owen called it “a drastic change” and Councilmember Huffman agreed, noting that essentially the State was keeping road funds and passing on additional responsibilities to municipalities.  If the bill were to pass, Councilmember Huffman also said that it would significantly strain the City’s tax base because property taxes would have to go up in order to cover the hefty costs of road maintenance. 

    A letter voicing Burlington’s opposition to these bills was signed by the Council has been sent to Raleigh.  For more information on annexation, be sure to read the forthcoming publication of City Works included in all City water bills.

 

City receives excellence in public information awardNC3C award

    John Robert Nixon, Public Information Officer for the City of Burlington was among 16 North Carolina government communications professionals to earn recognition in the first North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards presented Thursday, April 2 during a banquet at the Hickory Museum of Art as part NC3C’s second annual Spring Conference.

    A total of 32 awards were presented in 10 categories. Categories included TV & Videos, Communication Technology, Special Events, Printed Publications, Most Creative Activity with the Least Dollars of Spent, Service Delivery, Marketing Tools, and Communications Plans.

    Nixon received a second place award in the category of Most Creative Activity with the Least Dollars Spent for “Burlington 2.0”, a Web 2.0 project from the Office of Public Information. “Burlington 2.0” encompassed a wide variety of electronic communication tools Burlington recently implemented. These communication tools include: Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, Google Videos, and other forms of online media.

    Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia. Each judge had previously won first or second-place in the national Savvy Awards, presented annually by the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).

    The purpose of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March, 2007 by 27 professional communicators from around the state. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 70 members. For more information about NC3C, visit the website, www.nc3c.com.

 

 

CITY STAFF REPORTS

From the Police Department: Community Policing

    Chief of Police Mike Williams gave a positive report to the City Council on community Police programs and the effects of new technology and policies.  Highlights of the presentation include:

  • The Weed and Seed program has been running successfully on Federal funding for the past four years.  As of this coming June, the Federal funding ends, but the program was designed to be sustainable by the City when other funding ran out.  Weed and Seed’s goal is to enrich education, raise literacy levels, decrease drop-out rates, and provide at-risk youth with positive after-school activities
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods, in conjunction with Project Safe Alamance, has held three notification seminars.  Twenty-one convicted felons attended, seventeen of who chose to end their careers in crime and accept help to become law-abiding citizens leading productive lives because of the seminars.
  • Eighty-three officers have been trained to use the Police Department’s new wireless technology from the front seat of police vehicles.  Benefits of using the new technology include decreasing response times, increasing officer safety through timely information, and increasing visible police presence in the community.
  • Nearly 200 applications were received by the Police Department in response to the call to fill twenty-two full-time staff vacancies.  Seven new officers with thirty-nine years of combined experience have been selected to fill open positions, and ten officers are in the process of completing field training before August 1st.  Chief Williams expressed hope that a full staff should be in place before 2010.
  • The Community Crime Abatement Team (CCAT) and the Gang Task Force have been fully implemented to prevent, intervene, and suppress crime related to drugs, gangs, prostitution, and disorderly conduct.
  • Vehicle pursuits by patrol officers have been effectively stemmed by the new Vehicle Pursuit policy that was implemented in September 2008.  The policy sets clear standards for the appropriateness of vehicle pursuits.  Officers effectively overcame a learning curve, and since the beginning of this year, no vehicle pursuits have occurred by City Police Officers.

From the Recreation and Parks Department: Facility acquisition and improvement

    The Recreation Department was pleased to present the City Council with updates on the improvements made to the City’s athletic stadium and the purchase of property that used to be part of the old Burlington Industries Pioneer complex.  According to Mark Cryan, Athletic Director, repairs to the supports of the athletic stadium were completed for $45,000 – under budget by $15,000 and in time for the USA South Conference being held in Burlington April 16 – 19.

    Additionally, the Recreation Department was able to use Community Development Block Grant funds to help purchase land across from Fairchild Park from Lee Properties of High Point, NC.  Two soccer fields, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, and bathroom facilities are all on the slate for development.  Cryan says that the “landowner was happy to see it go to a good public use,” and that it would fill a need that the City currently isn’t meeting.  Over seven acres of land was purchased for $125,000, significantly less than the appraised purchase price.

 

 

facebook logoAre you a fan of the City?  Show it on Facebook!  Burlington now has a Facebook page.  As you connect with the people in your life, stop by our page to get the latest City news, announcements, RSS feeds, pictures, and videos.  You don’t have to be a member to see the page – simply click here – but you must have an account to become a fan.

 

“This Week’s” Pet

Rocky
Hi, my name is Rocky and I am a 10 month old Shepherd mix. I was found as a stray and I am looking for a new forever home. I'm a nice, friendly boy and I would love a family that will give me the care and attention I need. Maybe it's you! I'm available for $80 and I've been neutered and have my vaccinations. Please come meet me at the Burlington Pet Adoption Center, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Haw River. Call 578-0343 for information.

 


Grant Announcement

    The City of Burlington, the County of Alamance, The City of Graham, and The City of Mebane will be applying jointly for an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the sum of $385,791. This grant application is available for public review from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday –Friday at the Burlington Police Department, 267 West Front Street, Burlington NC. Questions or comments concerning this grant can be forwarded to Lt. T.C. Buckner by e-mail at tbuckner@ci.burlington.nc.us or by telephone at 229-3544.

 

Garbage pick-up schedule altered for Easter holiday

The City of Burlington’s Sanitation Division will NOT collect garbage on Monday, April 13 due to the Easter holiday.
Garbage
• Monday’s route (4/13) will be collected on Tuesday, April 14.
• Tuesday’s route (4/14) will be collected on Wednesday, April 15.
• Thursday (4/15) and Friday’s (4/16) routes will remain normal.
Recycling
TFC Recycling will maintain their regular schedule.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Next City Council Work Session
Monday, May 4, 2009, 7:00 pm, at the Kernodle Senior Center
Next City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:00 pm, at the Municipal Building (rescheduled from March 17, 2009)
City Offices Closed
Friday, April 10, 2009 for the Good Friday holiday

Free tax preparation available to low-income and elderly residents
Need help preparing your taxes, or know someone who does?  Help is available.  The Burlington Weed and Seed VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program for the 2008 tax season is up and running through Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The Weed and Seed Initiative at the Burlington Police Department is partnered with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church, Freedom Fellowship Church and Centro La Comunidad to provide free tax preparation to low income and elderly residents. Call Carolyn Boggs at 336 570-6530 to schedule an appointment.
Email: cboggs@ci.burlington.nc.us

 

Looking for some Easter fun on April 10th and 11th?  Find the Easter Egg hunt for you at http://www.burlingtonnc.gov/currentevents.asp

 

2009 Alamance Burlington Senior Games
Monday, April 13, 2009 – Thursday, May 7, 2009, various times and locations
Do you know an energetic, always on the go, loves to socialize senior? Then spread the word! Coming this spring, the 2009 Alamance/Burlington Senior Games. This program is offered to all Alamance County adults’ ages 55 years and over. First, second, and third place winners in sanctioned events are eligible to compete in the North Carolina Senior Games held in the fall. SilverArts, part of Senior Games, allows seniors to participate in visual, heritage, and performing arts. A talent show to present their talents will be held. For more information on participating and volunteering please call 222-5135.
The Alamance County, Burlington, and Graham Recreation & Parks Departments, Alamance County YMCA, Burlington Senior Adult Leisure Services, and Alamance Health Services produce this event.
Opening Ceremonies: April 14, 2009
Awards Tea: May 7, 2009
Silver arts: May 14, 2009

Spring Break Fundays
Monday, April 13, 2009 – Friday, April 17, 2009, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Thataways Youth Center
Burlington Recreation & Parks will offer Fundays during Spring Break. Let us entertain your kids with crafts, movies, organized games, and much more. For more information or to register, please call 222-5072.  Cost is $21 per day, or $84 for the week, ages 4-12.

Abrakadoodle – Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life Doodle”
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Thataways Youth Center
In celebration of Earth Day, we will use recycled materials for our framed project while we discuss a fascinating artist, Gustav Klimt, and his role as the founder of the Art Nouveau movement in Austria. We will make our very own "Tree of Life" masterpiece as we employ techniques from the Art Nouveau movement. Don't miss out on a chance to be a GREEN KID on Earth Day! In the Abrakadoodle multicultural classes, children learn about contemporary and master artists and artistic techniques from around the world. Children will use a wide variety of media and develop a vocabulary to talk about art. Each class results in a unique finished product ready to be taken home. Cost is $11 to cover instruction and materials, for kids ages 6-12.  For more information or to register, please call 222-5134.

Southern Conference Tennis Championships for Men and Women
Thursday, April 23, 2009, - Friday, April 24, 2009, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Burlington Tennis Center
Team Conference Championships for 12 men’s and women’s teams. For more information, please call 229-3155.

What’s After High School Expo
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Mayco Bigelow Community Center
Where are you going? How will you get there? Now is the time to start planning for the future. Do you want to go to college? Are you considering the military? Do you think community college might be the right choice for you? Explore your options at the second annual What’s After High School Expo. This event will offer career exploration activities and entertainment for all ABSS students and their families. We hope to motivate students to begin serious planning and preparation for life after high school before they reach the 12th grade. This is a collaborative effort between the Alamance-Burlington School System, the Alamance County Public Libraries, the Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, and Alamance Citizens for Education. For more information call the North Park Public Library at 226-7185.

April 2009 Rabies Clinic
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Burlington Pet Adoption Center
Burlington Animal Services will be holding a rabies clinic on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $5.00. Bring your pet to the Burlington Pet Adoption Center, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Haw River. Dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.
The first case of rabies in Alamance County for 2009 was confirmed Tuesday, March 17. A skunk tested positive after an incident in West Burlington involving two dogs.
Please make sure your pet has a current rabies vaccine! It is the only way to protect your pet from this deadly virus and it is North Carolina state law.
For more information about rabies, click on Rabies Information in the Animal Services section of this website.

 

Visit the City’s website at www.burlingtonnc.gov for more information on upcoming events.

 

City Roadstwitter blocks


Emergency road closings can be found at Burlington’s Twitter.  Sign up at twitter.com/burlingtonnc.



 


CBC logo
Tired of gangs, graffiti, and neglected lots?  Call CBC at (336) 222-5024 or visit the website at
www.burlingtonnc.gov/CBC.




 

Watch City Council Meetings on the web.  Visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/media.  New videos are posted the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

 

 

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This Week in Burlington

April 10, 2009 – April 23, 2009

Donations made to Police, Recreation
Two generous Burlington business owners presented the City Council with checks to support programs funded by the City. The donations were gratefully accepted at the Council’s meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Municipal Building.

Jennifer Campbell, District Manager of Sheetz Corportation, said that her company always makes a donation to a community program anytime they open a new store in a new location. In honor of their new station opening in Burlington, they decided to make a donation of $5,000 to the Telecommunications Center at the Burlington Police Department. The decision was spurred by the upcoming National Public Safety Telecommunications week, which is celebrated the second full week in April each year (April 12 – April 18, 2009). In her presentation, Campbell said, “We are open 24/7/365 like the police and fire departments, so we thought it would be appropriate to support them in their efforts.”

Kelly Shirley came before the Council as a representative of Dick Shirley Chevrolet to present their contribution to Burlington’s Youth Baseball program. The donation is a part of Chevy’s national campaign to support youth baseball. An initial check for $500 was given to the Recreation and Parks Department to help fund the costs Burlington’s program. Additionally, tickets were donated for a regional raffle to win a brand new Chevy Tahoe and other local prizes, including services like free oil-changes. All proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets goes directly to the Recreation Department to support youth sports. At $5 per ticket, the Recreation Department has the potential to make up to $10,000 in pure profit from the sale of the tickets. Mark Cryan, Athletic Director for the City, said that tickets would be sold at the Recreation Department and at youth sports games.

City Council continues street solicitation ordinance discussion

In response to the amendments of the State street solicitation statute, the Burlington City Council approved a review of the City’s street solicitation ordinance. The Council voted unanimously for City Attorney, Bob Ward, to draft an ordinance for discussion at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The proposed draft would bring the City in line with the new State guidelies which ban all street solicitators except those selling newspapers in the non-used areas of public roads.

Mayor Pro Tem David Huffman was the lone dissenter on the motion to extend the moratorium on street solicitation, favoring the view that special enabling legislation for the City and does not bind the City to the State’s new mandate. Had the other three Councilmembers not voted in favor of extending the moratorium, it would have ended at midnight on April 7th, and the City’s current street solicitation ordinance, which does not allow any street solicitation in roads, on medians, or in right-of-ways, would have taken effect. The current extension lasts until May 5, 2009.

Public safety is the root of the issue. The current City ordinance was passed in response to citizen complaints that street solicitation posed traffic hazards and looked bad for the community.
Councilmember Jim Butler proposed to include the State’s changes in the proposed draft ordinance that will be reviewed at the Council’s next meeting. Mayor Ronnie Wall agreed with Councilmember Butler’s move to put the changes to the State statute in the City’s ordinance.

The proposed ordinance will be discussed and a date of public hearing will be set at the April 21, 2009 meeting of the City Council.

Proposed State bills draw Council approval and opposition

New proposed State legislation regarding annexation procedures received Council praise, while the State’s suggested changes to road and highway maintenance were unanimously panned. Following the meeting on April 7, 2009, all of the Councilmembers signed letters stating their positions to be sent to State Representatives Alice Bordsen, Cary Allred, and State Senator Tony Foriest.

The proposed bills on City annexation requirements would impose new reporting requirements on the City to improve communication with affected citizens. In addition, the new legislation would provide provisions for citizen-initiated annexations of lower-income communities that would benefit from the services cities can provide. Currently, one hundred percent of community residents have to approve of a citizen-initiated annexation before it can take effect, but the new bill reduces the consenting number to seventy-five percent of the low-wealth community’s property owners.

In another matter, the Council opposed new State legislation regarding the responsibilities for maintenance of public roads and highways. The three bills up for discussion at the State legislature would have the State maintain only roads classified as major collectors, arterials, and interstates by the NC DOT, transferring the upkeep of an estimated 22,000 lane miles of road to the City or County, according to City Engineer Lanny Rhew. Not only does the Council oppose the legislation because towns and cities do not have the means to operate such a venture, but also because the proposed bills do not provide any funding to the municipalities that complete the work. City Manager Harold Owen called it “a drastic change” and Councilmember Huffman agreed, noting that essentially the State was keeping road funds and passing on additional responsibilities to municipalities. If the bill were to pass, Councilmember Huffman also said that it would significantly strain the City’s tax base because property taxes would have to go up in order to cover the hefty costs of road maintenance.

A letter voicing Burlington’s opposition to these bills was signed by the Council has been sent to Raleigh. For more information on annexation, be sure to read the forthcoming publication of City Works included in all City water bills.

City receives excellence in public information award
John Robert Nixon, Public Information Officer for the City of Burlington was among 16 North Carolina government communications professionals to earn recognition in the first North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards presented Thursday, April 2 during a banquet at the Hickory Museum of Art as part NC3C’s second annual Spring Conference.

A total of 32 awards were presented in 10 categories. Categories included TV & Videos, Communication Technology, Special Events, Printed Publications, Most Creative Activity with the Least Dollars of Spent, Service Delivery, Marketing Tools, and Communications Plans.

Nixon received a second place award in the category of Most Creative Activity with the Least Dollars Spent for “Burlington 2.0”, a Web 2.0 project from the Office of Public Information. “Burlington 2.0” encompassed a wide variety of electronic communication tools Burlington recently implemented. These communication tools include: Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, Google Videos, and other forms of online media.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia. Each judge had previously won first or second-place in the national Savvy Awards, presented annually by the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).

The purpose of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March, 2007 by 27 professional communicators from around the state. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 70 members. For more information about NC3C, visit the website, www.nc3c.com.

CITY STAFF REPORTS
From the Police Department: Community Policing

Chief of Police Mike Williams gave a positive report to the City Council on community Police programs and the effects of new technology and policies. Highlights of the presentation include:

The Weed and Seed program has been running successfully on Federal funding for the past four years. As of this coming June, the Federal funding ends, but the program was designed to be sustainable by the City when other funding ran out. Weed and Seed’s goal is to enrich education, raise literacy levels, decrease drop-out rates, and provide at-risk youth with positive after-school activities
Project Safe Neighborhoods, in conjunction with Project Safe Alamance, has held three notification seminars. Twenty-one convicted felons attended, seventeen of who chose to end their careers in crime and accept help to become law-abiding citizens leading productive lives because of the seminars.
Eighty-three officers have been trained to use the Police Department’s new wireless technology from the front seat of police vehicles. Benefits of using the new technology include decreasing response times, increasing officer safety through timely information, and increasing visible police presence in the community.
Nearly 200 applications were received by the Police Department in response to the call to fill twenty-two full-time staff vacancies. Seven new officers with thirty-nine years of combined experience have been selected to fill open positions, and ten officers are in the process of completing field training before August 1st. Chief Williams expressed hope that a full staff should be in place before 2010.
The Community Crime Abatement Team (CCAT) and the Gang Task Force have been fully implemented to prevent, intervene, and suppress crime related to drugs, gangs, prostitution, and disorderly conduct.
Vehicle pursuits by patrol officers have been effectively stemmed by the new Vehicle Pursuit policy that was implemented in September 2008. The policy sets clear standards for the appropriateness of vehicle pursuits. Officers effectively overcame a learning curve, and since the beginning of this year, no vehicle pursuits have occurred by City Police Officers.
From the Recreation and Parks Department: Facility acquisition and improvement
The Recreation Department was pleased to present the City Council with updates on the improvements made to the City’s athletic stadium and the purchase of property that used to be part of the old Burlington Industries Pioneer complex. According to Mark Cryan, Athletic Director, repairs to the supports of the athletic stadium were completed for $45,000 – under budget by $15,000 and in time for the USA South Conference being held in Burlington April 16 – 19.

Additionally, the Recreation Department was able to use Community Development Block Grant funds to help purchase land across from Fairchild Park from Lee Properties of High Point, NC. Two soccer fields, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, and bathroom facilities are all on the slate for development. Cryan says that the “landowner was happy to see it go to a good public use,” and that it would fill a need that the City currently isn’t meeting. Over seven acres of land was purchased for $125,000, significantly less than the appraised purchase price.

Are you a fan of the City? Show it on Facebook! Burlington now has a Facebook page. As you connect with the people in your life, stop by our page to get the latest City news, announcements, RSS feeds, pictures, and videos. You don’t have to be a member to see the page – simply click here – but you must have an account to become a fan.

“This Week’s” Pet


Hi, my name is Rocky and I am a 10 month old Shepherd mix. I was found as a stray and I am looking for a new forever home. I'm a nice, friendly boy and I would love a family that will give me the care and attention I need. Maybe it's you! I'm available for $80 and I've been neutered and have my vaccinations. Please come meet me at the Burlington Pet Adoption Center, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Haw River. Call 578-0343 for information.


Grant Announcement

The City of Burlington, the County of Alamance, The City of Graham, and The City of Mebane will be applying jointly for an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the sum of $385,791. This grant application is available for public review from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday –Friday at the Burlington Police Department, 267 West Front Street, Burlington NC. Questions or comments concerning this grant can be forwarded to Lt. T.C. Buckner by e-mail at tbuckner@ci.burlington.nc.us or by telephone at 229-3544.

Garbage pick-up schedule altered for Easter holiday

The City of Burlington’s Sanitation Division will NOT collect garbage on Monday, April 13 due to the Easter holiday.
Garbage
• Monday’s route (4/13) will be collected on Tuesday, April 14.
• Tuesday’s route (4/14) will be collected on Wednesday, April 15.
• Thursday (4/15) and Friday’s (4/16) routes will remain normal.
Recycling
TFC Recycling will maintain their regular schedule.

Upcoming Events
Next City Council Work Session
Monday, May 4, 2009, 7:00 pm, at the Kernodle Senior Center
Next City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:00 pm, at the Municipal Building (rescheduled from March 17, 2009)
City Offices Closed
Friday, April 10, 2009 for the Good Friday holiday

Free tax preparation available to low-income and elderly residents
Need help preparing your taxes, or know someone who does? Help is available. The Burlington Weed and Seed VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program for the 2008 tax season is up and running through Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The Weed and Seed Initiative at the Burlington Police Department is partnered with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church, Freedom Fellowship Church and Centro La Comunidad to provide free tax preparation to low income and elderly residents. Call Carolyn Boggs at 336 570-6530 to schedule an appointment.
Email: cboggs@ci.burlington.nc.us

Looking for some Easter fun on April 10th and 11th? Find the Easter Egg hunt for you at http://www.burlingtonnc.gov/currentevents.asp

2009 Alamance Burlington Senior Games
Monday, April 13, 2009 – Thursday, May 7, 2009, various times and locations
Do you know an energetic, always on the go, loves to socialize senior? Then spread the word! Coming this spring, the 2009 Alamance/Burlington Senior Games. This program is offered to all Alamance County adults’ ages 55 years and over. First, second, and third place winners in sanctioned events are eligible to compete in the North Carolina Senior Games held in the fall. SilverArts, part of Senior Games, allows seniors to participate in visual, heritage, and performing arts. A talent show to present their talents will be held. For more information on participating and volunteering please call 222-5135.
The Alamance County, Burlington, and Graham Recreation & Parks Departments, Alamance County YMCA, Burlington Senior Adult Leisure Services, and Alamance Health Services produce this event.
Opening Ceremonies: April 14, 2009
Awards Tea: May 7, 2009
Silver arts: May 14, 2009

Spring Break Fundays
Monday, April 13, 2009 – Friday, April 17, 2009, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Thataways Youth Center
Burlington Recreation & Parks will offer Fundays during Spring Break. Let us entertain your kids with crafts, movies, organized games, and much more. For more information or to register, please call 222-5072. Cost is $21 per day, or $84 for the week, ages 4-12.

Abrakadoodle – Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life Doodle”
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Thataways Youth Center
In celebration of Earth Day, we will use recycled materials for our framed project while we discuss a fascinating artist, Gustav Klimt, and his role as the founder of the Art Nouveau movement in Austria. We will make our very own "Tree of Life" masterpiece as we employ techniques from the Art Nouveau movement. Don't miss out on a chance to be a GREEN KID on Earth Day! In the Abrakadoodle multicultural classes, children learn about contemporary and master artists and artistic techniques from around the world. Children will use a wide variety of media and develop a vocabulary to talk about art. Each class results in a unique finished product ready to be taken home. Cost is $11 to cover instruction and materials, for kids ages 6-12. For more information or to register, please call 222-5134.

Southern Conference Tennis Championships for Men and Women
Thursday, April 23, 2009, - Friday, April 24, 2009, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Burlington Tennis Center
Team Conference Championships for 12 men’s and women’s teams. For more information, please call 229-3155.

What’s After High School Expo
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Mayco Bigelow Community Center
Where are you going? How will you get there? Now is the time to start planning for the future. Do you want to go to college? Are you considering the military? Do you think community college might be the right choice for you? Explore your options at the second annual What’s After High School Expo. This event will offer career exploration activities and entertainment for all ABSS students and their families. We hope to motivate students to begin serious planning and preparation for life after high school before they reach the 12th grade. This is a collaborative effort between the Alamance-Burlington School System, the Alamance County Public Libraries, the Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, and Alamance Citizens for Education. For more information call the North Park Public Library at 226-7185.

April 2009 Rabies Clinic
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Burlington Pet Adoption Center
Burlington Animal Services will be holding a rabies clinic on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $5.00. Bring your pet to the Burlington Pet Adoption Center, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Haw River. Dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.
The first case of rabies in Alamance County for 2009 was confirmed Tuesday, March 17. A skunk tested positive after an incident in West Burlington involving two dogs.
Please make sure your pet has a current rabies vaccine! It is the only way to protect your pet from this deadly virus and it is North Carolina state law.
For more information about rabies, click on Rabies Information in the Animal Services section of this website.

Visit the City’s website at www.burlingtonnc.gov for more information on upcoming events.

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