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This Week in Burlington (April 25, 2014)
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"This Week in Burlington" is a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by the City's Office of Public Information. "This Week" includes council meeting summaries, news, information about events, and more. You are receiving this newsletter because you have signed up for the "City News" Notify Me email alerts at www.BurlingtonNC.gov. "This Week" is also available on the web at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/ThisWeek

 April 25, 2014

In This Issue:
  • April 15, 2014 Council Meeting Summary 
  • Annual Water Quality Report Now Available
  • "Destination Burlington": Community Visioning 
  • Get involved: MindMixer
  • Bulk Waste Collection Extension 

Upcoming Events:
  • Pet Adoption Anniversary Special (4/25 - 4/26)
  • Alamance Beautiful Graffiti Removal Day (4/26)
  • Free Rain Garden Workshop (4/26)
  • City Park East Egg Hunt Rescheduled (4/27)
  • Active City Streets (5/3)
  • Community Stream Clean Up (5/17)
  • Welcome to Medicare Seminar (5/20)
  • Free E-Waste Drop Off Event (6/7)

 Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 
When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

Annual Budget Work Session 
When: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm**
** During the April 1st Council Meeting it was decided that all future Work Sessions will be held at 5:00 pm.

View the meeting Agendas here.

Council Meeting Summary 
April 15, 2014

Mayor Ronnie Wall called the meeting to order.
Councilmember Robert Ward led a moment of silence.
City Clerk Renee Ward read the code of ethics statement and Mayor Pro Tem Huffman stated he would have a conflict of interest with Item #6 (discussion regarding hiring a City Attorney).

Consent Agenda
  • Approve Traffic Commission recommendations:
  • To place a mid-block crosswalk on Shannon Drive
  • To remove the existing 3am-6am no-parking restriction from all on-street timed parking spaces in Downtown Burlington
  • Set the date of May 9, 2014 for advertising unpaid taxes.
  • To approve an agreement between the City of Burlington and Synagro for a one-month contract extension for biosolids management.
  • Budget Amendment (Police Donation)
  • Budget Amendment (CDBG Reallocation of Funds)

Public Hearings

  • A public hearing was held to receive citizen comments on the proposed Community Development Program 2014-2015 One-Year Action Plan

New Business
  • City council approved serving beer and wine at the Alamance County Art Council biennial Willow Walk on Saturday, June 7, 2014 upon the submittal of proper insurance documentation.
  • City Council approved a Profession Services Agreement with EMA Resources, Inc. to manage the City's treatment residuals.

  • Council heard a report from Piedmont Triad Council of Governments' Administration and Member Services Director, Matt Reece regarding a Position Classification Study
  • City Manager, Harold Own, gave a 2014-2015 Budget Overview

Old Business
  • A public hearing was continued for an application to rezone Alamance County Tax Map 113-466, lot 100 and 112-464, lot 22 from R-6 Residential to CI Conditional Zoning for use of a parking lot. The rezoning request was approved. 
  • City Council continued discussions regarding the hiring process for a new City Attorney.

Public Comment
  • Mr. Kent Garner spoke in favor of Public Transporation

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Recorded Council meetings can be accessed at either www.BurlingtonNC.gov/media or atwww.Youtube.com/COBNC. If you would like to obtain a DVD copy of a particular meeting, please contact the City's Public Information Office at 222-5076 for more information. 

Annual Water Quality Report Now Available Online

he City of Burlington makes a comprehensive Water Quality Report available to residents and water customers annually. This report can be found at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/WaterQuality. Questions about the content of the report may be directed to 222-5133. Paper copies may also be requested by calling 222-5133.

 Destination Burlington: Creating  Vision for Your Community 

Destination Burlington

The City needs your help in planning for Burlington's future development. How can you help?

  • Save the Date for the Community Visioning Workshop happening on May 8th, 6pm-8pm at the Kernodle Senior Center (1535 S. Mebane St.).

 Share your ideas with MindMixer

MindMixer is an online platform that helps gather ideas and feedback from the community. You can answer poll questions, submit ideas, vote for the ideas of others, submit and view photos from the community and more. Help the City craft a 20-year plan that truly reflects the needs and desires of the community by participating on the MindMixer platform.

Check it out now:

 Free Bulk Waste Collection Extended to May 16th

Burlington City Council voted to waive bulk waste collection fees from March 3rd through May 2nd as part of a Spring Cleaning Special. In the wake of the March 7, 2013 ice storm however, the City initiated a debris collection contract with Phillips & Jordan.

Phillips & Jordan has completed their first pass of collections and are currently working through the city to collect a second round of debris. This is estimated to continue over the next week.

As Phillips & Jordan crews phase out or storm debris collection and City Sanitation crews begin taking over typical yard debris and bulk waste collections, the Burlington City Council has voted to extend the free bulk waste collection period through May 16th. Residents will not be charged for any yard debris or bulky waste collected through May 16th.

It’s important for residents to leave 5’ between debris piles and trash/recycle carts to facilitate normal refuse collections.  Do not place debris on any water meter vault, or near fire hydrant or other above-ground utilities. Do not place debris in culverts or curb drains as this could cause street flooding. Vegetative debris, limbs and shrubbery should be placed at the curb. Bundling or strapping debris is not required; typical size restrictions are waived through May 16th.

Bulk waste and storm debris will be collected at no charge to residents.  However, for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reporting and to allow workers to collect efficiently, we ask that storm debris, typical vegetative yard waste, white goods and household bulk materials all be placed in separate piles.  Learn more about bulk waste collections at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/BulkWaste.

Residents that have storm debris that has yet to be collected, please the City’s Public Works Department at 336-222-5005 to report the address of the debris. Please check the City website at www.BurlingtonNC.gov for additional information and updates on the debris removal process. The City would like to thank all residents for their patience during the ice storm recovery. 

Upcoming Events

Burlington Pet Adoption Center Anniversary Special

Anniversary Celebration

April 24, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Burlington Pet Adoption Center. To celebrate ten successful years of matching homeless pets with new forever families, adoptions on April 25th and 26th will be discounted.

On April 25th and 26th, dogs can be adopted for only $35 and cats for $25. All adoptable animals have been spayed or neutered, have one-year rabies shots and vaccinations, and have been dewormed. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Pets or come to meet them in person at the Pet Adoption Center located at 221 Stone Quarry Road in Haw River, just outside of the Burlington City limits.

To date, more than 9,000 animals have been adopted from the Burlington Pet Adoption Center. This bright, user-friendly facility became a reality in 2004 as the result of a 1/3 partnership between the City of Burlington, Alamance County and the non-profit Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS). The Pet Adoption Center is part of Burlington Animal Services which is operated by the City of Burlington and provides animal services to all areas in Alamance County. Financial support is also provided by Alamance County, the municipalities within the county, PAWS, and community donations.

The Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County, providing low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, evolved after the Pet Adoption Center opened in 2004. Although pet adoption is a critical link to solving Alamance’s County pet overpopulation problem, preventing animals from reproducing is the most effective method of decreasing the pet population. Decreasing the pet population reduces the numbers of animals that have to be euthanized, and increases the number of possible adoptions.

More information about the Burlington Pet Adoption Center, Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County or the Anniversary Adoption Special can be obtained by contacting Burlington Animal Services at 578-0343.

Alamance County Beautification Day

Beautification Day

Join the Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Leadership Alamance Class and the Burlington Police Department in day of community service on April 26th. Devote a few hours to assist painting area businesses and removing graffiti from their outdoor premises. You can also donate any supplies or resources you may have. Contact Lauren Cook at to sign up.

Free Rain Garden Workshop

Rain Garden

Alamance County Cooperative Extension and the City of Burlington Stormwater Division are offering a Rain Garden workshop on April 26, 2014. The class will begin at 10 am at the Alamance County Cooperative Extension Center and conclude around 12:30 pm at the Fairchild Soccer Park. Registration is free so please call (336) 570-6740 to reserve a spot or register online at go.ncsu.edu/raingardenworkshop.

The workshop will begin with presentations given by Geoff Leister-Master Gardener, Chester Patterson-Environmental Specialist, and Bonnie Hutchinson-Horticulturalist set to start at 10:00AM at the Alamance County Center, 209-C N Graham-Hopedale Road, Burlington, NC. Attendees will then be directed to the soccer park to participate in the hands on planting portion of the workshop, which will conclude around 12:30 PM. Rain Gardens are areas that use plants and soils to remove pollutants from rain water runoff by way of adsorption and filtration.

City Park Easter Egg Hunt Rescheduled 


Burlington Recreation & Parks

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

City Park


Sunday, April 27, 2014

4:00pm for ages 2-5

4:30pm for ages 6-12

Field # 1 Burlington City Park

Cost: FREE

Burlington Recreation & Parks announces the rescheduled rain date for City Park’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 2-12 years old are invited Sunday April 27, 2014 to City Park field #1 for an Eggxtravaganza.

The hunt will be located at City Park. Field #1.  New this year BRPD is dividing the egg hunts into two times.  First egg hunt will be at 4:00pm, for children 2-5 years old.  During this hunt, one parent per child is allowed on the hunting grounds.  In order to keep all children safe, no strollers are allowed on the hunting grounds.  The second hunt will start at 4:30pm for children ages 6-12 years old.  During this hunt no parents are allowed on the hunting grounds. 

Join the fun the eggs will be filled with candy, tickets to the amusement park rides, the Maynard Aquatic Center and many more surprises.  Each hunt will include prize eggs. There will be one lucky egg winner and several prize winners.  Keep your eye for the Easter Bunny for photo opportunities. 

The Amusement Park will open during the Easter Egg Hunt.

Burlington Recreation and Parks held a Facebook competition last week asking the community to guess the number of Easter eggs used in the city Park’s annual hunt.  We had a tie of two community members that guessed 10.000.  We will hunt 10,754 eggs at the hunt.

They won a Park Experience PRIZE basket:
• FREE Family Park pass for Burlington City Park - $90 value
• FREE Family Maynard Aquatics Center pass - $295 value
• FREE round of golf at Indian Valley (includes green fee and cart fee) – $35 value
• 2 Carousel Festival t-shirts (choose your size from adult and youth sizes) 

We can be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Burlington-Recreation-Parks and twitter @BurlingtonNC.  Keep an eye out for more exciting contest on our social media.

 For more information, please call 222-5030 or visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/recreation.

Active City Streets: May 3rd


Burlington Recreation and Parks in partnership with
 The Downtown Corporation present the 3rd Annual Active City Streets in downtown Burlington.
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Wear your tennis shoes, this event is designed to get you moving! There will be stations set up all over the streets of downtown to keep you active. Learn to hula hoop, Play a life size game of Chutes-and Ladders, take a zumba class, lets your kids play in the kid zone and then grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks. 

A BMX course will be set up and Burlington BMX will provide bikes or you can bring your own. Andrews Elementary School's unicycle team will also perform. Bands will fill the streets with music as you explore the activities. 

Our great downtown shops and restaurants will be open.  Make sure you stop in and see what all the buzz is about our great downtown district.  

Active City Street Community Partners

 YMCA Logo   Healthy Alamance Logo  Alamance Partnership For Children Logo

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March of Dimes small thumb    Alamance County Health Department Logo

Date: Saturday May 3, 2014
Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm
Location: Downtown Burlington
Cost: Attendance is Free

(Fees associated with some activities) 
Face Painting


Located in Downtown

200 S Main Street, Burlington NC

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For more information, please call 513-5030 or email Special Events Coordinator Facebook

Community Stream Clean Up: May 17th

The City of Burlington and the City of Graham invite all local service groups, youth groups, and their residents to participate in a Stream Side Cleanup of Little Alamance Creek on May 17, 2014. This Cleanup is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Burlington and its numerous Key Clubs who already serve Alamance County. The Little Alamance Creek Clean Up offers volunteers a chance to make a difference for the environment by promoting the protection of water quality, riparian ecosystems, and recreational uses within Alamance County. Come out and join us as we remove debris and other items from the stream that have an impact on water quality. Participants will meet for the cleanup at 8:00 am on May 17, 2014 in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community parking lot at 1620 Hanford Road, Graham NC 27253. For more information or to register as a volunteer you can contact the City of Burlington at or call (336) 222-5140. For more information on the programs

Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Day

Saturday, June 7th
City residents can drop off electronic waste to be recycled at the Public Works’ parking lot. Business disposal of e-waste will be prohibited. Signage and traffic cones will be in place to help direct recyclers to the proper location. Home electronics, personal computers, personal electronics and many other miscellaneous electronic devices will be accepted at the e-waste recycling event. Batteries are not accepted and alkaline batteries must be removed from electronic devices before dropping they are recycled. White goods, appliances, air conditioning units and other non-electronic items will not be accepted. Call 222-5095 or visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/ewaste for more information.

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Welcome to Medicare

Turning 65 or planning to retire soon? If you are, please join the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for a “Welcome to Medicare” program on Tuesday May 20, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Graham Public Library at 211 South Main Street,Graham, NC, 27253. The program will provide a basic overview of Medicare enrollment and coverage, Medigap policies, Medicare advantage plans and Medicare prescription drug plans. Registration is required. To register or if you have questions, please call the Kernodle Senior Center at 336-222-5135. SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

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Alamance County Beautification Day

Alamance County Beautification Day