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This Week in Burlington (December 19, 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

 Our Mission

“The City of Burlington is dedicated to providing high quality municipal services within our diverse community in a friendly, professional and efficient manner in order to promote the safety, health, and quality of life of residents and employees.”


December 19, 2014

 Highlights of This Issue:

Council News
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates 
  • Council Meeting Summary (December 16th)
  • New Councilmember
Animal Services News
  • Home for the Holidays Adoption Special 
Special Events 
  • Christmas in the Park
Recreation News & Events
  • "Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens" Premiere 
Sanitation News
  • Holiday Schedule 
  • E-Waste Recycling Event
Police News
  • Holiday Safety
  • BARS Training

 Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 

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

View the meeting Agendas here.

Council Meeting Highlights 
December 16, 2014

  • The 2015 North Carolina Fireman's Association annual certification was approved.
  • Change Order No. 1 to the Little Alamance Creek Outfall Sewer Rehabilitation Project was approved. The contract with Layne Inliner was extended for 103 calendar days.
  • An amendment was approved for the economic development agreement between Sheetz Distribution Services, LLC and the City of Burlington. All incentive grants will begin one year earlier. 
  • A public hearing was set for January 6, 2015 to consider adopting a resolution confirming a water assessment roll for Fairview Drive from Westview Terrace to Garden Road.
  • A public hearing was held to consider adopting an ordinance creating and levying a Municipal Vehicle Tax for Public Transportation. The item will be continued at the January 20, 2015 meeting.
  • City Council approved a request for additional funding to the Alamance County Transportation Authority. 
  • A request to rezone 109 Townhomes and 56 Single Family Lots from R-15 Residential District to CR, Conditional Residential District was approved. A public hearing was scheduled for March 3, 2015. 
  • City Council approved the Community Development Division Language Access Plan. 
  • A resolution was adopted  making certain findings and determinations, authorizing the filing of an application with the Local Government Commission and accepting the proposal of the winning bidder in connection with the proposed issuance of general obligation refunding bonds of the City of Burlington and to authorize the Mayor, City Manager, Director of Finance and City Clerk to sign the appropriate documents.  
  • City Council approved the proposed Fees and Charges Schedule to be effective January 1, 2015. 

Want to watch the video of the Council Meeting? Find it on our

Council Appoints Kathy Hykes to Vacant Council Seat 

Hykes Headshot

During their December 16, 2014 meeting, the Burlington City Council selected Kathy Hykes to fill the vacancy left by David Huffman who resigned in October to take the post of City Attorney. Mrs. Hykes will be sworn in on January 6th. Her term will expire on December 1, 2015.

Mrs. Hykes has spent her life committed to community service and improving the lives of others. In addition to having served as a Burlington City Council member between 1981 and 1985, she has held numerous civic leadership positions with organizations such as: the NC Advisory Council on Head Start, the Burlington City Board of Education, The Foundation Serving Alamance, the Alamance County United Way, and the Alamance County Human-Relations Commission. She assisted in founding the Diversity Institute of Bermuda, the Alamance Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy, and the Rape Crisis Alliance (now, Crossroads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center). She holds a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University as well as Certificates in Early Childhood Leadership Development, Diversity Facilitation, Experience Based Facilitation, and Education for Ministry.

Of her appointment, Mrs. Hykes says “I am most interested in Burlington being a very livable, attractive city with opportunities for all of its citizens, especially employment, recreation, education, and culture.” She adds, “During my appointment, I hope to add what I can to the discussion regarding the updating of our Unified Development Ordinance.”

Mrs. Hykes currently serves as the chair of the Newlin School Partnership and as a mentor and facilitator of Education for Ministry. She is married to Bob Hykes and is the mother of three children and grandmother of five.

Mrs. Hykes will take the oath of office on January 6, 2014 at 7:00PM in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, located at 425 South Lexington Avenue in downtown Burlington. 

Holiday Sanitation Schedule & Closures

Holiday Ad 2014

City offices will be closed December 24, 25, 26 & January 1. Please take note of the sanitation schedule changes for both the week of December 21st and December 28th. Visit http://burlingtonnc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1068 for more information. 

E Waste Flyer

Did you receive new electronics this holiday? Need to make room for the new by recycling the old? Bring your unwanted e-waste to a FREE recycling event on February 7, 2015. Visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/ewaste for more info.

Home for the Holidays Flyer

Home for the Holidays 1/2 price adoption special will run December 15-22. The Adoption Center will stay open late (until 5pm) on Saturday 12/20 and until 7pm on Monday 12/22. Bring home a friend for the holidays! Visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/pets to see adoptable pets, or follow the Pet Adoption Center on Facebook. Help us share more information about our adoptable animals! Use the hashtag #BTownPets on Instagram!

Holiday Events

Visit our list of Holiday Events for more information about everything going on in Burlington this Holiday Season, or follow Burlington Recreation & Parks on Facebook and Twitter @BurlingtonNC. Find pictures of each the events on the City's Facebook and Instagram, BurlingtonNC.

Christmas in the Park


Christmas in the Park is December 22nd 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burlington City Park and Thataways Youth Center


Paramount Theater Upcoming Shows 

Guacamole Queens Flyer

"A trio of famous playwrights had their pick of any stage in the country for the premiere for their newest play. But did they go with New York, Los Angeles or Chicago? No, playgoers in the Piedmont will get to see it first!"

Read the Fox8 report on the show here.

Dewey Davenport (Allen Wilkerson) and Peaches (Jane McLelland) share a moment in a dress rehearsal shot from the PAC world premiere production of "Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens." For more information, follow The Paramount Theater on Facebook or view upcoming shows on their page. Call the Box Office at (336)222-8497

 Disaster Relief Survey
We need your assistance!

The counties of Alamance, Durham, and Orange, in coordination with their participating municipal jurisdictions, are preparing a regional hazard mitigation plan that will cover the three-county "Eno-Haw" area. The Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan will identify local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires, and winter weather.

This is an update to the previous, individual hazard mitigation plans initially prepared and adopted by each county in coordination with their municipalities following the passage of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The plan will meet key federal planning regulations which require local governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation projects.

This survey provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that help lessen the impacts of future disasters. Participation in this survey is voluntary and none of the information you provide will be attributed to you directly.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/aodhazardmitigation

Holiday Shopping Tips & BARS Training 
  1. shopping tips

  2. Stay safe during last minute shopping by always being aware of your surroundings. Have your keys out when you leave the store, try to park in well lit areas and ALWAYS lock your vehicle!
  3. BARS Training

  4. If you are in the retail or food industry and sell alcohol or tobacco products, please take the time to learn the rules. This free training will take place on Dec. 29th  at 2pm at First Methodist Church in Elon.

Find the City of Burlington on Social Media and stay up to date on the latest happenings and photos from around town.

and on Instagram @BurlingtonNC

This Week in Burlington
 is a publication of the City of Burlington's Office of Public Information. Email  or call 222-5073 with questions or concerns.