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This Week in Burlington (March 27, 2015)
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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.”


March 27, 2015

 Highlights of This Issue:

Council News
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates 
  • Council Meeting Summary (March 17th)
Sanitation News
  • Easter Schedule Modifications
  • Household Hazardous Waste Event
  • Bulk Waste Collection Fee Waiver 
Police News
  • Community-Based Strategic Planning Sessions
Animal Services News
  • Rabies Clinic and Microchipping
Recreation News
  • Easter Events
  • Film Lab Summer Camp
  • Summer Tour Production
  • Go Green Kids!- National Volunteer Week
  • Active City Streets
Planning News
  • Tenant Landlord Workshop

 Upcoming Council Meetings

City Council Meeting 

When: Tuesday April 7 , 2015 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

View the meeting Agendas here.

 Council Meeting Summary 
  • A request was approved allowing Burlington Downtown Farmers’ Market to hold a farmers’ market in a portion of City Parking Lot #1 at the corner of Front Street and Spring Street each Saturday from April through October, from 8:00 am until 12 noon contingent upon meeting insurance requirements.
  • The following streets will be temporarily closed on May 2, 2015, from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm for the 2015 Burlington Recreation and Parks Department’s special event “Burlington Active City Streets”. 
    • Front Street from Main Street to Lexington Avenue
    • Main Street from Maple Avenue to Front Street
    • Davis Street from Main Street to Spring Street
    • Spring Street from Davis Street to Webb Avenue 

  • A date of public hearing was set for April 7, 2015 to receive citizens’ comments on the proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Community Development Program which includes the 2015-16 One Year Action Plan.  
  • A contract was awarded to George Raper & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $3,241,402.85 for the construction of Fire Station #6.
  • A Right-of-Way Use Agreement between Time Warner Cable and the City was approved for a ten year duration.
  • A letter of support will be submitted for an application to receive a federally funded Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. 

Easter 15

Burlington administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 3rd in observation of Good Friday.

City sanitation and recycling collection will be modified the week of April 5th.
Monday (4/6) garbage and red recycling routes will both be collected on Tuesday, April 7th.

Collections of Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday routes will all remain normal.

With questions regarding garbage, call (336) 222-5111. With questions regarding recycling, call (336) 229-0525

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off

Saturday, April 18th
Burlington Fire Training Center
8 am-1 pm

Rain or Shine Household Generated Waste Only – NO Commercial/Business Waste

Accepted Types of hazardous waste: • Latex & oil based paint and spray paint • Household cleaners, drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants • Solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, sealers, wood preservatives • Automotive products including brake fluid, antifreeze, used motor oil (up to 5-gal per resident), filters, gasoline • Pesticides & insecticides including poisons, aerosols, weed killers • Miscellaneous materials such as acids, bases, kerosene, batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, mercury, fluorescent tubes • Camp and grill size propane cylinders only

Household material NOT accepted: • Gas Cylinders (except camp and grill size propane cylinders) • Explosives / Ammunition • Medical Waste • Electronics / TVs / Computers • Radioactives / Smoke Detectors

This free event is sponsored by the Alamance County Landfill and is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Extension.

BPD Hosting Successful
Community-Based Strategic Planning Meetings  

Planning Sessions

On March 10th and 14th, the Burlington Police Department hosted dynamic community-based strategic planning workshops that involved Burlington residents in determining the direction for the Burlington Police Department over the next 3-5 years. An average of 25 community members participated in each session. Participants spent 4 hours engaging with one another and law enforcement officers as the Chief of Police, Jeffrey Smythe, guided them through small-group visioning and planning exercises.

"So far, we have had two session with excellent attendance; I've been so impressed with the divsersity of input that we have received," commented Chief Smythe. "These sessions are a remarkable opportunity for citizens to engage in strategic planning with the police department and to create a vision for a better department." 

Gene Boswell and his wife participated in a community-based strategic planning session held at the Burlington Housing Authority. He commented that the sessions were “bridging the gap between the community and the Burlington Police Department.”

After a very successful Community Forum on police-community relations held on January 8th, the Burlington Police Department decided to build on the community engagement by inviting them to help plan for the future of police services in Burlington. Through these community-based strategic planning sessions, the Department hopes to continue to learn more about the kinds and quality of police services that the community desires. Each session consists of 20-25 residents and 7-8 officers. The sessions involve a detailed exchange of information and ideas, brainstorming, and planning.

Tammy Cobb attended a community-based strategic planning session on March 10th at the Kernodle Senior Center. “The Burlington Police Department planning sessions offer residents and concerned citizens an insight to the tremendous efforts of our officers and administration,” said Ms. Cobb. “It provides an opportunity for us to be active contributors to future plans that will impact our community.”

There are still slots available for residents to participate in any one of four upcoming community-based strategic planning sessions. The remaining session will be held at various local venues; residents may select which date and location is most convenient for them.





ARMC- Grand Oaks Center

1238 Huffman

Mill Rd.


8:30am -12:30pm

Positive Attitude Youth Center

229 N. Graham Hopedale Rd.


6:00pm – 9:30pm

Burlington Housing Authority

1211 Chandler Ct.



Blessed Sacrament Church

*Spanish Session

1620 Handford Rd., Graham, NC



Community members should RSVP to the session of their choice as soon as possible by emailing Iris Caballero at or by contacting her at (336) 229-3546.

View photos from the first two sessions here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/burlingtonnc/sets/72157651544134092/

Bulk Waste Collection Fee Waiver


From March 2nd through May 1st of 2015, the Burlington City Council has waived collection fees for bulk waste collection services. This applies to all customers currently receiving bulk collection services through the City. The Sanitation Division asks that residents simply place bulk items, separated into different piles for bulk junk, bulk yard waste, and bulk white goods/appliances, out one day prior to their usual trash collection day.

Normal bulk collection fees are $6.75 per “bite” of a bulk truck if more than one “bite” is necessary.

Bulk items include:

Bulk Yard Waste
tree trimmings (shorter than six feet)
limbs (under six inches in diameter)
large yard waste volumes

Bulk Junk
large household items
large furniture items
rolled carpet 
Bulk White Goods/Appliances
large appliances
white goods
large metals

Loose items such as pine needles, clippings, leaves, etc. must be containerized for collection by yard waste crews. These should remain separate from the bulk waste piles.

Items that cannot be collected include motor oil, anti-freeze, batteries, scrap tires, construction debris, wood pallets, oyster shells, florescent light tubes, electronics, contractor waste, material generated by landscaping or tree services, firewood pieces, tree trunks, or any recyclables.

Residents can learn more by visiting www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Sanitation and may direct any questions to the City Sanitation Division at 222-5111.

Additional Info...

 Animal Services News

Rabies Clinic

$5 Rabies and $20 Microchipping Clinic will be held on March 28th from 9 am-11 am
at the Burlington Pet Adoption Center at 221 Stone Quarry Road in Haw River. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. 

Summer Film Lab

Film Lab

July 6-10 & July 13-17
Rising 7th-12th graders 
$50 per week or $90 for both 
Paramount Theater 1 pm-4 pm
To register contact 222-5134

 Summer Tour Production

Summer Tour Production

$80 for program 

Rising 4th-7th graders
Auditions June 8th & 9th 
Rehearsals June 15- July 3rd 
Tech weeks July 6-10 & July 13-17 
Paramount Theater 1 pm-4p m
Call 570-6516 to register

Landlord Tenant Workshop

Fair Housing

Know your rights: NC Landlord Tenant Rights and Responsibilities 
April 9th, 2 pm-4 pm Kernodle Senior Center

 Easter Events
Easter Egg

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 28 • 8am-10am 
For All Ages • Cost: $5 per person
Thataways Youth Center 
Celebrate with Burlington Recreation & Parks at Thataways Youth Center with the whole family!  The event includes breakfast, arts & crafts, and face painting. Don’t forget your camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny! Tickets will be on sale February 1 - March 26. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please call (336) 222-5134. Learn more about Thataways atwww.BurlingtonNC.com/thataways

Night Lite Easter Egg Hunt

March 27, 6:00 PM @ Fairchild Community Center

Ages: 6-8 For more information, please call (336) 222-5119.

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt

April 3, 6:00 PM @ Mayco Bigelow Community Center

Ages: 2-5 only, Burlington Recreation & Parks presents the annual Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your Easter baskets and enough room to store eggs that glow in the dark. Last year we had over 75 kids to search the gym for eggs with prizes inside. There will be prizes and giveaways. Kids can stick around and get a picture with the Easter Bunny. We will start at exactly 6pm until all of the eggs have been found, so don’t be late.

Burlington City Park Easter Egg Hunt

April 4, 10:00 AM @ Burlington City Park - Field #1

Ages: 2-12 Burlington Recreation & Parks invites families to the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the park. The hunt will be located at City Park on Field #1. New this year BRPD will be dividing the egg hunts into two times. First egg hunt will be at 10:00am, 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 10:30am 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 at 10am.

North Park Easter Egg Hunt

April 4, 10:00 AM @ North Park

Ages: 2-5, 6-9, 10-14, 15-Adults Burlington Recreation & Parks invites everyone to be a part of a tradition. Hunt for candy eggs and we will raffle off Easter baskets and prizes. We have something for everyone and the Easter Bunny will be there as well. The crowd is always large and we look forward to seeing you at North Park. Don’t forget your Easter baskets!

The Egg Splash Aqua Egg Hunt

April 4, 11:00 AM @ Maynard Aquatic Center

Ages: 0-14 Burlington Recreation & Parks invites you to grab your Easter Basket and head to the Aquatic Center for the annual Egg Splash Aqua Egg Hunt. Join the race as kids from the community jump in for the bright colorful eggs that fill the pool. The hunt will be held shortly after the City Park Easter Egg Hunt with the first age group beginning at 11am. After the event, those that participate in the Egg Splash will be allowed to stay for the remainder of the day at no charge. Public swimming will begin at normal time, 12pm. Bathing suits with liners are required. Cotton is not allowed in the pool including but not limited to t-shirts, underwear, street clothing, basketball shorts, mesh shorts, etc.

Special Populations’ Easter Egg Hunt

April 4, 1:00 PM @ Behind Thataways Youth Center

For All Ages Burlington Recreation & Parks will be offering an Easter Egg Hunt to any age person with developmental disabilities.


Active City Streets

Active City Streets was created in 2012 through a partnership of Recreation and Parks and The Burlington Downtown Corporation 

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, let your kids play in the kid zone and then grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks. 

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.  

 Go Green Kids! National Volunteer Week


Saturday, April 18
For All Ages
Thataways Youth Center

Join the Burlington Youth Council and Burlington Recreation & Parks as we make a difference in our community! Participants will spend the morning cleaning up the City Park, creating a craft with recyclables, learning how to compost, planting, and learning about other ways to go green! Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call (336) 222-5134. To learn more about other projects and volunteering in the community for National Volunteer Week, please call the United Way of Alamance County at (336) 438-2000.

 Calling All Volunteers: 

Staley Creek Clean Up

Join the Burlington Water Resources Department on April 25th from 8:00am to 12:00pm for a stream-side cleanup of Staley Creek and its tributaries. Call Chester Patterson at (336)222-5140 or email him at to sign up or for more information.

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