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This Week in Burlington (February 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.”


February 27, 2015

 Highlights of This Issue:

Council News
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates 
  • Apply for Boards & Commissions
  • Bulk Waste Collection Fee Waiver 
Tax & Utility News
  • Online Payments
HR News
  • Apply for jobs online with NeoGov
Police News
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Community-Based Strategic Planning Sessions
Recreation News
  • Athletics Announcements

 Upcoming Council Meetings

City Council Meeting 

When: Tuesday, March 3 , 2015 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

City Council Work Session Meeting 

When: Monday, March 2 , 2015 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

*Agenda Items from the cancelled February 17th meeting will be heard at the March 3rd meeting.

View the meeting Agendas here.

Community-Based Strategic Planning Meetings  

The Burlington Police Department (BPD) invites you to become a Burlington Police Community Partner and provide valuable information and perspective on our Community-Based Strategic Planning Initiative.

The BPD wants to know what you think. We are seeking to learn more about the kinds and quality of police services that Burlington desires. In a friendly and local venue, we will seek to create an environment that encourages discussion and allows for community feedback, which is the foundation of any community policing initiative. 

During the months of March and April, the BPD will host a number of four-hour Community-Based Strategic Planning Sessions which will allow us to bring officers together with community leaders and citizens for a candid conversation about police services. Each session should allow for a detailed exchange of information, including a briefing and question/answer session hosted by Chief Jeffrey Smythe. This will be followed by 2-3 hours of discussion, brain storming, and planning. A Spanish translator will be available at each session.  

If you wish to attend, please select one of the following dates/locations and RSVP  as soon as possible by emailing Iris Caballero at  or by calling her at (336) 229-3546. 

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 Online Tax Payments


The City of Burlington is now accepting credit card payments for utility bills online and in person! Customers can use visa, mastercard, or apple pay to pay utility bills with no convenience fee. Register to view your account information and pay online at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/BillPay

Apply for City Jobs Online! 


On February 15th, the City of Burlington will launch online job applications and application status tracking through the NeoGov portal. Job seekers will soon be able to view full job descriptions and apply directly from the online job postings at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Jobs. All City of Burlington job openings will also be listed on www.GovernmentJobs.com.

If you were previously registered to receive email updates about City of Burlington job openings, you will no longer receive these notifications and will need to sign up at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/JobInterest to continue to receive notifications about jobs available in the fields of your interest.

Apply for Boards & Commissions


The Burlington City Council encourages interested Burlington residents to apply to serve on any one of the City’s volunteer Boards and Commissions. Each year in June, the City Council appoints new members to fill vacancies on City Boards or Commissions, including:

Board of Adjustment
Burlington Historic Preservation Commission 
Burlington Minimum Housing Commission 
Tree and Appearance Commission 
Planning and Zoning Commission 
Public Transit Advisory Commission
Recreation and Parks Commission
Traffic Commission
Burlington - Alamance Airport Authority
Burlington - Graham Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Burlington Housing Authority

Most commissions are advisory in nature, evaluating matter pertaining to their purpose and issuing opinions to the City Council. Some, however, are quasi-judicial, presenting final rulings on the requests before the board that can only be appealed to the County Superior Court. Others serve a regulatory function.

City Council makes appointments to vacant positions in June of each year. To be considered, interested residents must submit a new application each fiscal year. The City accepts and files applications throughout the year but encourages residents to submit an application by April 1st for Council consideration in advance of annual Board & Commission appointments in June.

Board and Commission appointments are typically three years in length. Members are expected to attend regular monthly meetings. A full list of City Boards and Commissions, as well as their purpose and meeting times, is available online at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/B&C. Applications can be found online at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Boards. Questions related to the application and appointment process for City volunteer Boards and Commissions may be directed to Rachel Kelly at (336) 222-5076 or .

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...

Police Citizens Academy 

The Burlington Police Department is pleased to announce dates for its 4th session of the Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy is designed to increase the community’s understanding and awareness of the Burlington Police Department. The Academy, offered at no cost to interested individuals, is structured to include ten courses from 6:30-9:30pm over a two month period. A graduation ceremony will be held at the culmination of the Academy.

During the Academy, citizens will be exposed to diverse aspects of law-enforcement, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Burlington Police Department. Some activities that participants will experience include: an agency tour, overview of the criminal justice system, emergency dispatch, traffic and DWI enforcement, K-9 demonstrations, gang awareness, arrest procedures, and more. These activities have been structured to build trust in the Burlington Police Department through transparency with citizens. The Academy also aims to increase the level of communication between citizens and the Department as well as to provide education and insight to the community regarding law enforcement.

The fourth session of the Burlington Citizens Police Academy will be held from March 10th through May 19th, 2015. Interested individuals must be over 18 years old, must be willing to attend at least one three-hour course per week for ten weeks, and have no prior felony convictions or misdemeanors that would question the applicant’s moral character. Applications will be accepted by email to , by fax to (336) 229-3146, attention: Granville Simmons, by mail to P.O. Box 1358, Burlington, NC 27216, attention: Granville Simmons Citizens Police Academy, or in person at the Police Department Information Desk at 267 West Front Street in downtown Burlington. More information about the Academy may be obtained by contacting Outreach Specialist, Granville Simmons at (336) 570-6530 or Lieutenant Bret Currie at (336) 570-6630, or by visiting www.BurlingtonNC.gov/PDCitizensAcademy.

The Burlington Police Department is a CALEA-accredited agency dedicated to community-oriented policing. The department is structured with an Operations Bureau consisting of patrol, community relations, dispatch, traffic, DARE, reserve officers, and other specialized units and teams; and a Support Bureau, consisting of criminal investigations, special victims unit, animal services, professional standards, crime analysis, police records, internal affairs, training, identification and other specialized units and services.

 Athletics Updates

Looking for hardworking, dedicated people to officiate!  
Youth Soccer: If you are interested in becoming an official or are a certified official looking for extra money, please contact 
Mike Cooper at 336.222.5030.  

Adult Softball: You will need to attend all clinics; March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and April 1.  The meetings are 7pm at the Homebuilder's Shelter at CP1.  For more information, contact Bennie Kidd at 336.263.0371.

Youth Baseball/Softball Registration Runs From March 2-April 3.
 Our program is for girls and boys ages 5-18.  
Registration is taken 
online or in person at 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington.  We no longer take registration over the phone.  If your child is new to our athletics program, a copy of the birth certificate and proof of address is required and registration has to be completed in person.  Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  For more information, click here.

Adult spring softball registration ends Friday, April 10.  Coach's meeting is March 19 at 6:30pm.  Practice starts March 23 and games begin April 13.

FREE U14 soccer clinic hosted by Elon's men soccer team!  Event will be Saturday, March 7, 2-4pm at Belk Track/White Field.  
Click here to register.

Basketball tournament March 14-15!  Peewee-Intermediate leagues.  $125 team entry fee.  Three game guarantee.  Awards for 1st and 2nd place.  Tourney to benefit Williams HS and YMCA.  For more information or to register, contact Lance Poole at 919-225-7134.