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This Week in Burlington (October 10, 2014)


"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.”


October 10, 2014

 Highlights of This Issue:

Council News
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates 
  • Council Meeting Summary (October 7th)
  • Council Seeks Letters of Interest 
  • Public Transit Advisory Commission Applications
HR News
  • Featured Job Listings
Police News
  • Crime Prevention Tips
  • Operation Medicine Drop
  • Tip a Cop at Red Robin
Special Events 
  • Halloween Events
  • Christmas Parade
Recreation News & Events
  • Bricks 4 Kidz
  • Kayaking for Teens
  • Family Fun Night
  • Amusement Rides Open for Halloween
Community Events
  • Free Composting 101 Workshops

 Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

View the meeting Agendas here.

City Council Meeting Highlights
October 7, 2014

  • The Public Transit Advisory Commission Ordinance was adopted
  • A reclassification in HR from a part-time Office Assistant II position to a full-time Level 15, Medical Receptionist was approved
  • A reclassification in the Police Department, Animal Services from a Level 18, Animal Assistant Supervisor to a Level 21, Animal Shelter Manager was approved 
  • The Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney and Director of Finance and Risk Management were authorized to execute the necessary documents to request reimbursements from the Federal Transit Administration Section 5307 Transit grant.
  • A Notice of Intent by the City of Burlington to consider adoption of a resolution authorizing an amendment to the water tower attachment communication site agreement with Alltel Communications, LLC D/B/A Verizon Wireless was approved
  •  Lexington Avenue from Davis Street to Maple Avenue will be closed on October 31, 2014, from 2:00pm until 3:30pm for the Downtown Halloween Spooktacular events and parade.   
  • The following streets will be closed on Saturday, November 22, 2014, beginning at 8:00am for the City of Burlington annual Christmas parade: 
    • Starting point for the parade will be Lexington Avenue at Front Street
    • Front Street to Worth Street
    • Worth Street to Davis Street
    • Davis Street to Spring Street
    • Spring Street to Maple Avenue
    • Maple Avenue to Main Street
    • Main Street to Kitchin Street
  • Final plats were approved for Tayside Townhomes, Mackintosh on the Lake, Phase One, Section Two, and MacArthur Villas, Phase Three.
  • Councilman Jim Butler was appointed to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Public hearings were held for two voluntary annexations, 2474 Hoskins Road and 3728 Alamance Road. Both were approved
  • A public hearing was held to consider permanently closing Albright Ave. between Somers Ave to the end. Street closing was approved. 
  • A public hearing was held to receive public comments on limiting tethering of animals in Burlington. The ordinance was approved.
  • The contract between Burlington and RATIO Architects Inc. for the City's Unified Development Ordinance was approved. 

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

 Council Seeks New Member

Due to the vacancy created by the resignation of Mayor Pro Tem David Huffman, the Burlington City Council is now seeking letters of interest from residents interested in serving on the City Council. Letters will be accepted from qualified voters who are residents of the City of Burlington.

Letters of interest should be submitted to the City Clerk’s office located at 425 South Lexington Avenue, or mailed to City Clerk Renee Ward at P.O. Box 1358, Burlington, NC 27216. Letters will be accepted until 4:00pm on October 17, 2014.

Letters of interest will be reviewed by the remaining City Council members. Finalist will be selected to appear personally at a City Council Work Session for an interview. Council will then vote to select the next Council member.

The term of the vacant seat will expire in December of 2015.

 Apply for the Transit Advisory Commission 


The Burlington City Council established a Public Transit Advisory Commission by ordinance on October 7, 2014. The Commission will be responsible for advising the City Council on actions relating to the operation of Burlington’s fixed route public transportation system. Applications are now being accepted for appointment to the Public Transit Advisory Commission.

Burlington’s appointees must be reside within Burlington’s corporate limits and cannot serve on any other City appointed board or commission. The Commission will meet at least monthly or more often as required.

The Public Transit Advisory Commission will be responsible for advising the City Council and staff regarding transit system policies such as routes, ridership policies, transit fares, customer amenities, and operating policies. The Commission will receive input from the citizenry and the ridership of the system regarding public transit issues. The Commission will recommend rules and procedures governing transit programs, equipment and facilities, hours of operation, security, regulatory guidelines and service improvements. The Commission will recommend and promote marketing strategies for the promotion of the system. The Commission will also propose the transit system’s annual budget.

To be considered for appointment to the Public Transit Advisory Commission, interested Burlington residents must obtain and complete a City Board and Commission Application and return it to the Office of Public Information by October 31, 2014. Applications can be found online at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/TransitAdvisoryCommission or can be obtained by calling (336) 222-5076. Completed applications can be emailed to or mailed to the City of Burlington’s Office of Public Information at P.O. Box 1358, Burlington, NC, 27216.

Get the Application

Featured Jobs at the City
 Apply Today!




Police Officer I


Part-Time Animal Care Specialist

Veterinary Health Care Specialist 


Part-Time Telecommunicator I

School Crossing Guard


Part-Time Lifeguard 

Equipment Services Mechanic


Water Plant Operator I - Ed Thomas Water Plant 


Part-Time Sanitation Equipment Operator/Laborer

Part-Time Exploration Station Child Care Administrator/Director


Fill out an application at http://burlingtonnc.gov/Jobs.aspx

Crime Prevention Tips
Never Let Your Gun Get into the Wrong Hands


The Burlington Police Department joins the National Crime Prevention Council’s campaign to remind citizens to “NEVER LET YOUR GUN GET INTO THE WRONG HANDS”

We would like to remind citizens to comply with N.C.G.S. 14-315.1 which requires owners of firearms who have minors residing in the same home to secure their firearm(s) in a manner in which renders the firearm(s) safe and secure. 

Methods of securing firearms may include a locked cabinet, gun safe, locked storage case and/or gun cable locks. Ammunition should always be stored in a separate, secure location from the firearm. 

If you own a firearm and do not have the ability to secure your firearm safely, the Burlington Police Department has available through Project ChildSafe, cable-style gun locks free of charge. To obtain a free cable lock, please come to the front desk of Burlington Police Department Monday-Friday between the hours of 8AM-7PM. 

For more information on Gun Safety in the home, please contact Greg Turner of the Crime Prevention Unit at 336-513-5449. More information available at the National Crime Prevention Council web page: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/safe-firearms-storage/a-campaign-for-change

Operation Medicine Drop 

medicine drop

  Located in the lobby of the Police Department (267 West Front Street), the medicine drop provides a place to drop-off expired or unused medications.  The medicine drop is available during normal business hours. Items accepted include: over the counter medicines, medication samples, pet medicine, medicated ointment or lotion (in the container), and unopened epi-pens. Items not accepted include: hydrogen peroxide, empty containers, personal care products, medical waste, needles, lancets, syringes, IV bags, thermometers, and bodily or infectious waste.

Tip a Cop
This Weekend at Red Robin

How would you like for an officer to be your waiter/waitress? On Saturday October 11th, for both lunch and dinner, join BPD at Red Robin (3110 Waltham Blvd. in Burlington) for their "Tip a Cop" event. All donations will benefit the Special Olympics!

 Halloween Events
dark in the park

Mark your calendars because Dark in the Park is October 25th. The fun starts at 5pm and ends with a firework display at 8pm. Learn more.


Spooktacular is a great event to which to bring your little ghouls and goblins. This year it falls on Halloween! Trick-or-treat Downtown and march in the costume parade at 3pm. Line-up begins at 2:30pm in front of the Municipal Building.
Learn more.

 Burlington City Park Amusement Rides Open Halloween Weekend

Saturday, November 1st • 10am - 8pm

Sunday, November 2nd • 1pm – 7pm

For All Ages
Burlington City Park • 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington, NC 27215

The Burlington City Park amusement rides will be open on Halloween weekend, weather permitting.  Bring your family to City Park and start a tradition today!  Rides include the Historic Dentzel Carousel, train, planes, boats, and cars.   For more information, please call (336) 222-5030 or visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/recreation.  

 Christmas Parade & Grand Marshal Nomination

Saturday, November 22, 2014      

Christmas Parade Starts at 10:00am
Downtown Burlington

This festive parade begins on Front Street (at the intersection of Lexington Ave.) and continues on to Worth, Davis, Spring, Maple Ave. and Main St. before ending at the YMCA. 

Cost: FREE
Ages: For All Ages             

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Don’t miss this year’s 68th annual Burlington Christmas Parade where there is something for everyone to enjoy! Our parade has a little bit of everything, including, but not limited to:

  • Bands
  • Horses
  • Martial Arts Demonstrations
  • Dancers
  • Antique Cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Santa Claus 
  • & Much More! 

Know someone who would make a great Grand Marshal at this year's Christmas Parade? Nominate them by October 31st! 

Bricks 4 Kidz
Super Hero Academy Mini Camp


Saturday, October 11th

9am - 12pm

Ages: 5 & older

Cost: $30 per person

Thataways Youth Center

Explore all the caped crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO® bricks.  For more information or to register, please visit the www.bricks4kidz.com/piedmontnc or call (336) 693-9727.  

Kayaking for Teens

Monday, October 27th • 1pm – 4pm 
Ages: 11 – 16
Cost: $40; boats, paddle, & PFD included 
Indian Valley Paddle Access

The Introduction to Kayaking for Teens will cover the basics: strokes, maneuvers, safety, river paddling, practice of learned skills, and fun games both on land and on the water, including team building. The goal for this program is for participants to be able to safely handle their boats in a current while having fun. This program is offered in partnership with the Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company. Register at the BRPD Main Office. Space is limited. For more information, please call (336) 229-3150 or visithttp://hawrivercanoe.com/.


 Family Fun Night

fun night
Family Fun Night at Lake Cammack is Saturday, October 18th from 3pm-9pm .
Bring the whole family for an evening of carnival games, food, hayrides and a movie under the stars.

     FREE Composting 101 Workshops         

composting workshop flyer

Don't miss the Composting 101 Workshops. One will be held in Burlington on October 23rd at 10am at the Alamance County Cooperative Extension, 209 C Graham-Hopedale Rd. 

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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.