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This Week in Burlington (April 11, 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 11, 2014

In This Issue:
  • April 1st Council Meeting Summary
  • Ice Storm Debris Management Update
  • Animal Services Spotlight
  • Water Quality Maintenance Program
  • Easter Sanitation Schedule
Upcoming Events:
  • Community Comprehensive Plan Visioning Meeting (May 8th)
  • Senior Games 
  • Active City Streets
  • Stream Cleanup 
  • Rain Garden Workshop
  • Global Youth Day
  • Easter events
  • Leadership Alamance Graffiti Cleanup

 Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 
When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

Work Session 
When: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm**
Where: Municipal Conference Room
** 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 1, 2014

Add-Ons Consent Agenda
  • City Council Work Session Time Change 
  • Adopt Water & Sewer Annexation Ordinance and Policy 
  • Set a date of Public Hearing for Voluntary Annexation

Add Ons Approved

Consent Agenda
  • A public hearing was scheduled for April 15, 2014 to receive comments on the 2014-2015 Community Development Program Annual Action Plan. 
  • Council approved changing monthly City Council work session meetings from 7:00 pm to 5:00 pm, effective May 5, 2014. 

Public Hearings

  • A public hearing was held to consider an application to rezone from O&I Office and Institutional District to B-2, General Business District. The property is located on Longpine Road, The request for rezoning was denied. 
  • A public hearing was held to consider an application to rezone a Residential District to a Conditional Industrial District. The properties are located on the east side of Turrentine Street. The rezoning was continued until April 15th, 2014. 

New Business
  • Council approved the temporary closing of Front Street between South Worth Street and Spring Street during the Burlington Junior Woman's Club annual 5K TaTa Trot fundraising event on Saturday, April 2nd  from 7:30 am-10:30 am. 
  • Council approved the extension of discount options at the Pet Adoption Center. 
  • The hiring process for a new City Attorney was discussed. Mayor Pro Tem David Huffman has an interest in being considered for the City Attorney's position and asked to be recused from the discussion. 
  • An ordinance was adopted amending the Annexation Policy for Water and Sewer Connections. 
  • City Council considered adopting a resolution to set a date of public hearing for April 15, 2014 for the Williams property 1458 Pride Avenue non-contiguous voluntary annexation. The resolution to set a date of public hearing was denied. 

Public Comment
One citizen spoke in favor of public transportation. 

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Ice Storm Debris Management  
Clean up continues
  • The first pass of debris clearing is still ongoing for some areas. Your debris will be picked up if it has not been done so yet. 
  •  If all your debris was not picked up during the first pass, continue to move remaining debris to the right-of-way.
  • A second pass will be made in the upcoming weeks.
  • Collection remains free of charge

For all Burlington debris related questions please contact the Public Works Department at 336-222-5005. Please check the City website at
www.BurlingtonNC.gov for additional information and updates on the debris removal process.

 Animal Services Updates Website 

Check out Animal Services new web pages by visiting www.BurlingtonNC.gov/pets. Here, you will find a wealth of information including lost pets, wildlife, rabies, the Spay and Neuter Clinic, monthly shelter reports, adoptable pets and how you can help! 

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 Water Quality Maintenance Program Begins April 14th

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In a continuing effort to distribute high quality water, the following water utilities: Archdale, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Randleman, Reidsville, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, will conduct a routine Water Quality Preventative Maintenance Program beginning on April 14, 2014 and running through May 11, 2014.

The Water Quality Preventative Maintenance Program will involve temporarily switching water disinfectants from the present chloramines to chlorine in order to optimize water quality within the distribution systems.  This temporary process change is strongly recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State to preserve water quality by ensuring persistent disinfection levels exist throughout the water distribution system.

During the Preventative Maintenance Program, some water customers may notice temporary taste, color or odor differences in their water. This is a normal component of the process and customers should be reassured that water quality is not affected.

Both chlorinated and choraminated water is safe for drinking, bathing, cooking, and other general uses. There are three groups, however, that need to take special precautions during the Water Quality Preventative Maintenance Program: kidney dialysis patients and providers, fish, pond, pool and aquarium owners and operators, and some business that use water in their production process. Those who fall in to any of the above categories are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice concerning the removal methods for chlorine and chloramines.

For further information or with specific questions, residents may contact their local water provider at 222-5133. 

 Sanitation and Recycling Modifications

easter sanitation

Please take note of the following changes to City schedules for the Easter holiday.
City offices will be closed on Friday, April 18th in observation of the holiday.
Monday's Garbage and Recycling routes will be collected on Tuesday, April 22nd. Tuesday's Garbage and Recycling routes will be collected on Wednesday, April 23rd. Thursday and Friday routes will remain normal.
Call 222-5111 with sanitation questions and 229-0525 with recycling questions.

Don't Miss Easter Events in Burlington


 Easter Egg Hunts

Night Lite Easter Egg Hunt 

Friday, April 11th
Ages: 6-8
Cost: Free
Fairchild Community Center • 827 South Graham Hopedale Road, Burlington, NC 27215
For more information, please call (336) 222-5119.

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, April 18th
Ages: 2-5 only
Cost: Free
Mayco Bigelow Community Center • 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC 27217

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 and the golden egg.  Kids can stick around and get a picture with the Easter Bunny.  We will start at 6pm exactly until all of the eggs have been found, so don’t be late.  For more information please call (336) 222-5138.

Burlington City Park Easter Egg Hunt 

Saturday, April 19th
9:30am for ages 2-5 or 10am for ages 6-12
Ages: 2-12
Cost: Free

Burlington City Park - Field #1 • 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington, NC 27215

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 9:30am, 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 10am 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 immediately following the end of the Easter Egg Hunt.  For more information, please call 222-5030. 

North Park Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th
Ages: 2-5, 6-9, 10-14, 15-Adults
Cost: Free
North Park • 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC 27217

Burlington Recreation & Parks invites everyone to be a part of a tradition. We have something for everyone and the Easter Bunny will be there as well. Participants will have the chance to hunt for four golden eggs, worth a $25 savings bond.  The crowd is always large and we look forward to seeing you at North Park. Don’t forget your Easter baskets!  For more information, please call (336) 222-5138. 

The Egg Splash Aqua Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th 
Ages: 0-14
Cost: Free
Maynard Aquatic Center • 1402 Overbrook Road, Burlington, NC 27215

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.  For more information, please call (336) 222-5043.

Special Populations’ Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th
Cost: Free
For All Ages
Behind Thataways Youth Center • 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington, NC 27215

Burlington Recreation & Parks will be offering an Easter Egg Hunt to any age person with developmental disabilities.  For more information, please call (336) 222-5134.


 Senior Games is Underway!

The month-long event includes creative and athletic contests for participants.  SilverArts, a component of Senior Games provides a stage for the creative talents of the visual, heritage, literary, and performing artists at the Paramount Theater. Athletic events include table tennis, pickle ball, badminton, basketball shooting, bocce and putt-putt golf, to name a few. Come out to the opening ceremonies or root on our talented participants at individual events! Call (336) 222-5135 for more info. To learn more about North Carolina senior games visit http://www.ncseniorgames.org/.

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 Get Moving at Active City Streets


May 3, 2014

9 am-3 pm

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. Downtown shops and restaurants will be open, as well.  Make sure you stop in and see what all the buzz is about!  

 More Upcoming Events


Check out this performance of Carousel at the Paramount Theater June 26-29. Call the box office at (336)222-TIXS to reserve your tickets. 

rain garden

Did you know that rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%? On April 26th participate in a FREE rain garden workshop to learn how your garden can help the environment! Call (336)570-6740 to register or visit http://go.ncsu.edu/raingardenworkshop.

LA Poster

You could help beautify our County! On April 26th, join the Leadership Alamance Class of 2014 in painting area businesses to remove graffiti. Interested in helping? Contact Lauren Cook at to sign up for the event!

Peter Pan

Do you know a young actor or actress looking for a role? Teen To Teen Theatre will be hosting auditions for Peter Pan on June 30th and July 1st from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Paramount Theater. Call Teen to Teen at (336)570-6516 for more info.

little alamance

Calling all volunteers! Your help is needed for a Little Alamance Creek Clean-Up on Saturday, May 17th from 8 am-12 pm. If you are available to help, please call Chester Patterson at 222-5140.

rabies clinic

Protect your four-legged friend! Take advantage of another $5 rabies clinic on Saturday April 12th from 9 am-11 am at the Pet Adoption Center. The Adoption Center is located at 215 Stone Quarry Road, Haw River. Don't forget bring your dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier!

May 8th Public Comprehensive Plan Visioning Workshop

What do you want Burlington's future to look like? Join us in the first public visioning meeting to kick off the development of the City's next Comprehensive Land Use Plan, "Destination Burlington".  

Thursday, May 8th
6 pm-8 pm
Kernodle Senior Center 
Activity Room A & B
1535 S. Mebane St.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan and what you can do to share your opinions visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/DestionationBurlington

Global Youth Services Day

April 12, 2014
1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Thataways Youth Center
1334 Overbrook Rd
Burlington, NC 27215

On April 12th, hundreds of North Carolina’s young people will join together for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).  Volunteer activities and celebrations have been coordinated by the North Carolina LiteracyCorps and the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE), an official organizer of Global Youth Service Day in North Carolina.

Burlington and Alamance County Global Youth Service Day projects will include the Alamance County District Attorney Pat Nadolski’s anti-cyberbully initiative and North Carolina State Superintend Dr. June Atkinson’s Give 5-Read 5 “campaign. Hundreds of local youth will participate in service projects being held in seven different counties (Alamance, Buncombe, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Wayne, and Wilkes) . In total, an estimated 1,000 North Carolina youth will participate in Global Youth Service Day activities.

SCALE has mobilized a coalition of local and regional nonprofits, community groups and schools to participate in Global Youth Service Day activities. Current partners are listed below. Our state’s young people, from kindergarten to college, will join millions of others around the world for Global Youth Service Day, April 12, 2014. Now in its 26th year, Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. As the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries and all 50 states.

Alamance County District Attorney Pat Nadolski, the NC LiteracyCorps, and the City of Burlington are partners for Global Youth Service Day, the event will include literacy and service based activities and will highlight our local youth led service acts. North Carolina State superintendent Dr. June Atkinson and North Carolina State Senator Rick Gunn are keynote speakers for the day.

District Attorney Pat Nadolski released this statement about to GYSD: “The collaboration between the North Carolina Literacy Corps, the City of Burlington and Alamance County District Attorney’s Office for Global Youth Service Day is the result of an existing cyberbullying awareness/prevention initiative created three years ago by my office and the efforts of the North Carolina Literacy Corps and the City of Burlington to incorporate that existing initiative into a youth driven project. This event empowers the youth of Burlington to define and discuss the dangers of cyberbullying and to articulate to their community that this is an issue that they wish to prevent and eliminate.”

“We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the many youth in Alamance County for their commitment to service and volunteerism,” said North Carolina LiteracyCorps Program Director, Nikki Glenos. “The NC Day of Reading on Global Youth Service Day will highlight the countless ways in which our young people contribute to literacy advocacy and activism in their community.” 

 Learn more and browse service activities around the world on the GYSD Map at www.GYSD.org.

Follow Global Youth Service Day activities on Twitter @YouthService and #GYSD.

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