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This Week in Burlington (August 29, 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

August 29, 2014

Highlights of This Issue:
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates (September 2nd)
  • Council Meeting Summary (August 19th)
  • Public Stuff: Burlington Connected
  • Last Chance to Give Your Input
  • City Park Amusements Open Labor Day
  • Waste Water System Report
  • Breakfast at the Carousel (9/6)
  • Labor Day Closure and Sanitation Modifications (Week of 9/1)
  • BPD Explorer Post Blood Drive (9/12)
  • Free Paper Shredding Event (9/13)
  • Top Cop Competition -- BPD Special Olympics Fundraiser (9/20)
  • Free E-waste Drop-Off Event (10/4)
  • North Park Library Grand Reopening (11/8)
  • Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event (10/18)

Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 
When: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

Work Session 
When: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Where: Municipal Conference Room of the Municipal Building 

View the meeting Agendas here.

City Council Meeting Summary
August 19, 2014

The following items on the Consent Agenda were approved: 

1. To adopt an ordinance approving the Traffic Commission recommendation for stop signs at the Melmark Estates Subdivision:

  • Rebecca Court northern approach to Melmark Drive
  • Melmark Drive eastern approach to Apple Street

2. To approve the renewal of Municipal Agreement Schedule C "Signals" with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. This municipal agreement establishes the reimbursement mechanism for maintenance work that the City of Burlington conducts on NCDOT traffic signals. 

Unfinished Business: 
1. A public hearing was continued to consider rezoning R-15 Residential District to CB- Conditional Business District for the use of a Unified Business Development and CO&I Conditional Office and Institutional District for the uses specified from the table of permitted uses under Office and Institutional zoning with the exception of boarding houses and veterinary offices. The property is located east of University Drive, south of South Church Street and west of Huffman Lane, as shown on Alamance County plat book 76 page 238. An invalid protest petition has been received. The rezoning hearing was continued to September 2, 2014.

2. A public hearing has been scheduled to consider rezoning from CR-Conditional Residential District and CB-Conditional Business District for the use of a 144 unit Apartment Complex. The properties are located at the intersections of Springwood Church Road, Springwood Village Drive and Whitsett Park Road as shown on Guilford County Tax parcels 103312, 103313 and a portion of Guilford County Tax parcel 103247. The rezoning hearing was continued to September 16, 2014.

New Business:
1. City Council approved an agreement for professional services with Alley, Williams, Carmen & King in the amount of $335,000 of design for design of Phase 2 of the 42" Haw River Interceptor Replacement project and Budget Amendment 2015-12- Haw River Interceptor Phase 2. 

2. City Council  awarded a contract to Shiloh Utilities Inc., in the amount of $411,181.50 for construction of the Ellwood Street Water System Improvements and approve Budget Amendment 2015-13-Ellwood Street Water System Improvements to fund the project. 

Staff Reports: 
  • Transit Update- Mike Nunn, Transportation Planning Manager, Burlington-Graham MPO
  • Tethering- Jessica Arias, Animal Service Director 

Meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m. 

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

Burlington Has a New App!
Burlington Connected

“The City has always been ready to respond to resident requests for services,” says Mayor Ronnie K. Wall.  “But, the new Burlington Connected platform makes it easier for residents to submit requests using the technology with which they are most comfortable.” Mayor Wall goes on to add that “if you have a smartphone, you can submit a request through our new mobile application, but if you still want to talk to a real person, you can always call. We are adapting to make it as easy as possible for residents to let us know when something in their community needs attention.” 

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The City of Burlington is pleased to launch “Burlington Connected,” a new tool allowing residents to better connect with the City. With this new tool, residents can submit, track, and view non-emergency service requests online, through a new smartphone application, or via telephone. The City of Burlington launched the application in partnership with PublicStuff, a civic engagement platform that helps residents and local governments connect to improve communities.  

Here's how it works:

  1. A resident notices a need for non-emergency service and wants to report it quickly to the correct city department. Examples of typical service requests include: high grass, pothole, street light out, damaged street sign, etc.
  2. These issues can now be submitted online at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/BurlingtonConnected or through the customized, GPS integrated “Burlington Connected” mobile application, available free in the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Store. Residents without smartphones or access to the web can submit service requests by phone at (336) 222-5024.
  3. Service requests are automatically routed to the appropriate city staff members who then respond to the issue. The city keeps residents informed with regular status updates and comments on submitted requests.


The Burlington Connected app allows residents to use the capabilities of their smartphone to automatically map the location of the problem, to attach a photo of the issue, and to directly submit the problem from the phone. After submitting the request through the mobile app, push notifications will be delivered to update residents on the status of their request. In addition to request submittal, the Burlington Connected app provides centralized access to city news updates, a city event calendar, online utility bill payment, job listings, city social media, and more. 

Don't Miss the Chance to Voice Your Opinion


Burlington's MindMixer site, a community engagement platform, will close on September 11, 2014. This is your last chance to voice your opinions about the future of Burlington on this site! Spend a few minutes looking through the questions that our staff need your feedback on. We want to hear from you! 

Participating is easy. Just click on this link http://cityofburlingtonnc.mindmixer.com/ and sign up for an account. If you need assistance, call the Public Information Office at (336)222-5076. Thanks again for helping us move forward with our community vision of  Destination Burlington.

Burlington City Park Amusement Rides Open Labor Day
Monday, September 1st • 10am - 7pm

Burlington City Park • 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington, NC 27215
The Burlington City Park amusement rides will be open on Labor Day, weather permitting. Bring your family out 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 

Waste Water System Report Now Available 

The City of Burlington Water Resources Department has completed the annual report of Wastewater Treatment and collection System performance for the fiscal year 2013-2014. If you would like to obtain a copy of this report you may pick one up at any of the following locations:

The Municipal Building (City Hall) at 425 Lexington Avenue.
The May Memorial Public Library
The Public Works Building at 234 E. Summit Avenue
 The Water Resources Office at 1302 Belmont St.

This report has also been published on the City of Burlington’s website at:

If you have any questions concerning the availability of this report, please contact personnel in the Water Resources Department by calling (336) 222-5133.

Breakfast at the Carousel

Journey to Neverland with Studio 1


Go on a magical journey at the Carousel with Studio 1 and Burlington Recreation and Parks. Enjoy breakfast with Peter Pan, Wendy and the lost boys. Space is limited, so buy your tickets today!


$5 for 12 yrs & under
 $8 for 13yrs & up 

Get your tickets by calling 222-5030. 

Find more information here.    

27th Annual Carousel Festival
September 20th & 21st
Enjoy the Ride

Carousel Festival

Join us for an unforgettable weekend full of food, fun and entertainment.  Get the details on the web at www.burlingtonNC.gov/festival and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #Carouselfest. See you there!

Music Schedule

Labor Day Closures and Sanitation Schedule

Labor Day

The City will be closed to observe Labor Day on Monday, September 1st. Monday household garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Tuesday, September 2nd. Tuesday routes will be collected on Wednesday, September 3rd. Thursday and Friday routes will remain normal. Call 222-5111 with questions.

North Park Library Grand Re-Opening


North Park's Mayco Bigelow Center is undergoing some major changes beginning on September 2nd through the end of October.  The plans include a new gym and library floor, new bleachers and a fresh coat of paint in both the gym and library.  On November 8th 10 am-2 pm, come celebrate the new space with Home Depot's "Rock Star Magic Kids' Corner"! More info and updates on the project's progress to come!

Burlington Police Explorer's Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Join the Burlington Police Explorers on September 12th to donate blood to the American Red Cross. 
8:30am - 5:30pm at the Burlington Police Department.
Call 336-264-2676 to schedule your appointment. 

Alamance County Free Paper Shredding Event

Shred Event
September 13th from 8am-12pm at the Burlington Fire and Police Training Center (near the animal shelter on Stone Quarry Road in Haw River). 4 bags or 4 bankers boxes allowed per person. Call 336-376-8902 for additional information. 

Top Cop Law Enforcement Competition
To Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Top Cop

On September 20th, the Burlington Police Department will challenge other law enforcement officers to a test of abilities. Enter for $25 (law enforcement officers) or $50 (chiefs and assistant chiefs) and perform firearms qualifying, physical abilities tests or driving for a chance to prove your abilities are superior! Interested or know a sworn officer who may be? Call 336-215-9673 or email and help the Burlington Police Officers raise more money for this worthy cause. 

Electronic Waste Free Drop-Off Event
October 4, 2014


From 9am-2pm on October 4th, the Public Works Department will be accepting electronic waste drop-offs. Drop off household electronics, TVs and personal computers at 234 E. Summit Avenue at no charge. 

Alamance County Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

Household Waste

On Saturday, October 18th from 8am-1pm at the Burlington Fire and Police Training Center (100 Stone Quarry Road), Alamance County will be collecting Household Hazardous Wastes (such as paints, cleaning supplies, oil, brake fluid, etc.) free of charge. Learn more by calling 336-376-8902.

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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.