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This Week in Burlington (October 24, 2014)

"This Week in Burlington"
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 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 24, 2014

 Highlights of This Issue:

Council News
  • Upcoming Council Meeting Dates 
  • Council Meeting Summary (October 21st)
  • Public Transit Advisory Commission Applications
HR News
  • Featured Job Listings
Police News
  • Lock It or Lose It 
  • Cops Care Donations 
Special Events 
  • Halloween Events
  • Christmas Parade
Recreation News & Events
  • Fragrance Garden Expanding
  • Teen 2 Teen Kearns Dance Project Fundraiser

 Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

View the meeting Agendas here.

Council Meeting Highlights 
October 21, 2014
  • Four pieces of art were donated to the City by Alamance Arts.


  • A resolution was adopted authorizing an amendment to the water tower attachment communications site agreement with Alltel Communication and Verizon Wireless. 
  • A public hearing was held to consider rezoning 208 Harden Street from a Conditional Office and Institutional District, to a Residential District. The rezoning was approved. 
  • A lease agreement was approved between the City and the Burlington/ Alamance County Convention and Visitors Bureau to lease office space in the Historic Depot.
  • Council will begin discussing applicants for the vacant Council Seat at the November 18th meeting. 

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

 Apply for the Transit Advisory Commission Today! 


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


Mackintosh Water Treatment Plant

Part-Time Animal Care Specialist

Veterinary Health Care Specialist 


Part-Time Telecommunicator I

Part-Time 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

Lock It or Lose It
Secure Your Valuables

Lock It or Lose It

The Burlington Police Department has launched a campaign to help prevent car break-ins. Remember to never leave valuables in sight, and always lock your car! To report a crime or suspicious activity call Burlington/Alamance Crime Stoppers at (336)229-7100 or the BPD at (336)229-3500.

Cops Care Donations- A Message from Officer Kahn

cops care

The Burlington Police has launched its annual COPS CARE Fund Drive. To help with this project members of the Burlington Police Department are contacting local area merchants for assistance.

Your contributions will go a long way toward providing food, clothing and presents to the elderly and the families of needy children during the Christmas and Holiday Season.

We select children from the community that we have been told would not otherwise have gifts during this Christmas Season.  Our goal is to spend $100 on each child and give the family of those children a week’s worth of groceries.  Last year we were able to take seventy-five children shopping and we would like to match or surpass these numbers for this year.  We also take elderly citizens in the community that live alone a week’s worth of groceries and spend some time with them.  

We realize that during this economic time it is difficult to stretch funds but please consider contributing to this very worthy cause. This program would not be possible without the generous financial support from local businesses. Your generosity allows us to provide toys, food and other necessities to families that would otherwise face a desolate holiday season.

If you are willing to assist us in continuing this worthwhile program, please make out your tax-deductible donation to the Burlington Police Club and indicate, “COPS Care” on the memo line.

If you have any questions or if you would like to have your contributions picked up please contact Sheila Lackey at 229-3511 or JD Kahn at 964-0928. Email is also an option at or

You can be assured that any donation will be appreciated by those in need and the Burlington Police Department. Thank you for your consideration.


Police Officer II  J.D. Kahn

 Halloween Events
dark in the park

Mark your calendars because Dark in the Park is THIS SATURDAY, October the 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.

 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! 

Fragrance Garden Expansion

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Pat Yarbrough, a Burlington resident was left blind from an accident as a young girl. She wanted to give back to the community for all that the community had done for her and Daphne’s Fragrance Garden was her dream. Her first service dog was Daphne. Daphne was a hero; she saved Pat’s life and performed many heroic deeds, and educated more than seven thousand school children on the importance of service dogs. The beautiful fragrance garden, located adjacent the John Robert Kernodle Senior Center, contains 42 varieties of plants. The garden, designed with Pat’s input, includes fragrant junipers and boxwoods. Other fragrant flowering and non-flowering plants add unexpected touches to the garden. A fountain, knock out roses, arbors and a pergola round out the garden. Signage is available in Braille and printed brochures are available so all can enjoy and learn about the beautiful plants and landscape.
It’s been said that fragrant plants can make the difference between a pretty garden and an unforgettable one.

Since the garden’s dedication in August of 2009, Pat has married. She was married to Bill Vandervelde in 2011, in fact the wedding was held in the garden.

Pat has decided to donate funds to expand this beautiful garden. The expansion began in late September of this year and includes a waterfall feature to add depth and newness to its beauty. The City is so lucky to have someone like Pat who shares her love of living things with the community.

A visit to Daphne’s Garden is not one you’ll soon forget. In Pat’s words, Daphne’s Fragrance Garden was “designed for the visually impaired, but is a gift to all people.”

Teen 2 Teen Fundraiser
  NC Triad Choreography Showcase 


The Kearns Dance Project is once again producing the NC Triad Choreography Showcase to benefit Teen 2 Teen Theatre and Video. Choreographers can send a video clip to Entries are due by December 1, 2014.  

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