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This Week in Burlington (July 21, 2014)
This Week

"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
           


July 21, 2014

In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Council Meetings
  • Council Meeting (7/15) Summary
  • Stacked Forms Art at Municipal Building
  • Urgent Home Repair Funding Available 
  • Fair Housing Assessment Information Session July 23rd
  • 4th Fridays in Downtown on July 25
  • $5 Rabies Clinic on July 26
  • National Night Out August 5th
  • Stormwater Meeting to take place August 20
  • Destination Burlington Open House Summary Available
  • Participate in MindMixer
  • Police Department Asks for Continuous Feedback
  • #MeInMyPark


Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting Continued
When: July 31st at 9:00am 
Where: Council Chamber of the Municipal Building
Why: Meeting continued from July 17th 8:00am meeting to discuss a personnel matter (in closed session)

Council Meeting
When: Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm*
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

Work Session 
When: No August Work Session

* The August Work Session was canceled and the August 5th meeting was moved to August 4th due to National Night Out activities on August 5th.

View the meeting Agendas here.


July 15, 2014
Burlington City Council Meeting Summary

Eagle Scouts were recognized for their accomplishments.

Outgoing City Board and Commission members who had served at least three consecutive three-year terms were recognized for their service.

The Code of Ethics was read and Councilman Huffman recused himself from the discussion regarding the hiring of a new City Attorney.

Minutes of the June 17, 2014 meeting were approved and the Agenda was adopted without modification.

A Consent Agenda consisting of the following items was approved:

A. To adopt an ordinance approving Traffic Commission recommendations
B. To approve the following City mission statement:
"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."
C. To reschedule the August 5th Council meeting to August 4th and cancel the August 4th Work Session meeting due to National Night Out activities.
D. To approve an agreement with Alley, Williams, Carmen and King for inspection and review services on an "as needed" basis.
E. To approve the 2014-2014 Community Housing Development Agreement between the City of Burlington and Alamance County Community Services Agency.
F. To adopt a resolution authorizing the filing of applications with the Federal Transit Administration. 
G. To approve an addendum to the contract between the City of Burlington and Mobility Solutions Unlimited LLC, to provide for planning and administration for the recently approved transit system.
H. To authorize a settlement claim to Clifton and Shirley King in the amount of $25,000
I. To approve a final plat for New Covenant United Holy Church. The property is located north of Apple Street as shown on plans by Donald E. Robinson land surveying dated May 27th.
J. To approve a final plat for Holly Hill Mall, LLC 
K., L., M., N., Budget Amendments for HOME Program, Recreation, RICO Appropriations, and Projects Carried Forward, respectively. 

A public hearing was continued to August 19, 2014 for a rezoning from R-15 Residential to CB- Conditional Office and Institutional. 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. 

A public hearing was held to consider amending Zoning Ordinance Text Section 32.9 and 32.13 to allow for pet grooming and pet daycare centers.

A public hearing was held to permanently close Hensley Street between Carriage Loop and to the end.

A public hearing was held to consider an economic development project agreement with CS Carolina, Inc. 

City Council voted to temporarily close Davis Street (from Spring to Worth) and Main Street (from Maple to Front) on September 27, 2014 from 8:00am to midnight for the Rusted Bucket's 4th annual downtown fundraising event.

City Council approved an amendment to the professional services contract between the City and Kimley-Horn and Associates for the Haw River Interceptor for additional field and design work. A Budget Amendment (2015-3) was passed in the amount of $85,013 to fund the contract amendment. 

City Council awarded a contract to Park Construction of NC, Inc in the amount of $2,861,178.13 for the Haw River Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation project. Budget amendment 2015-2 was approved in the amount of $361,179.

City Council continued a discussion regarding the hiring of a new City Attorney. The discussion was continued to July 17th at 8:00am. 

City Council held a 28 minute closed session regarding the performance evaluation of the City Manager. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:31pm to 8:00am on July 17th. The meeting was then adjourned to 9:00am on July 31st. 


Stacked Forms at the Municipal Building

Stacked Forms

Stacked Forms, a sculpture by local artist Timothy Werrell, was installed on July 7th at the Municipal Building. The piece was displayed at the 2012 Willow Walk event and donated to the City by the Burlington Downtown Corporation. The piece stands 10 feet tall and 42 inches wide. Landscaping will soon be provided to further increase the aesthetic appeal of the artwork.


City Offers Loan Program to Prevent Displacement of Qualified Homeowners with Special Needs

Houses

The City of Burlington was recently awarded $50,000 in grant funding by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2014 Urgent Repair Program. This program provides funds to assist low and very low-income households with special needs in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to life or safety. The program also provides funding for accessibility modification and other repairs necessary to prevent displacement of low and very low-income homeowners with special needs.

The Community Development Division of the City’s Planning Department will administer the program. Of the program, Community Development Administrator Shawna Tillery says, “The City is very excited about our continued partnership with the NCHFA for another year” Tillery adds that “this is our second allocation from the NCHFA and we are thrilled to be able to offer this housing assistance program to the citizens of Alamance County who might otherwise not be able to continue to live in their current situation.”

To be eligible, homeowners must meet the specific requirements. Homeowners must reside within Alamance County and both own and occupy the home in need of repair. Total household income must not exceed 50% of the County median income for the household size. The homeowner must have a special need, and must have urgent repair needs, which cannot be met through other state or federally-funded housing assistance programs.

Applications will be accepted beginning July 15, 2014. Homeowners who wish to apply for assistance must do so by September 19, 2014. Homeowners may apply by contacting Community Development Technician, Staci Harris, at 336-222-5093 or .

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Community Development Administrator, Shawna Tillery, at 336-222-5094 or



Fair Housing Public Information Session


An information session regarding Fair Housing in Burlington will be held on July 23rd at 10:00am in the Municipal Conference Room, located on the ground floor of the Municipal Building at 425 South Lexington Avenue in downtown Burlington. A draft copy of the 2014 Assessment of Fair Housing is available for review here



4th Fridays in Downtown
This Friday!


4th Friday

Are you counting down until Friday? 4th Friday will be taking place this Friday, July 25th in downtown Burlington. The fun begins at 4:30 with kids tents, face painting, music from Tom Corners, Sweet T and The Biscuits, and Gray Matter, food trucks, beer and wine vendors, and more!


$5 Rabies Clinic

Dog

Keep your dog and cats safe by having them vaccinated against Rabies.

Saturday, July 26th
8:30am -10:30am
$5.00
Burlington Pet Adoption Center
221 Stone Quarry Road
Haw River, NC 
578-0343
Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers please. 




National Night Out
August 5th


National Night Out 13

National Night Out (NNO) is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.  The NNO Campaign is comprised of citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 9,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

The National Night Out (NNO) Campaign is multi-functional.

NNO is designed to:

Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

Generate support for and participate in local anti-crime programs.

Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are on the watch.

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities towns and neighborhoods are coming together to celebrate NNO with a variety of events and activities such as block parties, cookouts and visits from local police.

NNO has proven to be an enjoyable, effective and inexpensive tool to promote a police-community partnership in our fight for a safer nation.

The City of Burlington holds a long-standing tradition of participating in National Night Out. This year, expect to see member of the Police and Fire Departments as well as Department Heads and City Council members at your National Night Out block parties. 

If you would like to participate in National Night Out, call one of the Crime Prevention Specialists at 336-229-3540.


Annual Stormwater Meeting
August 20th


Join the City's Stormwater Division to learn more about ongoing stormwater programs and upcoming improvements. Ask your stormwater related questions. Please join us on August 20th at 5:00pm at the Kernodle Senior Center (1535 S. Mebane St.). For more information, call 222-5140.




Sunset Rhythms
...Featuring The Drive


Musical Chairs

Join us at City Park's Jimmy Combs Pavilion on August 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for Sunset Rhythms (part of the County-wide Musical Chairs series). Bring your lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy an evening of free entertainment.


Destination Burlington:
Community Workshop Summary Now Available

Destination Burlington
On May 8, 2014, community members were invited to the Kernodle Senior Center to participate in a Community Input Workshop to help plan for Burlington's future. Comprehensive Planning consultants, RATIO, have issued a summary of findings from that event. The report can be found by clicking this link. The file is large and will take a few moments to download.

Don't forget that your input is sill needed on the City's MindMixer site. Join the site, participate, and earn points to use for some free stuff!


Burlington PD Wants Continuous Feedback

 

BPD BadgeThe Burlington Police Department (BPD) has rolled out a new program through which it will ask for feedback after every interaction an individual has with the Department. The BPD is committed to delivering exceptional service to the community and is, therefore, continually in search of ways to improve. By collecting feedback regarding their performance, the Department hopes to identify successes and room for improvement in service provision.

 BPD staff members are now equipped with business cards that display a link to www.BurlingtonNC.gov/BPDFeedback. They will give this business card to community members with whom they have had an interaction. This link directs individuals to a website listing multiple categories of interactions that an individual may have experienced with the Department. These categories include: Traffic Incident, Arrest, Victim of a Crime, Called 911, Digital Communications, etc.

 Individuals are then asked to visit this website after having contact with the BPD and to select the category that best describes that contact. Each category contains a tailored survey asking the individual to rate their experience and to provide some basic demographic information.

 Of the new program, Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe says “We strive to provide the highest level of service to our community. We need to know where we are meeting that expectation and in what areas we may need to improve.” He added that “the best way to recognize deficits is to ask.”

Executive staff will review survey responses regularly and act upon comments in order to improve the Department’s performance. Please contact Burlington Police Captain Chad Slaughter at 336-229-3551 regarding any questions you may have.



#MeInMyPark

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The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Association wants to see you in your park! 
While you are enjoying a Sunset Rhythms concert, your child's game, or just a day at any Burlington Recreation & Parks playground, take a photo and post it to social media using #MeInMyPark to let the world know which Burlington Recreation & Parks facility you are enjoying. You just may see yourself in the next edition of This Week in Burlington!


We Love Our Parks


Carousel Festival 2014

The 27th annual Carousel Festival will take place on September 20th and 21st this year. Service Organization applications are now available for the FYI area. all 229-3150 with questions and visit this webpage to save your organization's spot. 

Burlington Carousel Festival

Saturday, September 20th • 10am - 6pm

Sunday, September 21st • 1pm - 6pm

For All Ages

Burlington City Park

The annual Burlington Carousel Festival will mark its 27th anniversary on September 20th & 21st at the Burlington City Park. The Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, one of the most historic treasures in Burlington was built around 1910 by the Dentzel Family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each year the city comes together to celebrate the Carousel by hosting the annual Carousel Festival. Artists Alley, an area where fine artists and craft exhibitors display and exhibit their work featuring original paintings, antiques, and much more. The Children's Area offers families the opportunity to take a ride on the Carousel or one of the other amusement activities that are permanently located in the park. Bring a chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of the local music and entertainment.  The Jimmy Combs Memorial Amphitheater will feature national recording artist Phil Vassar, Sunday, September 21st as well as many local and regional favorites throughout the weekend. And no one can forget the wonderful aroma of our food court, which is provided by local non-profit agencies from right here within the community. For more information and updates on entertainment, please visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/festival






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