1. City Council will consider a request to temporarily close Davis Street from Main Street to Spring Street from 2:00pm until 10:30pm on July 19,
2019, during the Room at the Table special event hosted by Healthy Alamance in downtown Burlington. Council will also consider a request to allow beer and wine to be served in a designated area contingent upon meeting all insurance and Special Events Permit Application requirements.
Presenter/Submitted by: Jay Mebane, Inspections Director
Summary An international campaign takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. The City of Burlington Inspections Department would
like to participate in supporting this campaign to emphasize the City of Burlington s commitment to public service educating and protecting our community and our year round work to ensure the safe construction of buildings.
Background Building Safety Month started as a U.S. campaign 39 years ago. Today s its celebrated worldwide. The International Code Council (ICC)
started This campaign reinforces the need for modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.
All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fire, weather- related events and structural collapse. Building
codes are society s best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe. The purpose of Building Safety Month is to explain the purpose of the Inspections Department and what we are doing to keep people, our citizens, safe in their homes and in commercial buildings.
WHEREAS, our confidence in the structural integrity of these buildings that make up our community is achieved through the devotion of vigilant
guardians building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, design professionals, laborers, plumbers and others in the construction industry who work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings, and
WHEREAS, No Code. No Confidence. the theme for Building Safety Month 2019, encourages all Americans to raise awareness of the importance of safe and
resilient construction; fire prevention; disaster mitigation, and new technologies in the construction industry. Building Safety Month 2019 encourages appropriate steps everyone can take to ensure the safety of our built environment, and recognizes that the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies has saved lives and protected homes and businesses, and,
NOW, THEREORE, be it resolved that the City of Burlington City Council does hereby proclaim the week of May 19-25, 2019 as National Public Works Week
in the City of Burlington, and calls upon all citizens and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with the issues involved in providing our public works and to recognize the contributions which public works officials make every day to our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life.
City Manager Hardin Watkins announced the consultant would not be presenting this evening to allow staff to more time to work on the report and that
the item will be presented at a future meeting. He stated at the 2019 Goal Review Workshop discussion about growth issues happening in the southern area of the City prompted their thinking about the site plans in those areas and staff needing to prioritize those projects related to water and sewer long term capital needs, therefore the Advanced Water Metering project discussion will be slowed down a little to allow staff to review three, five, and seven year needs. He explained Water Resources Director Bob Patterson will present an overview of projects on the horizon to give everyone a perspective.
Mr. Watkins stated once the City gets through the FY 19-20 budget planning process, there will be more conversations with Council and an invitation
to Mr. Joey Mitchell with Utility Metering Solutions to present at a future Work Session. He asked Council to provide some direction to staff before June 30 where to encumber those funds in the next fiscal year to determine a timeline to implement the project.
Water Resources Director Bob Patterson presented an overview of the Water Sewer Department capital improvement projects and how the City has funded
some of these projects. He stated general obligation bonds were utilized in the early 1990 s for the Great Alamance Creek Sewer Outfall, certificates of participation were issued for water infrastructure projects in the mid-2000s and in 2010-11 the City utilized revenue bonds for Cammack and Stoney Creek dam stabilization and nutrient updates at the east and south plants.
Mr. Patterson stated since the early 2010s the City has budgeted a range of 4 million to 6 million dollars annually for pay-as-you go capital
funding. He stated the City uses these funds for projects that are performed year to year which also includes vehicle and construction equipment. He stated an Annual 5-year CIP projection is determined and a 10-year CIP projection is determined for project planning on the horizon.
400K- 450K/year sewer lining project 150K- 200K/year replacement of old 6 mill lines 400K Replace Ava Street Area sewer 3.2M rehab/replace 21 Little
Alamance Creek Interceptor 1.6M rehab/replace 33 Little Alamance Creek Interceptor 275K various smaller sewer repairs/replacement 750K Replace Whitsett Pump Station force main 1.2M Replace Morningside Dr./Oakdale Ct. Sewer 2.6M Upgrade/refurbish Dry Creek Lift Station
B. Resolution to Reject Municipal Agreement for NCDOT Project EB-5882
Presented by: Todd Lambert, City Engineer
City Engineer Todd Lambert informed Council the City had entered into an agreement on December 4, 2018, with the North Carolina Department of
Transportation (NCDOT) for the construction of a sidewalk on Graham Hopedale Road from Mebane Street to Hanover Road including ramp improvements at all intersections which is identified as NCDOT Project EB-5882. He reported the City has been recently notified about a funded project; NCDOT U-6014, that includes widening of Graham Hopedale Road from Hanover Road to Morningside Drive to multi- lanes with bicycle pedestrian accommodations.
Mr. Lambert explained the City would build a sidewalk next year in FY 19-20 if continued efforts were made with Project EB-5882, then have NCDOT
remove those sidewalks within the next two years once the U-6014 project began. He indicated the City must adopt a Resolution to reject the previously executed municipal agreement in order to facilitate the inclusions of elements of EB- 5882 into U-6014.
Ms. Kelly explained these findings closely mirror the calls to action being seen across our state at all levels of government and on both sides of
the aisle. She stated in working toward their goals of providing tools that facilitate public-private partnerships the NCLM has worked with Representatives Dobson, Lewis, Szoka and Corbin to draft House Bill 431, FIBER NC Act which was filed on March 25, 2019. She noted that Representatives Ross and Riddell have both signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
Ms. Kelly stated the NCLM indicates that a companion bill should soon be filed in the Senate. She stated the bill provides authority for local
governments to construct facilities or equipment for broadband service for the purpose of leasing to non-governmental units. She explained the legislation allows cities to use ad valorem tax levies, grants, or any other unrestricted funding source to construct these facilities.
Kelly provided an overview of how these arrangements work and who are the potential private partners. She explained that local government leases
either existing assets like underground fiber used to run stop lights or 911 centers, utility poles or access to water towers or invests in new assets that are leased to the private internet service provider. She indicated that those private ISPs then operate the networks and run the retail service. She explained local governments do not run networks or acts as a retail provider of internet services. She reported this bill would allow any willing provider to respond to a local RFP including larger providers (ISP). She stated there are also several smaller ISPs operating in North Carolina, some of them home-grown, creating jobs and helping meet people s residential and business internet needs. She indicated that some of them are already embracing the public-private partnership model, but only by jumping through significant regulatory hoops.
Ms. Kelly reiterated the primary goal of this effort is to leverage existing municipal assets to encourage the growth and development of high-speed
broadband (gigabit fiber) networks in the Triad Region and surrounding communities to meet the technological needs of current and future businesses, public institutions, educational institutions, and local residents. She noted the following improvements:
Provide comprehensive broadband infrastructure with capability for expansion Ultra-high-speed service (up to 1Gbps) with support for voice, video and
data Free or heavily discounted services to low-income neighborhoods Increase free wireless networks in parks and public areas Encourage hi-speed internet access for downtown businesses Promote economic development sites by providing fiber connectivity
Ms. Kelly reported that in November 2016 an announcement was made of Tri-Gig s selection of North State Communications. She stated the following are
Tri Gig partners: City of Greensboro, Guilford County, City of Burlington, University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and the City of High Point.
She pointed out in the above map that if there is some presence of broadband in the block, the entire block is represented as covered. She stated to
get a better grasp of current coverage, available providers, and internet speeds, the City will work to obtain recent survey data from both the Burlington Downtown Corporation and Alamance County. She stated it is safe to say that most residences in Burlington do have the ability to access internet at their homes and some have several ISPs from which to choose, However, fewer have ultra-high-speed fiber to the home available.
Follow this link to see coverage areas: https://broadbandnow.com/North- Carolina/Burlington?zip=27215
Ms. Kelly reported Burlington businesses have several internet connection options as well, but downtown Fiber connections continues to be challenging
due to the cost of installing underground utilities in the built-out district. She shared the Digital Divide might be physical in rural areas but often economical in urban areas, where services are often available but higher speeds can remain unaffordable for some.
Ms. Kelly stated City staff is currently working to engage ISPs in an ongoing dialogue about infrastructure installation during a sidewalk
replacement project. She stated written commitments would be needed before moving forward with the sidewalk replacement project and staff s direction was to work with the Burlington Downtown Corporation and a consultant to design a comprehensive and logical strategy to the major downtown projects on the horizon. She explained a phased plan for sidewalk replacement and ISP infrastructure installation is a project that should take place in tandem with examining the depot move, main street re-connection, plaza creation, and DFI sites to ensure a holistic approach to major downtown investment.
Following a brief discussion with Council and staff, consensus was to place an addition to the April 2, 2019, City Council Meeting to adopt a
Resolution in support of the efforts to expand high-speed broadband coverage in our community and across the State and support legislation that allows communities to leverage public-private partnerships in achieving this goal.
Assistant City Manager Rachel Kelly explained the City and some Council Members have received requests for changing the color of the flood lights on
the Lexington Avenue entrance to the Municipal Building. She stated the flood lights were installed in celebration of the City s 125th year. She stated Council and staff have received inquiries over the year regarding changing the light colors for cause awareness, celebrations and holidays. She expressed staff will need guidance regarding the possible implementation of Municipal Building Lighting Policy.
Ms. Kelly mentioned Interim City Clerk Beverly Smith and Community Engagement Manager Morgan Lasater have formed some language for the proposed
policy. She stated Building Maintenance Division discussions determined that staff can reasonably accommodate a change in lights once per month. She stated the lights require colored films, which can be pre-ordered in set colors with a cost per light approximately around 24.00.
Ms. Kelly mentioned some of the policy considerations are for organizations making requests to have a local connection, be not-for-profit and
submitted annually. She stated the lighting requests should never be divisive and policy requirements could be considered for commercial, political, or religious purposes. She indicated a form would be provided to make the request, content of the request would include organization name, contact information, light color choice, purpose of the lighting and other pertinent information. She stated these would be reviewed by staff prior to seeking Council decision.
Mr. Watkins briefed Council on Fund Balance and how the City determines financing for projects. He stated the City s fund balance position is strong.
He stated there are some funds available for usage if deemed appropriate by City Council. He stated experts in the field of capital finance advise that there is no right or wrong way to deploy cash. He identified how communities utilize their fund balance in differing ways such as:
Mr. Watkins defined installment debt, also called installment purchase agreements for items such as police cars, sanitation trucks, or fire trucks
that are done on a annual basis. He stated some call that certificates of participation and some call them limited obligation bonds (LOBs). He stated there is not a big difference in the interest rates from GO bonds, its slightly higher with less issuance costs. He explained this kind of investment does require collateral.
Mr. Watkins explained funding through leases for equipment and vehicles. He stated that doesn t require Local Government Commission (LGC) approval if
leased less than fifty-nine months. He stated you can t finance an item longer than its useful life, the interest rates are low because of short amortization, and they usually are not appropriate for large projects. He described pay-as-you-go for annual appropriations. He stated this is a good source but hard to afford in the days of growing operational needs, increasing health and retirement costs and inflation. He advised, if you can get in the habit of doing this, it s a powerful tool. He stated the City of Burlington typically allocates yearly contribution of about 1.8 - 2.0 million to pay installment loan debt and 2.0 million for PAYGO capital needs.
Mr. Watkins explained the use of grants and donations. He stated staff is always searching for grant opportunities. He pointed out partnerships with
Impact Alamance, providing access to a contract grant writer and expressed their interest in community involvement. He stated Council Member Butler has advised staff to seek federal BUILD grants and Toole Design Group will begin working on an application for the Maple Avenue Corridor needs. He shared other sources and partnerships including New Leaf Society, Impact Alamance, Federal Transit Administration, Community Development Block Grant and NCDOT.