Emerald Tidings

November 2013

  1. Special Reception for Mayor Schools - November 14 at 7 pm
  2. Community Center Expansion Set to Begin
  3. Police Department Now Accepting Online Crime Tips
  4. New Fire Engine Ordered
  5. Three Beach Access Walkways Are Private
  6. AIWW Dredge Spoils to Be Placed at The Point This Winter
  7. Annual Financial Audit Released
  8. New Soundfront Pier Nearing Completion
  9. Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - November 30 at 3 pm
  10. Inaugural Emerald Isle Half-Marathon & 5K Race
  11. Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Special Reception for Mayor Schools - November 14 at 7 pm

Public Invited!

Mayor Art Schools is stepping down after 12 years of service to the Town, and the Town is hosting a special reception to honor his service on Thursday, November 14 beginning at 7 pm.  

The reception will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room (adjacent to the Police Station), and is open to the public.  Please join us in honoring a great leader for Emerald Isle! 

Community Center Expansion Set to Begin

The Town's contractor is expected to begin construction of a 1,200 sq. ft. expansion of the Community Center in November.  The expansion will be located near the northwest corner of the existing building (just outside of the current lounge area), and is expected to be complete and open for public use by late spring 2014.

The expansion will be utilized as the new aerobics / exercise room, and will provide nearly 60% more area for these popular programs then the existing aerobics / exercise room.  The weight room will then be expanded into the space currently occupied by the aerobics / exercise room, and will provide nearly 85% more area for weight room equipment.

The Town looks forward to completing this beneficial project, which was included in the "community improvements package" authorized by the Board of Commissioners earlier this year.  

Police Department Now Accepting Online Crime Tips

The Emerald Isle Police Department is pleased to now offer an online method for our residents and visitors to submit crime tips.  Tips can be submitted directly to EIPD personnel at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eipd/crimetips.htm , and the person reporting the information can remain anonymous or submit personal contact information.  

The EIPD works hard to keep our residents and visitors safe, and greatly appreciates the public's assistance in preventing and solving crimes in Emerald Isle.  

New Fire Engine Ordered

The Emerald Isle Fire Department provides high quality fire prevention and suppression services for more than 6,000 structures in Emerald Isle.  The Town is fortunate to be served by a dedicated group of professional firefighters.   

The Fire Department operates out of two fire stations, with 4 large pieces of Fire apparatus.  EIFD utilizes a ladder truck and 3 pumper trucks, and typically expects to achieve a 20-year useful life from each. The cost of these large Fire apparatus is significant, and can range from $400,000 - $700,000 each.  The Town has established a capital replacement schedule that calls for one truck to be replaced every 5 years in an effort to stabilize the Town's annual expenditures and insure that EIFD personnel have safe and reliable equipment.  

The Town previously replaced the ladder truck in 1998, a pumper truck in 2003, and another pumper truck in 2008.  The remaining pumper truck (now approximately 25 years old) is being replaced in 2013, and has been ordered from Toyne, Inc., an Iowa-based manufacturer of large Fire apparatus.  The total purchase price is $449,336.  The new pumper truck is expected to be placed in service in spring 2014, at which time the old truck will be made available for sale.    

Three Beach Access Walkways Are Private

The beach access walkways located near East Seaview Drive, Myrtle Drive, and Mangrove Drive were recently declared to be private by Superior Court Judge Alford, and use of these walkways is limited to the property owners within the adjacent subdivisions and their guests.

Since late 2009, the Town had contended that the walkways were dedicated for public use and declared them to be open to the general public. A group of property owners in this area disputed the Town's contention, and ultimately brought legal action against the Town in March 2012. The case was heard by Judge Alford in June 2013, and his initial ruling was issued in July 2013.

For many reasons, the Town gave serious consideration to appealing Judge Alford's decision to the NC Court of Appeals. The Town ultimately decided not to appeal, and settled the case with the property owners. The Town will abide by Judge Alford's ruling. To that end, the Town has removed all indications that the walkways are open to the public, and now considers the 3 beach access walkways to be private. All nearby streets are public streets, and the beach strand itself is open to the general public, however, the 3 walkways are private.

As a strong proponent of public access to its ocean beaches, the Town disagrees with and is disappointed in the Court's ruling, but respects the ruling and will abide by the ruling.

AIWW Dredge Spoils to Be Placed at The Point This Winter

The US Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) near Bogue Inlet crossing this winter, and will place approximately 50,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from the AIWW at The Point in Emerald Isle.

The Point is currently in great shape, with nearly 2,000 feet of sand between the Town's vehicle access ramp and the main channel in Bogue Inlet.  The additional sand dredged from the AIWW will be placed in strategic locations to increase the elevation of The Point and promote continued stability.

Annual Financial Audit Released

The Town's auditors, Williams-Scarborough-Smith-Gray (WSSG) of New Bern, recently completed the June 30, 2013 audit.  The Town received an unqualified ("clean") opinion from WSSG, and the Town maintains an excellent financial position.  

Highlights of the June 30, 2013 audit include:

- the Town's total net assets are nearly $19 million,

- total General Fund expenditures were approximately $7.4 million, and the Town ended the year with a surplus of approximately $56,000, 

- total General Fund balance was approximately $2.1 million, approximately 28.5% of total expenditures, 

- the Town's total outstanding debt was $1.4 million, a very low debt level, and

- the Town's tax collection percentage was 99.3%, a very high rate.

To view the entire June 30, 2013 audit report, please visit

http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CAFR/2013/EIFinancialReport2013.pdf 

New Soundfront Pier Nearing Completion

The Town's contractor is nearing completion of the new 1,000+ ft. long soundfront pier at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area.  The new pier will provide an opportunity for visitors to access the waters of Bogue Sound, take in the beautiful views, and will also allow boaters to tie up temporarily while awaiting their turn to use the boat ramps.  

The new pier was primarily funded by a grant from the NC Division of Coastal Management.  The Town is pleased to offer this new amenity for our residents and visitors! 

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - November 30 at 3 pm

The 10th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 30 at 3 pm on NC 58 near the middle of Town. The parade route runs from Mangrove Drive to the Town Hall complex. Please join us for this great annual tradition! 

 

Inaugural Emerald Isle Half-Marathon & 5K Race - March 29, 2014

The inaugural Emerald Isle Half-Marathon & 5K Race, with proceeds to benefit the multi-use path network in Emerald Isle, will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Start your training program now, and make plans to run this great new race in Emerald Isle!

To learn more, and to register for the event, please visit  http://www.emeraldislerun.com/ .

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Town offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Community Center will be closed on Thursday, November 28, but will be open on Friday, November 29.

No trash collection will occur on Thursday, November 28 or Friday, November 29.  

Posted by Admin Friday, November 1, 2013 11:28:00 AM

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