Emerald Tidings

June 2009

  1. July 4th Fireworks at McLean Park!
  2. Emerald Isle to Receive Federal Stimulus Funding to Extend Bicycle Path Along NC 58
  3. FY 09-10 Budget
  4. New Trail Completed at Emerald Isle Woods Park
  5. NC Aquariums Pier at Nags Head Under Construction
  6. PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building

July 4th Fireworks at McLean Park!

9 pm - Saturday, July 4th

The Town will present July 4th fireworks at McLean Park, the Town's new soundfront park located adjacent to Chapel By The Sea near mile marker 18 on NC 58.  Class A Fireworks, a Carteret County pyrotechnic company, will put on the show for the Town.  

A viewing area will be provided near Chapel By The Sea, and parking will be available along NC 58 and other nearby streets.  Please do not park in front of private driveways or fire hydrants.  We expect a big crowd, and carpooling is encouraged.  We also encourage anyone who can walk or bicycle to the show to please do so.  The fireworks can also be viewed by boat from Bogue Sound, from other soundfront locations, from nearby oceanfront locations, and nearby neighborhoods.  If you are planning to attend the fireworks viewing area near Chapel By The Sea, please only cross NC 58 at nearby intersections. 

The owner of Bogue Inlet Pier has indicated that he is no longer interested in partnering with the Town for July 4th fireworks, thus they will not be fired from the Pier this year. 

Please join us for a great celebration of our Nation's 233rd birthday!

Emerald Isle to Receive Federal Stimulus Funding to Extend Bicycle Path Along NC 58

The NC Department of Transportation has awarded the Town a total of $500,000 for the construction of new bicycle path along NC 58!  Funding for the project is derived from the recently enacted Federal stimulus package.   The Town's surveyors and engineers are hard at work on the design of the new bike path, and we expect construction to begin in August, with completion later in 2009 or early 2010.  The new path will extend from the terminus of the existing bike path at Black Skimmer Drive (at mile marker 19 on NC 58) to the east along the south side of NC 58.  The Town hopes to extend the path approximately 4 miles east to the Eastern Ocean Regional Access facility (and site of the future Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle).   The new bike path will complement the Town's existing 2.3 miles of asphalt bike paths, and provide a safe bicycle and pedestrian link from eastern Emerald Isle to the main business district.  The new path will be located entirely on NC 58 right of way.  Town staff will be working with affected property owners to resolve any issues involving fencing, landscaping, or other private encroachments in the right of way over the coming weeks.   The Town continues its strong commitment to bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and we look forward to this new path!  

FY 09-10 Budget

No change in tax rates!

The Board of Commissioners is poised to approve the Town's FY 09-10 budget in June.  

The total FY 09-10 Recommended Budget for FY 09-10 is $9.14 million, which is a $1.5 million, or 14% decrease from the total FY 08-09 adopted budget.  The Mayor, Commissioners, Town Manager, and Town staff have all worked diligently to minimize Town expenditures during the current economic crisis. 

The proposed FY 09-10 General Fund tax rate is 7 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is identical to the current tax rate.  The proposed special district tax rates for beach nourishment are also unchanged (16.2 cents oceanfront and 1.1 cent non-oceanfront) in the FY 09-10 Recommended Budget.  The proposed annual solid waste fee of $180 per developed property is also identical to the current rate. 

The FY 09-10 Recommended Budget includes numerous expenditure reductions, however, Town staff will be working even harder to insure that the Town can maintain the high quality services that our taxpayers are accustomed to and deserve.  Reflecting these difficult economic times, the budget includes the indefinite elimination of 3 full time positions, no salary increases for Town employees, no new Town-funded capital projects, and only minimal funding for vehicle and capital equipment replacements.

The Town is hopeful that the current economic crisis will abate later this year.  The budget strategies included in the FY 09-10 Recommended Budget are intended to maintain the Town's solid financial position and hopefully allow the Town to emerge from the current economic crisis well-positioned to meet the needs of our community in the future.

A complete copy of the FY 09-10 Recommended Budget is available online at www.emeraldisle-nc.org/townrecommendedbudgetfy0910.htm .   

New Trail Completed at Emerald Isle Woods Park

Parks and Recreation staff recently completed the construction of a new hiking trail at Emerald Isle Woods, the Town's 43-acre soundfront nature park on Coast Guard Road.   The new trail is located immediately to the right upon entering the park, and travels northeast to the main parking area.  The new trail includes a new footbridge over a drainage stream associated with the Town's storm water control system along Coast Guard Road.   Emerald Isle Woods includes several hiking trails, a bathhouse / picnic shelter, and floating dock on Bogue Sound.  Park hours are sunrise to sunset.  Ample parking is available.         

NC Aquariums Pier at Nags Head Under Construction

The new Aquarium Pier at Nags Head, officially named "Jenette's Pier", is under construction near Whalebone Junction.  The Nags Head pier is the first of 3 planned by the NC Aquariums, with the Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle next up for construction, hopefully within the next 4-5 years.

Construction of the Nags Head pier is expected to occur over the next 22 months, with a spring 2011 opening planned.  The construction of the Nags Head pier will allow the NC Aquariums to direct its focus toward funding for the Emerald Isle pier now, and is thus a very positive development for our efforts in Emerald Isle.

The Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle is currently in the design phase.  The Aquarium Pier Advisory Committee, Aquariums staff, and Town officials are all working closely with the architects and engineers.

Mayor Art Schools, Town Manager Frank Rush, Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium Director Jay Barnes, and Advisory Committee Chairman Richard Ehrenkaufer ("Dr. Bogus") recently attended the "sand-breaking" ceremony for the Nags Head pier. 

PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building - 218 Cedar Street

The Town is currently offering the old EMS station property for sale as a residential dwelling, and the asking price has been reduced to $397,500.  A detailed property listing, including photos, is available for viewing at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/forsale.htm .    The Town has recently completed several interior renovations to improve the interior appearance and functionality of the building.       For more information, please contact Town Manager Frank Rush at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Monday, June 1, 2009 7:44:00 AM