Emerald Tidings

December 2017

  1. Barber Re-Elected Mayor / Dooley and Normile Re-Elected, Taylor Elected to Board of Commissioners
  2. Commissioner Maripat Wright Wraps Up 12 Years of Dedicated Service to Town
  3. Applicants Sought for New Dog Park Committee
  4. Applicants Sought for New Golf Cart Committee
  5. Additional Coyote Trapping This Winter
  6. Efforts to Transition Emerald Isle EMS to Town Department Continue
  7. New Update to The Emerald Isle APP Released
  8. Please Make Sure Recyclables Are Separated from Household Trash
  9. Town Working to Make New McLean-Spell Park Land Available for Public Use
  10. Golf Cart Safety Classes Offered
  11. Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program Recognized
  12. Merry Christmas! Town of Emerald Isle Holiday Schedule
  13. Did You Know?

Barber Re-Elected Mayor / Dooley and Normile Re-Elected, Taylor Elected to Board of Commissioners

Mayor Eddie Barber was re-elected on November 7, along with current Town Commissioners Candace Dooley and Jim Normile.  Mark Taylor, currently serving on the Planning Board, was also elected to a seat on the Board of Commissioners.  Dooley, Normile, and Taylor join previously elected Commissioners Floyd Messer and Steve Finch on the 5-member Board of Commissioners. 

Congratulations to all 4 on their election!  Town staff looks forward to working under their leadership to continue efforts to make Emerald Isle an even better place than it already is!

(pictured above from left to right - Barber, Dooley, Normile, Taylor)

Commissioner Maripat Wright Wraps Up 12 Years of Dedicated Service to Town

Commissioner Maripat Wright's service on the Board of Commissioners will end in December after 12 years in this role. Commissioner Wright began her service in 2005, has been a calm and steady voice on the Board of Commissioners, and epitomizes "Nice Matters".  She has actively supported numerous quality of life improvements in the Town while placing a high priority on a low property tax rate, and has also been very active in Carteret County / regional library initiatives.  The Town greatly appreciates her service, and wishes her well in the future!

The Town will hold a special ceremony to honor Commissioner Wright on Tuesday, December 12 at 4 pm.  The ceremony will be held on the beach at The Point, and temporary parking will be available on Inlet Drive, Bogue Court, and on the beach strand near The Point vehicle ramp. Please join us, and help us honor Commissioner Wright and thank her for her dedicated service to the Town!

Applicants Sought for New Dog Park Committee

The Town is currently exploring the potential construction of a new "dog park" in the future, and is seeking applicants for a new committee that will be tasked with determining community support, identifying potential locations, considering design alternatives, and fundraising activities.  

Committee membership is open to any permanent or part-time residents of Emerald Isle, and interested members of the Emerald Isle business community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send an email expressing your interest to Town Manager Frank Rush at frush@emeraldisle-nc.org  no later than January 3, 2018 at 5 pm.

Applicants Sought for New Golf Cart Committee

The Town's local golf cart program continues to increase in popularity, and the Board of Commissioners has established a new committee that will be tasked with promoting the safe use of golf carts, advocating for golf cart owners, identifying strategies to expand golf cart access in a safe manner, fundraising efforts, and other helpful activities.  The new committee is modeled after the Town's successful Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  

Committee membership is open to any permanent or part-time residents of Emerald Isle, and interested members of the Emerald Isle business community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send an email expressing your interest to Town Manager Frank Rush at frush@emeraldisle-nc.org  no later than January 3, 2018 at 5 pm.   

Additional Coyote Trapping This Winter

In response to continuing concerns about coyotes in Emerald Isle, the Town will again implement a coyote trapping program this winter.  The Town's first coyote trapping effort occurred last winter, and resulted in the removal of 14 coyotes from various locations in Emerald Isle. Despite these efforts, there are still believed to be several coyote families living in Emerald Isle, in several areas. 

Beginning December 1, interested property owners can retain the services of a licensed trapper on their property at no or minimal cost, and should contact Emerald Isle Police Chief Tony Reese at 252-354-2021 or treese@emeraldisle-nc.org for more information.  Under the Town's program, trappers are required to notify the Emerald Isle Police Department when and where traps are set and when coyotes are actually trapped.  Coyote traps will also be set on various Town-owned properties in areas not frequented by the public.  The Town's program is consistent with NC Wildlife Resources Commission regulations, and will be in effect from December 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018. 

Efforts to Transition Emerald Isle EMS to Town Department Continue

The Town continues work to transition Emerald Isle EMS to a department of the Town government.  In April 2017, the Board of Commissioners directed Town staff to integrate existing EMS employees and assets into the Town government, and Town staff have been and continue to work to complete this transition by March 1, 2018.  This transition has been discussed by EMS leaders and Town officials many times since 2010, and was initially contemplated as far back as 2005. 

Since 2001, the Town has contracted with the separate, non-profit Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. for emergency medical services, and the current contract expires on March 1, 2018.  In 2001, Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. operated completely with volunteer staff, had no paid employees, and received a $5,000 contribution from the Town.  The organization now operates with a fully-paid staff (7 full-time employees and 17 part-time employees) and a total budget of nearly $600,000 of public funds annually.  The squad operates out of a Town-owned EMS station utilizing ambulances and other equipment purchased with public funds, and the Town already provides financial administration and payroll services for the separate, non-profit corporation.

All existing EMS employees have been offered employment with the Town of Emerald Isle, and we look forward to bringing these quality individuals into the Town organization.  The Town is currently recruiting for the Town EMS Chief position, and the recruitment advertisement can be viewed at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/employment . 

New Update to The Emerald Isle APP Released

The Town recently released a new update to The Emerald Isle APP that is designed to be more user-friendly and more customizable in the future. To download the APP, please visit The App Store or Google Play!  

The Emerald Isle APP is just one of many ways to stay informed about the Town's activities and initiatives, and others include the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), email newsletter ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications  ), Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC), Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), and text message alerts  ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications or text keyword EMERALD to 797979).

 

Please Make Sure Recyclables Are Separated from Household Trash

The Town invests significant resources in our curb-side recycling program, and each year Emerald Isle's residents and visitors recycle approximately 800 tons of waste!  

In Emerald Isle, recycling is collected every Wednesday in the entire town, all year long.   PLEASE make sure that recycling containers include only clean recyclable items, and that household trash is not mixed in with recyclable items.  The facilities that process the Town's recyclables may reject the Town's materials if they are mixed with household trash, so please do your part to make sure recyclables are separated from household trash.  For a summary of the Town's trash and recycling program, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/garbage-recycling-2 . 

Town Working to Make New McLean-Spell Park Land Available for Public Use

On behalf of the Town, the Conservation Fund of North Carolina completed the acquisition of the 30-acre undeveloped tract located behind the Town Government complex on October 31.  The Conservation Fund will formally convey the property to the Town in spring 2018, after more than $2.5 million of Federal and State grant funds are released to the Town. 

In the meantime, the Town has the right to fully utilize the land, which will be known as McLean-Spell Park.  Town staff are currently working with Eagle Scout volunteers to construct nature trails through the property and add limited signage.  The Town hopes to open the new nature trails in McLean-Spell Park in spring 2018.  Additional park planning and development will occur in future years, and will likely be heavily dependent on grant funding opportunities.

Golf Cart Safety Classes Offered

The Emerald Isle Police Department will be offering several new golf cart safety classes later this year and in early 2018 to better educate golf cart operators about safe use and the Town's regulations.  The new golf cart safety classes are scheduled for a variety of days and times, and will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room: 

  • Monday, December 4 @ 6 pm,
  • Saturday, December 9 @10 am,
  • Saturday, January 13 @10 am,
  • Friday, January 19 @ 6 pm,
  • Friday, February 2 @ 6 pm, and
  • Saturday, February 3 @10 am. 

Attendance at one of these golf cart safety classes will entitle the attendee to a $25 discount on the annual golf cart registration fee for the following year.  This discount will essentially negate a recently approved $25 increase in the annual golf cart registration fee, from $75 annually to a new fee of $100 annually, effective for 2018 registrations.  Those who attend one of these golf cart safety classes will incur a $75 registration fee, while those who do not will be responsible for the new $100 fee.

Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program Recognized

The Town is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers in the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Protection Program, and Mayor Barber and the Board of Commissioners formally recognized the group at the November Town meeting.  The many volunteers in this program work diligently each summer to identify, monitor, and protect sea turtle nests along Emerald Isle's 12+ miles of ocean beaches.  Their significant efforts result in environmental protection benefits, enhance community cohesiveness, add to the overall desirability of Emerald Isle as a tourism and retirement destination, and bring many smiles to those involved in the program and those fortunate to observe the hatching of a sea turtle nest.  For more information about the program, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/sea-turtle-program .

 

Merry Christmas!  Town of Emerald Isle Holiday Schedule

Merry Christmas to everyone who lives in, owns property, visits regularly, or just loves Emerald Isle!  We are all incredibly blessed to be able to enjoy this special place!

Town offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Wednesday, December 27 in observance of Christmas.  The Community Center will be closed on Monday, December 25, but will be open on December 26 and 27.  Trash will NOT be collected on Monday, December 25 or Tuesday, December 26.  The regular collection schedule will resume on Wednesday, December 27.     

Town offices and the Community Center will be closed on Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.  Trash WILL be collected on Monday, January 1.  The regular collection schedule will be in effect otherwise.  Happy New Year! 

Did You Know?

Carteret County levies a 6% room occupancy tax on all short-term lodging, including vacation rentals, in the county.  This tax generates more than $7 million annually, and 50% of these proceeds are utilized by the Tourism Development Authority for marketing of our entire area, and 50% are reserved for future beach nourishment efforts in Emerald Isle and other nearby towns.  Of the $7 million+ collected annually, more than 60% is generated within Emerald Isle!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, December 1, 2017 3:16:00 PM

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