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Emerald Isle Community Center  

November 25, 2020

Emerald Isle Community Center

As the state continues to report record-shattering cases of coronavirus as well as an escalating increase in cases in Carteret County the Community Center will close effective today, November 25 through January 1, 2021. At that time Town officials will evaluate current conditions to determine reopening. Town Hall, Police, Fire and EMS have previously restricted public access and will continue to do so.  This decision was made not only to protect the public, but to protect town employees during the holiday season.

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For questions, contact:

Emerald Isle Community Center Staff

252-354-6350

 

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:53:00 PM Categories: News

New COVID-19 County Alert System + How to Stay Safe for Thanksgiving 

On Nov. 19, DHHS reported the state's highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported. While North Carolina is currently experiencing high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 statewide, the virus is impacting some counties particularly hard.

The state has established a new COVID-19 County Alert System to help North Carolinians understand how their county is faring and take actions to slow the spread of the virus. The system uses metrics informed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina’s key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers from least to most severe:

Yellow: Significant Community Spread

Orange: Substantial Community Spread

Red: Critical Community Spread

A combination of three metrics are used to categorize a county: the COVID-19 case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and the hospital impact within the county. Under the system, 53 counties are currently experiencing critical or substantial community spread, with the remaining counties seeing significant community spread. The map will be updated every four weeks.

Learn more about how the system works and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.

County Alert System, Information and Map

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, November 23, 2020 8:48:00 AM Categories: News

Public Information and Media Director  

The Town of Emerald Isle, one of North Carolina’s top rated beach communities, needs your expertise and energy to enhance its internal/external communication efforts.  Using a wide range of media, the Public Information and Media Director will share the story of Emerald Isle.

He/she will serve as spokesperson for the Town when designated, respond to the media, citizens, and customer inquiries.    He/she will maintain the content of all official communication platforms including web, Twitter, Facebook, the EI App, Constant Contact email and text lists. 

Special Events: He/she will help promote major annual/specials events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Beach Music Festival, EI Marathon and EI Fishing Tournament. 

The ideal candidate will hold a degree(s) in media, communications, journalism and/or similar disciplines.  Strong writing skills on various platforms is a must. 

A proven ability to shoot and edit video is critical to the newly developed role.

A background in emergency management communications is a plus.

The identified salary range is $46,615 – 68,990.  Hiring rate will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.  A host of exceptional benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, retirement, 401K and generous annual leave. 

Candidates should supply (1) a complete Town of Emerald Isle application (http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/employment), (2) cover letter and (3) relevant resume to: Sarah Williams, Town Clerk/ HR Specialist at swilliams@emeraldisle-nc.org or 7500 Emerald Drive, NC 28594.

The position remains open until filled.  A first review of applications will occur on/before December 11, 2020. Interested parties should apply soon.   Visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org.  EOE

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, November 20, 2020 2:34:00 PM Categories: News

Mr.Bob Dobler Wins Grand Prize  

 

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op Member Wins Grand Prize in the Fifth Annual #WhoPowersYou Contest


Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op (CCEC), in partnership with Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives, is pleased to announce that Bob Dobler of Emerald Isle is the Grand Prize Winner of the fifth annual #WhoPowersYou Contest.

In addition to being nationally recognized, Dobler will be awarded $5,000 for his cause. Additional prizes will be awarded for second place, third place and honorable mention.

Dobler was awarded the grand prize for his longtime work supporting the BackPack Friends program that provides backpacks full of food to more than 600 children each week in Carteret, Craven and Onslow counties. Dobler makes cutting boards that he sells at craft fairs and through local vendors, and he donates 100 percent of the proceeds to BackPack Friends..

In the past seven years, Dobler’s cutting boards have raised more than $54,000 and helped fund more than 6,500 backpacks full of food. “I simply wanted to do something to help,” he says.

“We are thrilled that Bob was chosen to receive this honor," said Melissa Glenn, CCEC communications specialist. "His skilled hands and his dedication to BackPack Friends and its mission to ensure that no child goes hungry is remarkable."

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives launched #WhoPowersYou in 2016 to celebrate the power of human connections.

The annual contest invites co-op members across the country to nominate local heroes making a difference in their communities. An independent panel of judges selects the winners based upon the positive impact they make on their community.


About Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative supplies power to 40,500 meters serving more than 32,500 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties and is part of Touchstone Energy®, a nationwide family of co-ops exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

About Touchstone Energy
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a national network of electric cooperatives across 46 states that provides resources and leverages partnerships to help member cooperatives and their employees better engage and serve their members. By working together, Touchstone Energy cooperatives stand as a source of power and information to their 30 million member-owners every day.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, November 20, 2020 12:51:00 PM Categories: News

Trash Schedule for Thanksgiving Week  

Simmons and Simmons will not collect trash on Thursday 11/26 or Friday 11/27 of Thanksgiving week.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes, Messages & Greetings for 2020

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:21:00 AM Categories: News

Free COVID Testing Dec 1, 2020 

Green County Healthcare, Inc. will offer Free COVID-19 testing in Emerald Isle, NC.

Tuesday December 1, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Western Ocean Regional Access Public Park

9003 Louise Avenue

Emerald Isle, NC

 

There is no registration required.  You do not have to be a resident of Emerald Isle.  Testing will be drive-thru style, but walk-up individuals are welcomed too. Anyone, of any age can be tested

The test used will be a NARES test.  It is a simple test in which a specimen is collected just inside the nose.  It does not hurt!  

Testing does not take very long either.  All results, positive and/or negative, will be delivered within 24 hours of receiving test results.  Test results will be available typically 2-4 days after testing date.

If you have questions, please contact Gena Byrd at 252-253-9965 or by email at gbyrd@gchcinc.org.

Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, November 17, 2020 1:57:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT Bridge Repair Update  

NC 58 Bridge Construction Update

The NC Department of Transportation informed the Town of Emerald Isle that construction related lane closures (of the N.C 58 bridge) are delayed until December 1, 2020.

Please plan ahead when traveling on and off the island via the NC 58 Bridge: 

  • Weekday closures can occur between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
  • Saturday and Sunday closures can occur between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM. 

 At this time, single lane closures are anticipated to occur on the following dates:

  • December 1 through December 17, 2020. 
  • Following the Christmas and New Year's holidays, single lane closures will resume once more and continue through March of 2021. 

With any large scale construction project, schedules are subject to change. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:14:00 AM Categories: News

FEMA Assistance Final Public Notice-- Docks and piers 

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The Town of Emerald Isle has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: Town of Emerald Isle

Project Title: 68842 - Docks and piers; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-01015

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility

Address

Latitude

Longitude

Date of Construction

Stormwater Discharge Location

Shipwreck Lane,

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Start: 34.64835

End: 34.64777

-77.08141

-77.08325

N/A

Emerald Isle Woods Park

9404 Coast Guard Rd.,

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

34.66373

-77.06748

2002

Park Street Floating Dock

Park Street,

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

34.67836

-76.95799

2013

Bluewater Bay Sound Pier

7000 Emerald Drive,

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

34.67200

-77.01268

1987

Cedar Street Sound Pier

Cedar Street,

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

34.67174

-77.03262

1984

 

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the repairs of multiple docks and/or piers and a stormwater discharge location in the Town of Emerald Isle. All work is located in a Coastal High Hazard Area. Confirmation of location in a Coastal High Hazard Area (VE Zone) was determined by the Carteret County Effective Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720537300L, dated 6/19/2020 and by the Carteret County Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Numbers: 3720538300K, 3720631400K, and 3720539400K, each dated 6/30/2016. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the Coastal High Hazard Area. The proposed work will take place in Estuarine/Marine Wetland and Estuarine/Marine Deep Water, per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory but will have a beneficial effect on wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:
The Town of Emerald Isle restored an emergency stormwater discharge location to pre-storm condition by moving 450 cubic yards of beach sand to cover the drainage pipe. The Town also restored Emerald Isle Woods Park pier, Park St Floating Dock, and Cedar Street Sound Pier to pre-storm condition by replacing various damaged components at each site. The Town also completed a demolition at Bluewater Bay Sound Pier by removing all components and not reconstructing. The purpose of these projects is to return the damaged components to their pre-storm condition, allowing for continued recreational use of each facility. The purpose of demolition of Bluewater Bay Sound Pier is to remove and prevent future damage to a facility that is not being regularly used by the public.
Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No Action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on The Town of Emerald Isle. This alternative could result in a negative economic and recreational impact to the area.

Alternative #2 (Repair in-kind): The proposed action preserves the natural and beneficial values of the floodplain by allowing continued use of the area for recreational/educational purposes.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-01015 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (Thursday, November 12, 2020)

End of Notice

Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:39:00 PM Categories: News

Western Regional Access Closed 11/09-13 

The WORA will be closed November 9th-13th for repairs. Thank you for your understanding.

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, November 9, 2020 4:50:00 PM Categories: News

Public Comment Information – November 10, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The November 10, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available for viewing or audio only by registering at the following link for attendees  -  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3112718926907250957 If you wish to call in using your phone, you may dial (631) 992-3221 and enter 136-707-555 when prompted.

PUBLIC COMMENT DURING COVID-19

Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Sarah Williams at swilliams@emeraldisle-nc.org
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Sarah Williams at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 10, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, November 6, 2020 3:40:00 PM Categories: News
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