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Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Cancelled  

Unfortunately due to inclement weather the Emerald Isle Christmas parade scheduled for today, Saturday, November 24, 2018, has been cancelled. 

Sorry for the disappointment but we will hope for better weather for next year's event.

We thank Parade Chairman Don Wells, and all those who planned to participate and attend. 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:55:00 AM Categories: News

FINAL HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE - C&D DEBRIS COLLECTIONS ENDING 

 

Update #34 - Wednesday, November 14 - 10 am

FINAL Hurricane Florence Update

This is the final special update on the Town's Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.  Please refer to normal Town of Emerald Isle digital communications platforms for periodic updates on various Town services, initiatives, and projects.  

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Collections Ending -  Town Will No Longer Collect C&D Debris at Street Edge

The Town's contractor is collecting the last remaining piles of C&D debris from photo-documented locations that met the Town's October 29 deadline, and we expect the contractor to complete all C&D debris collections any day now.  

The Town will no longer collect C&D debris from the street edge, and debris collection and disposal is the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner and/or your insurance company.  

If you still have construction & demolition debris on your property, there are two options available: 1) Emerald Isle property owners may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point, and there is no fee for disposal, or  2) your personal contractor may transport your debris to the County transfer station off Hibbs Road in Newport (disposal fees apply).  

If there are small, remnant pieces of C&D debris at the street edge after collection, please simply rake up any loose debris and deposit it in your trash container for normal trash collection.

The Town is pleased to be ending the debris collection process, and appreciates our property owners' patience over the past several weeks.

Public Works Department Resumes Normal Vegetative Debris Collection Efforts

Town staff normally collect vegetative debris throughout the Town all year long, and the Town's two trucks are resuming normal operations.  Town trucks will continue to collect vegetative debris placed at the street edge by our property owners. 

The Town's normal service goal is to complete a full pass of the entire Town each week.  Please note that, due to higher volumes associated with Hurricane Florence vegetative debris, it may take our staff a little longer and they may not achieve our weekly collection goal.  Your patience is appreciated as we work through the expected higher volume of vegetative debris in the coming weeks. 

Beach Strand C&D Debris Collection Continues

Unfortunately, the Town's contractor has experienced numerous mechanical issues with its beach collection equipment, but is finally making progress.  All previously consolidated piles of construction & demolition debris between the Indian Beach town limits and Bogue Inlet Pier have been removed, along with the area along Wyndtree Drive and Inlet Drive near The Point.  The contractor continues to collect consolidated piles of C&D debris between Bogue Inlet Pier and Wyndtree Drive, and we are hopeful this work will be complete by the end of November.  

Town Seeking Contractors for Tree Clean-up in Emerald Isle Woods Park and McLean-Spell Park; Contract Awarded for Blue Heron Park

Emerald Isle Woods Park remains closed due to significant tree damage in the park, and Town staff continue to solicit bids for this work.  McLean-Spell Park is open, but also has significant tree damage and should only be used at your own risk.  Town staff also continue to solicit bids for this work.

The Town has executed a contract for tree clean-up in Blue Heron Park, and we look forward to reopening this park very soon. 

For more information, or to solicit a bid, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350 or asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org .

Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20

The Town's engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, are currently soliciting construction bids for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  Construction bids are due on Tuesday, November 20, and the Town is hopeful that 3 bids will be received.  If fewer than 3 bids are received, NC law will require the Town to re-advertise for an additional period of time, after which any bids may be opened and considered.  Assuming a reasonable bid, the Board may award a construction contract in December, with work beginning sometime in early 2019.  

This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  A new ~ 25 ft. wide dune will be constructed in this area, and the flat beach berm will be widened by an additional 40 - 60 feet.  Dune vegetation will also be planted as part of this project.    

If the Town does not receive reasonable bids in November, it is likely that this project will be delayed until winter 2019-2020 and combined with a larger project that would also include central and western Emerald Isle.  

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $56.7 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost from the Town's 12 miles of ocean beach during Hurricane Florence. 

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:38:00 AM Categories: News

Join Us for the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade - Saturday, November 24!  

 

The 15th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade (sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association) will be held on Saturday, November 24 at 3 pm along NC 58 between Mangrove Drive (near CVS and K&V Plaza) and the Town Government Complex.  Please join us for this great annual event as we celebrate the holiday season and our many blessings in Emerald Isle!

 If you'd like to enter a float in the parade, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/parade-entry-2018.pdf  , and/or contact Parade Chairman Don Wells at donaldjwells@gmail.com or 252-772-3282.  

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, November 6, 2018 2:10:00 PM Categories: News

Please Join Us For A Special Reception for Town Manager Frank Rush - November 15th from 5-7 pm 

 

Town Manager Frank Rush submitted his resignation on Friday, October 12 2018 after 17+ years of dedicated service to the Town of Emerald Isle.  The Town has been fortunate to have at the helm a Town Manager of Frank's caliber and integrity.  The Town has been well served under Frank's leadership, guidance, and unparalleled work ethic.  Frank has successfully negotiated many intricate and exciting projects through the years that have added tremendous value and brought great vitality to our community, and he will be missed.

Please join us for a special reception honoring his outstanding service, as we wish Frank and his family the best in their future endeavors.

A reception will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 5-7 pm at the Emerald Isle Community Center Gymnasium, 203 Leisure Lane.  Light refreshments will be available.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:10:00 PM Categories: News

FINAL PASS UNDERWAY FOR COLLECTION OF FLORENCE DEBRIS  

 

Update #33 - Monday, October 29 - 4 pm

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Final Pass for Collection of Construction & Demolition Debris Underway; Please Do Not Place Additional Construction & Demolition Debris at Street Edge

As noted in previous Town updates, the deadline for the placement of Florence debris at the street edge was October 28.  The Town's debris contractor has now begun the "final pass", and the Town is attempting to complete all debris collection in Emerald Isle in the coming days.  A total of 11 debris collection crews are currently operating in Emerald Isle.  

The Town will be certifying completion and releasing the debris contractor from collection responsibilities on various streets on a daily basis.  Once these streets are certified as complete, the Town will no longer collect construction & demolition debris from the street edge, and debris collection and disposal will become the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner.  Please do not place additional construction & demolition debris at the street edge.

If you still have construction & demolition debris that was not placed at the street edge by the October 28 deadline, there are two options available:  1) Emerald Isle property owners may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point, and there is no fee for disposal, or  2) your personal contractor may transport your debris to Western Park (only until October 31, with no fee for disposal - use the form located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf ) or to the County transfer station off Hibbs Road in Newport (after November 1, disposal fees apply).  

The Town is aware of all remaining construction & demolition debris that needs collection.  If you placed your debris at the street edge prior to the October 28 deadline, the Town's contractor will definitely collect your debris in the coming days.  Thank you for your patience as we wrap up this effort!

Final Pass for Collection of Vegetative Debris Also Underway; Normal Town Collections Will Resume When Debris Contractor is Released

The Town's debris contractor has also begun the "final pass" for collection of vegetative debris, and the Town expects this "final pass" to also be complete in the coming days.  After the Town's debris contractor has completed the "final pass", the Town's Public Works Department will resume normal vegetative debris collection efforts.  The Public Works Department operates two 24-cubic yard capacity trucks year-round, with a goal of collecting all vegetative debris in the Town each week. 

Hurricane Florence Debris is Most Ever in Town's History

The Hurricane Florence debris collection effort is by far the largest in the Town's history.  To date, nearly 145,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and nearly 30,000 cubic yards of construction & demolition debris have been collected, with more to be collected in the coming days.  The Town's total debris collection expenses are now approaching $1.5 million.  The Town expects to receive reimbursement from FEMA for nearly all debris collection expenses.    

Beach Debris Collection Now Underway

After several mechanical issues, the Town's debris contractor is now hard at work removing consolidated piles of debris from the beach strand at the base of the dunes.  We are hopeful that all beach strand debris will be removed within the next week. 

FEMA Individual Assistance Available to Qualifying Residents and Businesses

Permanent residents of Emerald Isle may qualify for direct assistance with temporary housing needs, repairs, and debris removal expenses, and may also qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  Second home owners and businesses in Emerald Isle may qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  To learn more and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ . 

Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20

The Town's engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, have released the bid solicitation for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  Construction bids are due on Tuesday, November 20, and the Town is hopeful that 3 bids will be received.  If fewer than 3 bids are received, NC law will require the Town to re-advertise for an additional period of time, after which any bids may be opened and considered.  Assuming a reasonable bid, the Board may award a construction contract in December, with work beginning sometime in early 2019.  

This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  A new ~ 25 ft. wide dune will be constructed in this area, and the flat beach berm will be widened by an additional 40 - 60 feet.  Dune vegetation will also be planted as part of this project.    

If the Town does not receive reasonable bids in November, it is likely that this project will be delayed until winter 2019-2020 and combined with a larger project that would also include central and western Emerald Isle.  

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $40 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost from the Town's 12 miles of ocean beach during Hurricane Florence. 

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 29, 2018 4:15:00 PM Categories: News

Request for Proposals - Executive Search Firm for Town Manager 

Please view Request for Proposals - Executive Search Firm for Town Manager

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:55:00 AM Categories: News

Board Appoints Randy Martin as Interim Town Manager,Frank Rush To Become City Manager of South Lake Tahoe, CA 

 

The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at a special meeting on October 22 to appoint Randy Martin as Interim Town Manager of Emerald Isle.  Randy will begin work in early November, and will work with departing Town Manager Frank Rush in November to promote a smooth transition. 

Randy Martin has 34 years of experience as a City Manager, and recently retired as the City Manager of Franklin, VA, where he served since 2012.  From 1995 - 2012, Randy served as the City Manager of Morehead City, NC, and he still resides in Morehead City.  His career also includes service as the City Manager of King, NC from 1984 - 1995. The Board is pleased to have someone of Randy's caliber and local knowledge at the helm of the Town organization for the next several months while the Board recruits a new Town Manager.  The Board will soon select an executive search consultant to coordinate a thorough recruitment and selection process, and hopes to appoint a new Town Manager sometime in spring 2019.  

Frank Rush has served Emerald Isle as Town Manager since 2001, and recently accepted the position of City Manager of South Lake Tahoe, California.  Frank begins his new position in December, and we wish him well in South Lake Tahoe.  We were so fortunate to have Frank's guidance over the years as our Town Manager, and we feel blessed to have known and worked with such a great person.  I, along with the Board of Commissioners, Town staff, and our citizens will truly miss his friendship and leadership.  Frank's last day in Emerald Isle will be November 21, and the Board has scheduled a special reception for Frank and his family on Thursday, November 15 from 5 pm - 7 pm in the Community Center.  The public is invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be available.  A recent news article about Frank's new opportunity is posted at http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_e59be910-cf1b-11e8-af07-fb91c0289e75.html .  

Please join me in providing a warm welcome to Randy Martin, and to also wish Frank Rush much success in this next chapter of his career. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:26:00 PM Categories: News

Request for Bids - Post-Florence Renourishment Project - Phase I 

 

View Notice to Bidders

View Addendum No. 1

Sealed proposals will be received by the Towns of Emerald Isle and Indian Beach (Owner), at the Town of Emerald Isle Administration Building Conference Room located at 7509 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC  28594, until 4:00 pm, local time November 20, 2018, and immediately thereafter publicly opened and read for the furnishing of labor, material and equipment entering into the construction of the:

Post-Florence Renourishment Project – Phase 1

Bids will be received for single prime only.  All proposals shall be lump sum.  Per North Carolina law, if less than three bids are received the project will be advertised for one additional week until bids are opened.

***Pre-Bid Meeting***

An open non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held for all interested bidders and vendors at 1:00 pm on October 26, 2018 at the Town of Emerald Isle Administration Building Conference Room located at 7509 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.  The meeting will address project specific questions, issues and bidding procedures.  A call-in number for this pre-bid meeting will be provided to those who request it from the Engineer.  Concerns and or questions should be related in writing to the Engineer no later than 2:00 pm on November 13, 2018.

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:15:00 PM Categories: News

PLEASE PLACE DEBRIS AT STREET EDGE BY OCTOBER 28 

 

Update #32 - Tuesday, October 23 - 12 Noon

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Please Place Florence Debris at Street Edge by Sunday, October 28

The Town's debris contractors have now collected more than 155,000 cubic yards of vegetative and construction and demolition (C&D) debris in Emerald Isle, and continue to operate with 10 crews.  

Please make sure all construction and demolition debris and vegetative debris from your property is placed at the street edge no later than the end of the day this Sunday, October 28 to insure that your debris is collected by the Town's contractor (at no charge to you). 
Property owners who still need to gather debris on their property are encouraged to use this upcoming weekend to place your debris at the street edge.  

Please note that the Town's contractors will continue to collect debris in Emerald Isle after October 28 until all debris is collected, however, it is important for our residents, property owners, and businesses to get all debris to the street edge so we can bring this process to completion in the near future.  The Town will make a final announcement sometime after October 28 indicating that all debris collection activities will cease on a certain date (yet to be determined).  After this (yet to be determined) date, debris collection and disposal will become the practical and financial responsibility of the property owner.     

Important Debris Instructions

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process, 
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and 
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town's contractors are working hard to collect all Florence debris - it's just A LOT of debris to collect!  No streets have been forgotten, nor will be forgotten, and the Town's contractors will collect all debris placed before the established deadline.  Thank you for your patience!

Town's Debris Contractors To Begin Beach Work Soon

The Town's debris contractors initially planned to remove consolidated piles of debris from the beach strand at the base of the dunes at the beginning of October, but have experienced several delays due to mechanical issues in the past few weeks.  Town staff continue to emphasize the need for the contractor to resolve these issues, and the need to begin and complete beach strand debris collection as soon as possible.  

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - Saturday, October 27, 8 am - 1 pm

The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. 

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer, and pesticides.

Items not accepted include:  commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste. 

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

FEMA Individual Assistance Available to Qualifying Residents and Businesses

Permanent residents of Emerald Isle may qualify for direct assistance with temporary housing needs, repairs, and debris removal expenses, and may also qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  Second home owners and businesses in Emerald Isle may qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  To learn more and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ . 

Beach Nourishment Bids Due November 20

The Town's engineers, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, have released the bid solicitation for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  Construction bids are due on Tuesday, November 20, and the Town is hopeful that 3 bids will be received.  If fewer than 3 bids are received, NC law will require the Town to re-advertise for an additional period of time, after which any bids may be opened and considered.  Assuming a reasonable bid, the Board may award a construction contract in December, with work beginning sometime in early 2019.  

This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  A new ~ 25 ft. wide dune will be constructed in this area, and the flat beach berm will be widened by an additional 40 - 60 feet.  Dune vegetation will also be planted as part of this project.    

If the Town does not receive reasonable bids in November, it is likely that this project will be delayed until winter 2019-2020 and combined with a larger project that would also include central and western Emerald Isle.  

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $40 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost from the Town's 12 miles of ocean beach during Hurricane Florence. 

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:07:00 PM Categories: News

FLORENCE DEBRIS COLLECTION NEARING COMPLETION, PLEASE PLACE DEBRIS AT STREET EDGE BY OCTOBER 28 

 

Update #31 - Thursday, October 18 - 1 pm

Additional Hurricane Florence Updates as Warranted

This update is a periodic update on the Town's recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Florence.  Additional updates will be distributed periodically as new information becomes available that may be helpful to our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors.  

Please note that the official information from the Town of Emerald Isle is always posted at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/  (click on "Latest News" in the bottom left hand corner of the main page), and the most recent post regarding Florence contains accurate information.  As additional information becomes available that is new, different, or updated, it will be distributed through all of the Town's digital platforms and posted on the Town's website.

Please Place Florence Debris at Street Edge by Sunday, October 28

The Town's debris contractors are approximately 80% complete, and we are hopeful that all debris will be collected from Town streets by November 1.  The Town's contractor is currently operating with a total of 10 trucks in Emerald Isle. 

Please make sure all construction and demolition debris and vegetative debris from your property is placed at the street edge no later than the end of the day on Sunday, October 28 to insure that your debris is collected by the Town's contractor (at no charge to you). Out-of-town property owners who still need to gather debris on their property are encouraged to use these next two weekends to place your debris at the street edge.  

The Town's debris contractors have collected more than 132,000 cubic yards of debris associated with Florence.  To put this in perspective, this equates to 5,500 loads of debris

in one of the Town's typical yard debris collection trucks.  The Town's Public Works Department averages approximately 1,000 loads for an entire year

As reported in previous updates, Emerald Isle residents who do not want to wait for the Town's contractor to collect debris from the street edge may transport their own debris to a temporary disposal site at Western Park off Old NC 58 in Cedar Point.  Additionally, Carteret County has now established a procedure for your personal contractor to deliver your personal debris to the County's temporary disposal site on NC 58 near Peletier Loop Road, however, the property owner must complete the form in the following link and have the contractor present the form when disposing of debris  -  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/vegetative-storm-debris-self-haul-form.pdf .  Please note that there is no disposal fee at the County's temporary disposal site, so your personal contractor should not be charging you a fee for disposal.

For street edge collection by the Town's contractor, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner by adhering to the following instructions: 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process, 
  • do not dispose of household hazardous waste at the street edge, and 
  • please note that it is illegal to burn debris within the Town.  

Please be mindful of your neighbors, and place your debris on the street right-of-way in front of your own property, and not on your neighbor's property.  Also, please do not transport your debris to another neighborhood simply because you are impatient, and consider how you would feel if others brought their debris to your neighborhood.  Additionally, DO NOT take debris to Town facilities, as these facilities are being used and/or will soon be used by others in our community for their intended purpose. 

The Town's contractors are working hard to collect all Florence debris - it's just A LOT of debris to collect!  No streets have been forgotten, nor will be forgotten, and the Town's contractors will get to your street.  Thank you for your patience!

Town's Debris Contractors Working to Remove Beach Debris

The Town's debris contractors initially planned to remove consolidated piles of debris from the beach strand at the base of the dunes at the beginning of October, but were delayed due to mechanical issues.  These issues are nearly resolved, and the contractors expect to begin collection of consolidated piles in the next few days.   

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled for October 27

The Coastal Environmental Partnership has rescheduled the household hazardous waste and electronics collection day for Carteret County for Saturday, October 27 from 8 am to 1 pm.  The drop-off site is the Carteret County Health Department, located at 3820 Bridges Street in Morehead City. 

Emerald Isle residents can dispose of the following items:  latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil, antifreeze, batteries, lawn and garden fertilizer, and pesticides.

Items not accepted include:  commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological, or radioactive waste. 

Please visit the following link for more information:  http://www.cepnc.org/hazardous-waste.html .

FEMA Individual Assistance Available to Qualifying Residents and Businesses

Permanent residents of Emerald Isle may qualify for direct assistance with temporary housing needs, repairs, and debris removal expenses, and may also qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  Second home owners and businesses in Emerald Isle may qualify for low-interest loans to assist with Florence impacts.  To learn more and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ . 

 

Town Staff Working Hard to Get EI Back to Normal

Town staff continue to work hard to clean up and complete necessary repairs after Florence. In addition to the other significant items included in this update, some of the key efforts include the following:

  • Town staff have replaced a critical section of storm water pipe in the Cape Emerald subdivision.  This pipe drains the entire Coast Guard Road ocean side between Pebble Beach and Ocean Oaks.
  • Town staff have made great progress on the NC 58 corridor, and are very close to restoring this area to park-like status.  The Town takes great pride in the appearance of our beautiful community!
  • Town staff are currently working to secure contractors to complete tree removal and clean-up activities in Emerald Isle Woods Park, McLean-Spell Park, and other Town parks.
  • Town staff continue to collect all damaged appliances from the street edge throughout the Town.  

Town Seeking Beach Nourishment Bids

The Town, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Indian Beach, will be releasing a bid solicitation later this week for the nourishment of approximately 3 miles of ocean beach in eastern Emerald Isle.  

This project covers the same area previously planned for nourishment this winter (between the Indian Beach town limits and the 3000 block; before Florence impacted Emerald Isle), but the scope now includes the replacement of the approximately 617,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence. 

Bids will be received just prior to Thanksgiving, and if the bid prices are reasonable, the Town will award a contract and likely begin construction around the beginning of 2019.  The Town will be seeking reimbursement from FEMA for these expenses.

The Town, in conjunction with Carteret County and the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, will also be working toward a larger beach nourishment project to replace additional Florence sand losses during the winter of 2019-2020.  Due to permitting issues, contractor availability, FEMA issues, and project logistics, the earliest that the Town can proceed with beach nourishment in central and western Emerald Isle is the winter of 2019-2020.    

In total, the Town is seeking approximately $40 million from FEMA and the NC Division of Emergency Management to replace approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Florence.  The Town expects a decision from FEMA on this reimbursement in the coming months. 

Beach Driving Permitted from 7 am - 7 pm Only

Due to the presence of many consolidated debris piles along the dune escarpment, the presence of numerous "gullies" on the beach strand, and the narrow width of the beach strand in certain areas at high tide, the Town is allowing beach driving during daylight hours only until further notice.  Beach driving is currently permitted from 7 am - 7 pm only.  A decision to revert back to the normal 5 am - 9 pm hours will be considered after all debris is removed from the beach strand.

Comprehensive Summary of Hurricane Florence Impacts, Status of Recovery Efforts Available Online

A summary report outlining the Town's response to Hurricane Florence, the known impacts to Town facilities and infrastructure, recovery efforts, and ideas for consideration in planning for future storm events was presented to the Board of Commissioners at the October 9 meeting.  A copy of this report is available for public viewing at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-10-09-2018-Item-14 . 

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:

- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ , 

- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC

- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle

- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , 

- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or

- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:24:00 PM Categories: News
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