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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

Public Walkway Closures Post Tropical Storm Michael 

Below is a list of post TS Michael walkway closures.

 

10th st                  Floating step posts. Steps steps springy and wobbly.

14th st                   Same as 10th st

21st interior         Uneven floated posts after Florence. Seems worse now.

Channel Dr          Partial rail and bulkhead collapse. Approximately 24’

Point                     4 to 6’ of steps completely covered with sand.

 

17th st is temporarily closed due to new vegetation down. Should be open by noon today.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 12, 2018 11:05:00 AM Categories: News

TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL MAY IMPACT EMERALD ISLE, DEBRIS COLLECTION CONTINUES, BEACH NOURISHMENT SURVEY RESULTS IN  

 

Update #30 - Tuesday, October 9 - 1:30 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.

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 will be 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 . 

Michael Could Impact Emerald Isle Later This Week

Hurricane Michael is currently forecast to make landfall along the Florida panhandle sometime on Wednesday, and is expected to continue to move north through North Carolina later this week. According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, Emerald Isle could receive tropical storm force winds (40 - 50 mph +/-) on Thursday and Friday, with 2 - 3 inches of rain currently forecast for our area.  

Obviously, more rain and high winds are the last things any of us want to see in Emerald Isle, with many structures still damaged from Florence and the water table still highly elevated.  The Town is hopeful that no new street flooding issues will occur as a result of Michael's rain, but will take delivery of 3 brand new portable storm water pumps today or tomorrow, and these pumps will be added to the 6 portable pumps the Town already owns.  These 9 pumps owned by the Town will be available for deployment if necessary.  Additionally, the Town has 4 portable rental pumps available to us immediately if necessary.  Finally, all of the Town's 12 fixed pump stations are functioning properly, and, assuming there are no significant power outages these pumps should provide flooding relief in these areas. 

We are all praying that none of these pumps will be necessary, however, Town staff will respond in any way necessary as a result of Michael.

Debris Collection Efforts Continue, More Emphasis on Construction & Demolition Debris

The Town's contractor continues to make good progress on debris collection, with approximately 90,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and approximately 10,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris collected in Emerald Isle thus far.  The contractor is approximately 75% complete with the "first pass" for vegetative debris, and the Town expects to announce the start date for the "second pass" (final pass) in the coming days.  

The Town remains hopeful that all debris collection associated with Florence will be complete by the end of October.  For those of you who have already had the contractors in your neighborhood, please be getting secondary debris together for pick up in the coming days.  For those of you who have not already had a pickup occur, thank you for your patience, and please understand that the Town's contractors are working hard to get everyone collected as soon as possible - it's just a huge job.  The contractor is currently operating with a total of 17 crews in Emerald Isle. 

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. 

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 .

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Completed This Past Friday Night

The County's contractor completed aerial mosquito spraying in many areas of Carteret County, including Emerald Isle, this past Friday night.  The Town greatly appreciates these efforts, and believes they have been helpful in reducing the mosquito population. 

Town staff will continue to monitor the mosquito population, and will perform ground spraying as warranted in the coming days.

Beach Nourishment Survey Results In

Coastal engineers have completed their analysis of beach erosion in Emerald Isle as a result of Hurricane Florence, and have determined that Emerald Isle lost approximately 2.2 million cubic yards of sand during the storm.  Fortunately, there were no breaches of the primary dune, however, nearly all smaller incipient dunes and the recreational beach strand were flattened by storm surge and wave action generated by Florence over 3+ days.  

To put this loss in perspective, the Town has placed a total of approximately 4 million cubic yards of sand on the beach in Emerald Isle via 5 previous beach nourishment projects since 2003. Although the beach is in worse condition than it was prior to Florence's arrival on September 13, it remains in better condition than it was after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and prior to the initiation of the Town's beach nourishment program in 2003.  

The Town expects to submit a claim to FEMA to replace the entire 2.2 million cubic yards of sand lost during Florence, and will be seeking approximately $40 million for this effort.  The Town (in partnership with Carteret County and other nearby towns) strictly conforms to all FEMA guidelines and should be eligible for FEMA assistance.  In fact, the Town has previously received a total of approximately $13 million for beach erosion impacts from Hurricanes Isabel, Opehlia, and Irene.  

As reported previously, the Town had been planning a significant beach nourishment project for 3 miles of beach in eastern Emerald Isle for this winter, and nearly all permits are in hand for that project. It is likely that the Town will attempt to proceed with this project this winter, and will solicit construction bids later this month.  If a reasonable bid is received, and a contract executed, it is likely that nourishment would occur sometime between January and April 2019.  If the Town can not execute a contract, this work will be delayed until late 2019 / early 2020.

The Town will be working closely with FEMA in the coming months to secure funding to replace sand lost during Florence, and it is unlikely that a final decision will be made on this issue in time to place sand in other areas of Emerald Isle this winter.  The Town will be working diligently with FEMA, Carteret County, and other nearby towns to position the Town for a very large beach nourishment project for other areas in Emerald Isle in late 2019 / early 2020.    

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. The Town's debris contractor is currently working on the beach strand to collect the consolidated debris piles, and we are hopeful this collection will be complete within the next two weeks. 

Key Town Facilities Remain Significantly Impacted

There are no steps to the beach at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, and there is no safe access to the beach strand.  The parking area and bathroom facilities are open. 

Emerald Isle Woods Park received extensive damage from Hurricane Florence, and will be closed indefinitely.     

McLean-Spell Park also received damage, and should be used at your own risk until tree debris can be removed.  

A list of beach accesses that remain open for public use after Hurricane Florence is located at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-ocean-accesses-open-post-hurricane-florence .  All other accesses not included on this list sustained damage that prevents safe use by the public, and Town staff will be working diligently to complete and/or contract for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks and months.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to make these facilities safe for public use in the coming weeks and months.  

 

Channel Markers for Public Boating Access Facility Repositioned

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission recently repositioned the channel markers in Bogue Sound that lead to the EI Public Boating Access Facility, and all known debris has been removed from the entrance channel.  The facility is open for normal use, but caution is advised when boating in this area, and everywhere in Bogue Sound, as it is likely that shoals have shifted and unknown debris may be located on the bottom in unknown areas.  

Majority of Bike Path Safe to Use

The vast majority of the NC 58 and Coast Guard Road bike path is now safe to use, with only two locations impaired.  The path has not yet been repaired on Coast Guard Road near Sea Dunes where a broken water main was repaired during the storm, and approximately 50 linear feet of the path is sand.  A small amount of standing water and debris also remains on the path near Spinnakers Reach.  Enjoy the path, but be alert and safe!  

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 9, 2018 1:24:00 PM Categories: News

Draft State Transportation Improvement Program Released, Emerald Isle Intersections Included 

 

NCDOT has released a draft of the new 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and requested intersection improvements at three Emerald Isle intersections are included.  The NC 58 / Bogue Inlet Drive intersection is again included in the new plan, with construction targeted for 2025.  The NC 58 / Coast Guard Road intersection is included, with construction targeted for 2027.  The NC 58 / Loon Drive (Emerald Plantation) intersection is also included, with construction targeted for 2028.  The NC 58 / Mangrove Drive intersection is not included in the draft plan, but there is still a chance that that intersection will also be added to the final 2020-2029 STIP later this year.

Inclusion in the STIP is the critical first step in securing State funding for future NC 58 intersection improvements, in whatever form they may ultimately take.  Without inclusion in the STIP, no improvements of any kind are likely to proceed in the future.  Although the 3 intersections are identified in the draft STIP as either mini-roundabout or roundabout improvements, NCDOT will perform significant additional analysis, consult with the Town, consult with nearby business owners, and solicit additional public input in the coming years before finalizing any specific plans for these intersections.  In the end, the actual improvements may be roundabouts, traffic signal and/or lane improvements, or perhaps no improvements at all, however, it is critical for these projects to be included in the STIP in order to have any chance at all for future NC 58 improvements. 

It is important to note that the vast majority of people in Emerald Isle are opposed to the widening of the NC 58 bridge and NC 58 because it is believed this will drastically change the character of the Town and negatively impact the Town's small-town atmosphere.  If one accepts this position, yet still wants to improve traffic flow into and out of Emerald Isle, the only remaining options are small, incremental intersection improvements.  It is obvious that the 4 signalized intersections are the primary factors causing traffic congestion, and the projects included in the draft STIP seek helpful, incremental improvements at these locations.  There are likely no "magic bullet" solutions to the Town's traffic congestion issues during peak periods, and the Town has consistently worked to identify any helpful improvements to at least promote incremental improvement in traffic flow through Emerald Isle.

One other option that is often suggested is the potential for a 3rd bridge to the mainland in the middle of Bogue Banks.  The construction of a 3rd bridge would likely be a significant enhancement for Emerald Isle, however, this project is not currently under consideration by NCDOT or any local government in Carteret County.  It is also unlikely that such a project would ever be constructed in many of our lifetimes due to significant cost, environmental hurdles, and local political issues in other municipalities. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, October 8, 2018 9:53:00 AM Categories: News

Aerial Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Friday Night 

 

Carteret County has arranged for aerial mosquito spraying in many areas of the County, including Emerald Isle, and this aerial spraying will occur this Friday night into early morning hours on Saturday.     

The pesticide that will be sprayed in Emerald Isle is Deltagard, and information about this approved product is available at the following link:  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/deltagard.pdf .  Planes will be flying approximately 300 feet above the ground surface, and will release the pesticide at approved application rates.  It is anticipated that all of Emerald Isle will be complete within a couple hours or less, sometime during the dark hours on Friday night into early Saturday morning.  

The Town is hopeful that Friday night's aerial spraying will effectively minimize the mosquito population in Emerald Isle.  If necessary, the Town will begin additional ground spraying activities in the following days and weeks.  

In addition to mosquitoes, aerial spraying is harmful to bees.  Helpful information for beekeepers is included at the following link:  http://www.colonialbeekeepers.com/index.php/education-information-mainmenu-43-43/91-protecting-bees-against-aerial-spraying . 

The Town is thankful for Governor Cooper releasing funds for mosquito spraying, and for Carteret County working to organize a larger effort in our County.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 5, 2018 2:32:00 PM Categories: News

McLean-Spell Park Bridge Under Construction 

The Town's contractor began construction of the new pedestrian bridge from the Community Center to the new McLean-Spell Park slightly before Hurricane Florence impacted Emerald Isle, however, Florence has not allowed work to continue.  The Town hopes to have the contractor complete construction of the new bridge in November, after which it will be open for public use (this schedule should also coincide with the removal of tree debris in the new park). The Town also plans to hold a special dedication ceremony for the new park later this fall or winter.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, October 5, 2018 9:20:00 AM Categories: News
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