DATE:              July 5, 2019

TO:                   Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:             Matt Zapp, Town Manager

SUBJECT:       Comments from Town Manager - (Monthly Statistical Report)

Onboarding/ Managerial Transition- June 12-26, 2019

Interim Town Manager Randy Martin was extremely helpful in assisting with the transition of the Town Manager’s office.  Randy, along with the entire staff, have been welcoming throughout the process.

Throughout my first 90-days as Town Manager, an intentional goal is to meet with stakeholders in Emerald Isle, Carteret County and associated state/federal offices. Please assist me by identifying additional Points of Contact (POC) or agencies that require my immediate attention. 

Islander Drive- Redevelopment & Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements

Interim Manager Randy Martin called a meeting (6/26/19) with A-Team Enterprises to discuss next steps for the planned mixed-use project on Islander Drive.  In attendance were Samer Hamad, Bill Brown, Town Planner Josh Edmondson, Randy Martin and myself. 

A-Team Enterprises was provided the extended development agreement timeline, approved by the Board on June 11, 2019.  At this time, Town staff has reached out to Ark Consulting (Greenville, NC) and Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative to establish the current status of the public infrastructure design plans.  Once secure, we will share our findings with the Board.

NOTE- Utility easements will be needed from select property owners to move forward with underground power service in the project area. 

The inaugural Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament- Saturday, September 21, 2019

Town staff continue planning efforts for the inaugural Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament, scheduled for September 21, 2019.  The Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament will be held at the NC Wildlife Public Boat Ramp in Emerald Isle and includes three separate divisions: King and Spanish Mackerel, Surf and Kayak. There will also be contests for the kids, a silent auction, and other activities.

Please visit the official tournament website for all additional details.

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival – Saturday, September 28

Town staff continue planning efforts for the 4th annual re-boot of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on the beach at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses should contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director.

Golf Cart Advisory Committee

On June 18, 2019, I attended my first Golf Cart Advisory Committee meeting. Police Chief Reese and I will work with the Golf Cart Advisory Committee to continue identifying options to safely maneuver golf cart users along Coast Guard Road to other areas of Town. 

Any recommendation(s) by the Golf Cart Advisory Committee, related to construction, will be formally presented to the Board of Commissioners for consideration and public input. 

LED Lighting Poles- Town Banner Program

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is waiting upon the delivery of poles to begin installation of the new decorative street light program along Emerald Isle Drive.  Once the new foundations, light poles and fixture heads are installed, the Town will be able to begin hanging decorative banners on the new poles.    

NC 58 Bridge Project- Guardrails and Parking

Guardrail Improvements: NCDOT contract work continues on the Emerald Isle bridge.  The current rail height on Emerald Isle bridge is 28 inches above the roadway and doesn’t meet the current AASHTO Design Guidelines for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.   In part of the bridge preservation project, it was decided to integrate pedestrian and bicycle safety into the project by adding a standard 2 bar metal rail.   The post used on the 2 bar metal rail system has a standard height of 24 inches, which will increase the height of the existing rail from 28 to 52 inches above the roadway/bridge surface.

Illegal Parking:  In June, Town staff received complaints regarding private vehicles parking at the base of the bridge.  We forwarded the information to NCDOT.   In an effort to assist, NCDOT installed temporary construction fences in the area.  Division 2 staff also installed “Official Use Only” signs, indicating that it is unacceptable to park along the bridge approach and/or in the ROW areas. 

We will provide additional updates as the project continues.