Emerald Tidings

July 2013

  1. July 4th Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier!
  2. FY 13-14 Budget Adopted by Board of Commissioners
  3. Town Proceeding with Community Improvements Package
  4. Follow the Town of Emerald Isle on Twitter
  5. NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Construction Underway
  6. Update - New Recycling Containers
  7. Emerald Isle Triathlon - October 19, 2013

July 4th Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier!

The Town of Emerald Isle and Bogue Inlet Pier are pleased to present July 4th fireworks over the ocean!  The show starts at 9:00 pm, and will be visible all along the oceanfront!

Please also plan to join us for the EmeraldFest outdoor concert at the Western Ocean Regional Access (off Islander Drive) from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm.  Selah Dubb will perform!  

FY 13-14 Budget Adopted by Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners recently adopted the FY 13-14 Town budget after more than 4 months of discussion, analysis, and review.  The total budget is $8.97 million, an increase of not quite 1% over the  FY 12-13 adopted budget. 

The FY 13-14 budget does include a 1-cent increase in the General Fund tax rate - from the current 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed value to 12.5 cents.  The 1-cent increase is completely associated with the 2013 "community improvements package" (see next article), and will generate nearly $300,000 that will be earmarked for debt service associated with the projects included in the "community improvements package".  All other Town operations are funded by the current 11.5 cent General Fund tax rate. 

The FY 13-14 budget is a responsible plan that will enable the Town to maintain and enhance the quality of Town services.  In addition to the "community improvements package", the FY 13-14 budget places a priority on adequate Fire apparatus, the appearance of the NC 58 corridor and other Town facilities, and the need to maintain timely collection of yard debris.  

The annual solid waste fee charged only to developed residential properties will increase by $5.  All other Town fees remain unchanged.  The special district property tax rates for future beach nourishment activities also remain unchanged at 4.5 cents for oceanfront and inlet-front properties, and 1.5 cents for all others.

To view the entire FY 13-14 budget, and a PowerPoint summary, please visit   http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/townbudget.htm .  

Town Proceeding with "Community Improvements Package"

Bicycle Path, Storm Water, and Recreation Improvements Planned 

After an extensive campaign to solicit public input, the Board of Commissioners approved the 2013 "community improvements package", debt financing plan, and associated 1-cent General Fund tax rate increase in June as part of the FY 13-14 budget. 

The Board discussed this issue at 4 regular meetings and 3 special meetings between January and June, received numerous meaningful public comments at these meetings and around the community, and received several hundred emails.  After considering this input, with approximately 70% of respondents in favor of the plan for the "community improvements package, the Board voted to approve the "community improvements package".  Importantly, and directly resulting from the input received, the Board also established a "sunset provision" for the 1-cent tax increase such that it will expire at the end of 10 years or when the debt is fully retired, whichever occurs first. 

The total cost of the projects included in the "community improvements package" is $2.65 million, to be financed over a 10 year period.  The 1-cent property tax increase will generate approximately $300,000 per year to service the debt.  Projects to be funded include the following:

  • completion of the NC 58 bicycle path from Fairfax Drive to the Indian Beach town limits,
  • completion of the Coast Guard Road bicycle path from Dolphin Ridge to Ring Street at The Pointe,
  • installation of a fixed storm water line from the existing storm water pump at The Pointe to the Emerald Isle Woods receiving site,
  • installation of a fixed storm water pipe from existing storm water pumps in Lands End to connect to the Emerald Isle Woods receiving site,
  • construction of an expansion of the Community Center to provide more room for the aerobics program and weight room, and
  • installation of new playground equipment at Blue Heron Park (behind the Police Station). 

The Town will be working hard to complete these projects during the fall, winter, and spring 2013-14, with a goal of completion prior to the 2014 tourism season. 

We look forward to completing these projects, which are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for our residents, enhancing the attractiveness of the community for retirement and second home owners, and enhancing the Town's competitiveness in the tourism market. 

Follow the Town of Emerald Isle on Twitter

The Town is always seeking new ways to reach our residents, property owners, and visitors, and is now expanding our presence on Twitter.  The Town will be sending out brief messages each day about items of interest in the community, and more frequently during emergency conditions (i.e., hurricanes).  Please follow us  @townemeraldisle , and tell your family and friends!   

NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Construction Underway

As reported earlier this year, the Town has been planning a new 0.4 mile segment of the NC 58 bicycle path from Hurst Drive to Fairfax Road over the past several months.  Construction finally began on June 17, and the contractor is making good progress.  

Work is expected to be complete by late July or early August, and Town staff and the contractor will be working hard to minimize impacts on our residents and visitors in the construction area.  We look forward to expanding the bicycle path network to this area of Emerald Isle! 

Update - New Recycling Containers

Unfortunately, the Town's recycling container manufacturer continues to experience significant problems at its manufacturing plant, and has still not been able to deliver new roll-out recycling containers to Emerald Isle.  The manufacturer recently informed the Town that the new containers should arrive later in July, and the containers will be available at Sound ACE Hardware at that time. 

The Town has been incredibly patient with the manufacturer because they are the sole manufacturer of this style of container that is used by the vast majority of property owners in Emerald Isle, and because we believe this container performs better for Emerald Isle's specific needs and environment.  

The Town recognizes that our property owners simply can not obtain the new containers, and will not take any enforcement actions for non-compliant recycling containers until later this year in order to provide ample time for property owners to purchase the new containers.  We AGAIN apologize for any inconvenience, and AGAIN thank you for your patience and cooperation on this issue.   

Emerald Isle Triathlon - October 19, 2013

The 10th annual Emerald Isle Triathlon will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 am at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  Competitors will complete a 750 meter ocean swim, 19.3 km bicycle ride, and 5 km run.  Start your training program now, and bring your family and friends for the whole weekend!  For more information, please visit  http://beta.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/triathlon/emerald-isle-triathlon-2013-8037 .

Posted by VC3 Admin Monday, July 1, 2013 11:44:00 AM