Emerald Tidings

September 2012

  1. Mayor Schools Set to Become President of NC League of Municipalities
  2. Beach Nourishment Project on Track
  3. Bogue Inlet in Good Shape; Limited Funding for 2013
  4. Yard Debris Collection Procedures
  5. Please Make Sure You Have Adequate Trash and Recycling Containers
  6. Support the Coast Guard Road Multi-Use Path!
  7. Beach Driving Season to Begin
  8. NC 58 Bridge Work Planned for Late 2012 / Early 2013
  9. How Lucky We Are.....

Mayor Schools Set to Become President of NC League of Municipalities

In addition to his hard work for the Town of Emerald Isle and other regional organizations, Mayor Art Schools is set to become the President of the NC League of Municipalities, a state-wide municipal advocacy and service organization.  The NC League of Municipalities has more than 540 member cities and towns from all over North Carolina, including big cities and small towns.

The NC League of Municipalities was formed in 1908, and advocates for municipalities at the state and federal level, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among municipal officials, promotes excellence and efficiency in municipal government, and provides services and information that will help municipal officials meet the needs of their citizens.  Emerald Isle has benefited greatly from the NC League of Municipalities' efforts over the years, and is proud to have Mayor Schools leading this fine organization in 2013.

Mayor Schools will be formally installed as the President at the NC League of Municipalities annual meeting in Charlotte in October.  Congratulations to Mayor Schools!  

Beach Nourishment Project On Track

The Town's planned beach nourishment project is on track for construction this winter, and the Town's contractor will place approximately 676,000 cubic yards of sand along approximately 4.1 miles of beach.  Construction bids are expected in October, and construction is expected to begin in early 2013.

Assuming that construction bids come in within budget, the beach will be nourished between 5th Street and Pier Pointe in eastern Emerald Isle, and also between Myrtle Drive and Ocean Oaks Drive in western Emerald Isle.  These areas were selected after careful review by the Town's engineers, County officials, and Town officials, and are the areas most impacted by Hurricane Irene in August 2011 and that have the greatest overall need of the Town's 12 miles of beach.  The project will be funded by a combination of FEMA funding, County funding, and Town funding.

Regular updates will be posted at www.emeraldisle-nc.org when the project is initiated.  The Town is committed to beach nourishment as our preferred strategy for addressing beach erosion, and is pleased to construct this project this winter.  The project will provide important storm protection for oceanfront properties and public infrastructure, and will also widen the recreational beach.       

Bogue Inlet in Good Shape; Limited Funding for 2013 Dredging

The US Coast Guard recently reinstalled buoys across the ocean bar in Bogue Inlet, and the US Army Corps of Engineers continues touch-up dredging in Bogue Inlet.  The inlet is currently in good shape for fall fishing season!

There are no Federal funds appropriated for maintenance dredging in Bogue Inlet in 2013, however, a total of approximately $350,000 of State and local funds from previous appropriations are being held in reserve.  These funds will likely be sufficient to meet navigation dredging needs for most of 2013, and State, County, and Town officials continue efforts to secure long term funding for Bogue Inlet.

Efforts are also underway in response to reports that the US Army Corps of Engineers is considering retiring its lone sidecast dredge, the Merritt, that is used to keep Bogue Inlet and other southern NC coastal inlets open.   


Yard Debris Collection Procedures

The Town operates a curbside yard debris collection program for the convenience of our developed residential property owners.  The program is extremely popular, and Town staff collected yard debris from more than 5,000 locations between July 2011 and June 2012. 

Yard debris is collected upon request on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please call Town Administration at 252-354-3424 or email yardwaste@emeraldisle-nc.org to have your property address added to our list.  Please note that yard debris will generally be collected in the order requested on a rolling basis each day of the week.  In most cases, yard debris will be collected within one week of scheduling, however, during certain high volume times of the year it may take as long as two weeks for collection.  Town staff work hard to collect all debris as quickly as possible, and your patience is greatly appreciated.

Please adhere to the following guidelines to improve the efficiency and safety of our yard debris collection staff:

  • do not bag loose leaves; please assemble in neat piles,
  • please avoid placing piles too close to mailboxes, fences, etc.,
  • please avoid placing piles directly underneath overhead power lines (these can interfere with the boom on the truck), and
  • please limit the length of tree limbs to 8 feet or less.

Please Make Sure You Have Adequate Trash and Recycling Containers

Town residents, property owners, and Town staff all work hard to keep Emerald Isle looking its best!  Please help us keep the Town looking good by making sure you have adequate trash and recycling containers to serve your property. 

Town ordinances require all properties to provide sufficient container volume for the amount of trash generated.  Permanent residents are required to have a minimum of one 65-gallon or 90-gallon roll-out container, while all vacation rental properties are required to have a minimum of one 90-gallon roll-out container for each 3 bedrooms in the home.  These are minimum requirements, and all properties that need more should add more. 

Recycling continues to increase in popularity, and the Town has seen a steady increase in the volume of recyclables collected in recent years.  Town ordinances also require all properties to provide sufficient container volume for the amount of recyclables generated.  Permanent residents are required to have a minimum of one 18-gallon bin or 40-gallon roll-out container, and the larger 40-gallon roll-out containers or 90-gallon roll-out recycling containers are recommended.  All vacation rental properties are required to have a minimum of one 40-gallon roll-out container or 90-gallon roll-out container.  We continue to experience more instances of overflowing recycling containers for vacation rental properties, and encourage all vacation rental owners to utilize 90-gallon roll-out recycling containers.  Again, all properties that need more container volume should add more. 

In addition, it has now been more than 9 years since the Town implemented the roll-out container service, and some roll-out containers are nearing the end of their useful lives.  Please make sure your containers are in good working order - to insure the efficiency of the Town's collection personnel, and to maintain a neat and attractive appearance.  Sound Ace Hardware at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center offers new roll-out trash and recycling containers that are compatible with the Town's collection vehicles.

Support the Coast Guard Road Multi-Use Path!

The Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee continues its active fundraising efforts to extend the Coast Guard Road multi-use path.  The next segment is from Ocean Oaks Drive to Dolphin Ridge / Royall Oaks, with an estimated cost of $100,000. 

The Committee's fundraising goal for the next segment is $50,000, and the Town intends to match this amount to enable construction of the new segment.  The Committee currently has more than $30,000 in hand toward their $50,000 goal, and is working hard!  For more information, or to make a contribution, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eipath/ .

Beach Driving Season To Begin

Beach driving season begins again on September 15, and will continue through April 30.  A permit is required, and can be obtained at the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.  For complete information about beach driving, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/beachdrivingpage.htm .

NC 58 Bridge Work Planned for Late 2012 / Early 2013

The NC Department of Transportation is planning to complete major repair work on the NC 58 bridge to extend the life of the bridge for an additional 30 - 40 years or more.  The work involves the repair of all joints and concrete decking, and will require bridge lane closures later this year and early next year.  

NCDOT is soliciting construction bids, and will select a contractor in the coming weeks.  More details will be available in the coming weeks, but tentative plans include the closure of one lane of traffic on the bridge on weekdays only (24 hours per day) from mid / late October to mid- March, with weekday nighttime closures (12 hours per day) from mid-March to mid-May.  No lane closures are expected during weekends or holidays. 

The Town has worked closely with NCDOT, and will continue to do so, in an attempt to minimize inconvenience for our residents and visitors and also to communicate important information about the project.  Additional information will be posted on the Town's website at www.emeraldisle-nc.org as the project start date approaches.

How Lucky We Are......

There's no better time to be in Emerald Isle than the fall!  The water is still warm, the air temperature is absolutely perfect, and the fish are biting!  Come on down!

point sunset     

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Saturday, September 1, 2012 10:09:00 AM