Emerald Tidings

December 2011

  1. Emerald Isle and Other Area Local Governments Partner with State to Keep Bogue Inlet Dredged
  2. BB&T Opening New Branch in Emerald Isle!
  3. Town Planning Controlled Deer Hunt to Reduce Population
  4. Mayor Schools Elected Vice President of NC League of Municipalities
  5. Police Lieutenant Reese Completes Management Development Program
  6. EMT-Basic Class Offered at Emerald Isle EMS
  7. Town Holiday Schedule

Emerald Isle and Other Area Local Governments Partner with State to Keep Bogue Inlet Dredged

In the absence of Federal funding, the Town and other area local governments have partnered together with the State of NC to provide funding for continued navigation dredging in the Bogue Inlet connecting channel and across the ocean bar in 2012. 

The Towns of Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Cedar Point, and Cape Carteret, and Onslow County and Carteret County have collectively provided a total of $91,000 of local funds for Bogue Inlet dredging, and the State will contribute an additional $91,000 for this effort.  This total appropriation of $182,000 will be remitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers ("the Corps"), and should enable the Corps to maintain Bogue Inlet at navigable depths through the fall of 2012, and hopefully beyond.

Dredging in the Bogue Inlet connecting channel and across the ocean bar is performed several times per year on an as-needed basis by Federal government-owned sidecast dredges.  This work has historically been funded by the Federal government, however, budget challenges have resulted in no Federal appropriations for 2012.  Because the navigability and safety of Bogue Inlet is vitally important to the regional economy and quality of life, the Town led this funding effort earlier this fall.  The Town's portion of this cost is $16,000.

The Town will be working with other local governments, the State, and others to identify a more stable and reliable funding source for inlet navigation dredging in the future. 

BB&T Opening New Branch in Emerald Isle!

Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) recently informed the Town that they plan to open a new bank branch in Emerald Isle!  BB&T has reached an agreement to lease the building formerly occupied by Bank of America, which closed earlier this year.  BB&T has not set a specific opening date for the new Emerald Isle branch, but is expected to open sometime in spring 2012. 

The Town welcomes BB&T to our community!  The Town is pleased to again have a bank branch in the town, and is also pleased to have that building occupied again.  For more information about the new Emerald Isle branch, please contact the Cedar Point branch at 252-393-6789. 

Town Planning Controlled Deer Hunt to Reduce Population

In response to a significant increase in the deer population along Coast Guard Road, the Town is planning a controlled deer hunt in specific locations in January and February.  

The Town will carefully select a group of qualified and responsible bowhunters for this effort, and hunting will occur only on Town-owned properties and specifically authorized larger private properties.  All bowhunting activities will be conducted under strict supervision of the Town, and no hunting will occur on any private property that has not specifically authorized the Town's hunters.  Public safety will be the Town's top priority for this effort, and all necessary precautions will be taken by the Town's selected bowhunters. 

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission prepares an annual deer population estimate for the Town each fall, and this year's estimate is 174 deer along the Coast Guard Road corridor.  This is the highest population recorded since the Town began tracking the population in 2005, and is significantly higher than the fall 2010 estimate of approximately 102 - 108 deer.   

This is NOT an open hunting season, and hunting of any kind for any animals is ILLEGAL in Emerald Isle.  Violators will be charged by the Emerald Isle Police Department.  

The Town is NOT accepting applications from bowhunters interested in participating in the Town's controlled hunt, and will be working with official organizations to secure hunting services.  Please do not contact the Town to express your interest in hunting as part of this effort.     

For more detailed information about this issue, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CommunityNotice/CommunityNotice-deermanagementefforts.htm .   

Mayor Schools Elected Vice President of NC League of Municipalities

Mayor Art Schools was elected as Vice President of the NC League of Municipalities (NCLM) at its annual meeting in October. 

The NCLM is a membership association of more than 540 cities and towns in North Carolina.  The NCLM is a strong advocate for cities and towns before the NC General Assembly and the US Congress, and also provides valuable research, technical assistance, and direct services for NC cities and towns.  The efforts of the NCLM have been invaluable to the Town of Emerald Isle for many years. 

Mayor Schools had served as 2nd Vice President since October 2010.  By tradition and subject to annual election, NCLM officers move from 2nd Vice President to Vice President to President, and Mayor Schools is now in line to become President of NCLM in October 2012.      

Police Lieutenant Reese Completes Management Development Program

Emerald Isle Police Lieutenant Tony Reese recently completed the Management Development Program, an 11-month management and leadership development program conducted by the NC Justice Academy. 

Police Lieutenant Reese is the second Emerald Isle officer to complete this training.  Police Lieutenant Jeff Waters is a previous graduate of this program, and the Town intends to have other leadership positions in the EIPD complete this training in the future.   

EMT-Basic Class Offered at Emerald Isle EMS

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic class will be held at the Emerald Isle EMS Station from January 30, 2012 to May 10, 2012.  Classes will be held each Monday and Thursday from 6:30 pm -10:30 pm, and also some Saturday classes. 

For more information about this course, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/pdfs/EMSCourseDetail.pdf , call Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249, or call the Carteret Community College Continuing Education Department at 252-222-6000. 

Town Holiday Schedule

Town offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27.  The Community Center will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26, but will be open on Tuesday, December 27.

Town offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2 for the New Year's Day holiday.  The Community Center will be open on Monday, January 2.

Trash will NOT be collected on Monday, December 26.  Normal trash and recycling schedules will be in effect for all other days.   

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Thursday, December 1, 2011 3:35:00 PM