Emerald Tidings

July 2011

  1. Fundraising Effort Launched for Planned Emerald Isle Veterans Memorial
  2. Dog Park Fundraising Effort Underway
  3. Storm Water Pump Station To Be Added at The Point
  4. Emerald Isle Woods Emergency Storm Water Discharge Completed
  5. Beach Jive After Five Concert Series
  6. Update - NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension
  7. FY 11-12 Town Budget Adopted
  8. Emerald Isle Maintains Low Tax Rate
  9. Additional Honor Flight Planned for September 21

Fundraising Effort Launched for Planned Emerald Isle Veterans Memorial

The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Association, Inc. (EIPRA), a Town- appointed, non-profit entity that holds title to a portion of the land on which the new public boating access area is located, recently approved plans for the construction of an Emerald Isle Veterans Memorial at the new public boating access area.

The new memorial will honor veterans of all branches of our armed forces, and will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made to preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy.  Emerald Isle is home to many former and current service members, and we are proud of our military men and women.

A fundraising goal of $20,000 has been established for the new memorial, which will be located in a highly visible area right near the boat launching ramps.  To learn more, or to make a contribution to the memorial, please contact EIPRA member Bernie Whalley at berniewhalley@yahoo.com or 252-354-2804, or Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-6350.

Dog Park Fundraising Effort Underway

Town staff are also working with the non-profit Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Association, Inc. and other proponents on the future construction of a dog park in Emerald Isle.  The future dog park would provide a place for dogs to run free in a controlled environment, and also allow for social interaction for dogs and their owners.

The proposed site for the new dog park is located on remaining land in the far northeastern corner of the new public boating access area.  Project proponents are currently soliciting contributions to help make the new dog park a reality in the future.  Planned improvements include the construction of fencing, water service, park amenities, and other features.

To learn more, or to make a contribution to the fundraising effort, please contact Karen Carpenter at sweetspotei@gmail.com or 252-354-6201 or Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-6350.  Donations are also being accepted at The Sweet Spot on Emerald Drive near Bogue Inlet Drive.  

Storm Water Pump Station To Be Added at The Point

The Town is planning to add a new fixed storm water pump station at the corner of Island Circle and Coast Guard Road in The Point neighborhood later this year.  The new storm water pump station will help to relieve chronic storm water flooding in this area after significant rainfall events, and will be designed to draw both storm water and groundwater.

The new pump station will be similar to the Town's previous storm water pump stations installed in Deer Horn Dunes, Sea Dunes, and Spinnakers Reach.  These pump stations have worked very well in previous storm water flooding events, and we expect the new pump station at Island Circle to provide meaningful relief in this area in the future.

The Town will initially construct the new fixed pump station with a special connection for temporary hose.  The temporary hose will be connected as-needed and the discharge will be directed to acceptable locations available at that time.  The Town intends to eventually connect the new pump station to the Emerald Isle Woods discharge site in the future as funds become available to construct a fixed pipe line.     The new pump station is being funded by capital reserve funds currently available in the Town's budget and specifically earmarked for storm water improvements.

Emerald Isle Woods Emergency Storm Water Discharge Completed

The Town's contractor recently completed a new emergency storm water discharge from wetlands in Emerald Isle Woods Park to the adjacent Bogue Sound marsh, and this emergency discharge will be available when needed in the future.

The new emergency discharge will enable the Town to better control wetland levels in Emerald Isle Woods Park, which serves as the receiving site for storm water pumped from various locations along the Coast Guard Road corridor.  Storm water and ground water is pumped from various locations to Emerald Isle Woods Park, where it is treated in several natural upland and wetland areas.  The new emergency discharge greatly increases the receiving capacity of the site for the Town's existing pump stations, and also enables the Town to move forward with future plans to connect future storm water pump stations at Island Circle and in Lands End to the Emerald Isle Woods site.

The new emergency discharge will only be activated if / when Bogue Sound is closed to shellfishing and appropriate communication occurs with State agencies.  Bogue Sound is typically closed to shellfishing for several days after the typical rainfall events that cause storm water flooding in Emerald Isle.   

Beach Jive After Five Concert Series

The Town offers free outdoor concerts at the Western Ocean Regional Access (located off Islander Drive) each month during the summer on the third Thursday from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. 

The concert lineup for the rest of 2011 is as follows:

Thursday, July 21 - BLIND HOG  

Thursday, August 18 - WILD HONEY

Thursday, September 15 - DAVID DIXON

Please come out and join us for some great music in a great setting!  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets!

Update - NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension

After unexpected delays, work on the NC 58 bicycle path extension between Ocean Drive and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access is finally expected to begin in mid-July.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, we expect this work to be complete by the end of August. 

This 1,000 ft. long extension is funded primarily by a grant from the NC Department of Transportation, and represents another small step toward the eventual realization of the Town's goal to extend the NC 58 bicycle path to the Indian Beach town line.  

FY 11-12 Town Budget Adopted

The Board of Commissioners adopted the Town's FY 11-12 budget at their meeting on June 14.  The budget includes a frugal spending plan, a revenue-neutral General Fund tax rate of 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, and also includes new, lower special district taxes to fund the Town's future beach nourishment activities.  A copy of the adopted budget is available at www.emeraldisle-nc.org

Emerald Isle Maintains Low Tax Rate

The Town's FY 11-12 General Fund tax rate of 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation is the 3rd lowest General Fund tax rate among the 21 NC oceanfront municipalities.

Additional Honor Flight Planned for September 21

Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina (SENC), which serves veterans in eastern North Carolina, is proud to be a part of the Honor Flight Network.  A non-profit program operated entirely by volunteers, Honor Flight of SENC is based in Wilmington, NC and, to date has successfully planned and executed two trips to Washington, DC from New Bern, NC so World War II veterans can visit their World War II Memorial and other memorials. 

There is absolutely no cost to the veteran and they will be accompanied on the day of the trip by understanding guardians who will assist with any medical or mobility needs.  As Honor Flight of SENC prepares for its third trip on September 21, 2011, they need applications from WWII veterans who are interested in making this one-day, trip of a lifetime.  Please go to this link to complete, print and submit a veteran application form.  

http://www.honorflightsenc.org/Forms/Veteran_Application_SENC.pdf

For additional information, or to receive forms by mail, call 910-874-VETS (8387).

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
Posted by Frank Rush Friday, July 1, 2011 4:10:00 PM

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