Emerald Tidings

November 2009

  1. Open House - New Town Administration Building
  2. Town Receives Honorable Mention for "Bicycle-Friendly Community" Award
  3. Please Recycle
  4. Oyster Shell Recycling Center Established
  5. Town Receives "Advanced" Green Challenge Designation
  6. Emerald Isle is now on Twitter!
  7. Don't Miss the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade
  8. PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building

Open House - New Town Administration Building

Tuesday, November 10 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm   The Town will host an Open House at the new Town Administration Building on Tuesday, November 10 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm.  The public is invited to drop by and tour the new building during this time, and also talk with Town officials about any issues or concerns.  Light snacks and refreshments will be available.   

Town Receives Honorable Mention for "Bicycle-Friendly Community" Award

The League of American Bicyclists recently announced its 2009 list of "Bicycle-Friendly Communities", and Emerald Isle is proud to have been awarded an Honorable Mention.   

The Town continues to make a strong effort to promote bicycling as an alternative form of transportation and healthy recreational activity.  The Town has completed 2.4 miles of new dedicated bicycle path in the past 5 years, and and will begin construction of an additional 2 miles later this fall.  These projects, along with many other efforts to promote bicycling in recent years, led to this great accomplishment.

The Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee took the lead to secure this award, and the Committee continues to work hard to promote bicycle initiatives in Emerald Isle.  The Mayor, Board of Commissioners and Town staff all remain committed to enhancing the Town's bicycle path system, and the Town will continue to strive for a full "Bicycle-Friendly Community" designation in the future.  A full designation is very competitive, with only 124 communities nationwide receiving this recognition.

Please Recycle!

Aluminum cans and plastic bottles now banned from NC landfills

The Town encourages all of our residents, property owners, and visitors to recycle!  The Town offers curbside collection of recyclables every Wednesday, year-round, throughout the Town. 

State law prohibits the disposal of aluminum and plastic in the landfill, and recycling is the only legal way to dispose of these items.  The Town also collects glass bottles, newspapers, office paper, and cardboard for recycling. 

Permanent residents and second home owners may use 18-gallon open containers for recycling, however, the use of larger roll-out containers is encouraged.  The open 18-gallon containers can be purchased at the Town Administration Building. 

Vacation rental homes are required to use a minimum of one 40-gallon roll-out recycling container, and more if necessary to properly contain recyclables.  Roll-out containers can be purchased at Sound Ace Hardware in Emerald Isle and at other area retailers.

The different types of recyclable items may be co-mingled in the recycling container, and are manually separated at the recycling facility.

Please do your part to recycle!  The Town collects and disposes of approximately 3,500 tons of residential trash annually, and approximately 500 tons of recyclables annually.  The more we can recycle, the more we can reduce our disposal costs!

For more information about recycling, visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/faq.htm#recycling or contact Town staff at 252-354-3424.

Oyster Shell Recycling Center Established

The NC Oyster Shell Recycling Program has established the first oyster shell collection site on Bogue Banks in Emerald Isle!   The new oyster shell recycling location is at the Western Ocean Regional Access off of Islander Drive in Emerald Isle.  There are labeled collection bins where people can take their oyster shells.  Shells are collected weekly from the sites and are used in oyster restoration projects.    For more information on the NC Oyster Shell Recycling Program, please visit http://www.ncfisheries.net/shellfish/recycle1.htm .  

Town Receives "Advanced" Green Challenge Designation

For the past year, the Town has been participating in the NC League of Municipalities' Green Challenge, a program designed to promote "green" practices by NC cities and towns.  The Town was recently awarded the "advanced" level designation for its past, present, and planned environmentally-friendly initiatives. 

The Town's involvement in the Green Challenge has been championed by Mayor Schools.  A staff-level committee co-chaired by Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, and Kelly Gamble, Town Administrative Assistant, has led the Town's efforts and continues to be very active.  Over the past year, the committee has focused primarily on improving energy efficiency in Town operations and facilities and promoting recycling efforts.  The Town was recognized for these new efforts, but also for many past and present initiatives, including the Town's low-density development patterns, dunes and vegetation preservation ordinance, comprehensive storm water management program, bicycle path and sidewalk projects, curbside recycling program, and park projects.   

The Town was proud to receive this designation, and will continue our efforts to keep Emerald Isle "clean and green for the future".  We look forward to more progress in the future!

Emerald Isle is now on Twitter!

The Town always strives to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed about Town issues and activities, and is now posting new information on Twitter.  Sign up today to follow us at www.twitter.com

Don't Miss the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 28 at 4 pm - NC 58   The 6th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association and the Town, will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 4 pm.  The parade route is along NC 58 from Mangrove Drive (near CVS Pharmacy) to Black Skimmer Drive (near the Town Government complex).    Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas Tree Lighting at Merchant's Park!  Enjoy free refreshments, as well as a holiday caroling sing-a-long as Santa Claus visits with the children. Please contact Diane Schools at 252-354-2916 or dschools@ec.rr.com for more info! 

PRICE REDUCED! - Old EMS Station Building - 218 Cedar Street

The Town is currently offering the old EMS station property for sale as a residential dwelling, and the asking price has been reduced to $397,500.  A detailed property listing, including photos, is available for viewing at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/forsale.htm .    The Town has recently completed several interior renovations to improve the interior appearance and functionality of the building.       For more information, please contact Town Manager Frank Rush at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Sunday, November 1, 2009 7:31:00 AM