Emerald Tidings

May 2008

  1. FY 08-09 Recommended Budget Available for Review
  2. Town Staff Gear Up for Busy Summer Season
  3. Emerald Isle Studies Proposed E911 Center Consolidation
  4. Emerald Isle Woods Park Closed Temporarily
  5. Draft Unified Development Ordinance Available for Review
  6. EMS Brick Fundraising Campaign Underway
  7. FOR SALE - Existing EMS Station Building

Emerald Tidings, composed monthly by Town Manager Frank Rush, is the official newsletter of the Town of Emerald Isle.


FY 08-09 Recommended Budget Available For Review

Available on Town Website After May 15

The FY 08-09 Recommended Budget, prepared by the Town Manager for review and consideration by the Board of Commissioners, will be presented to the Mayor and the Board at their May 13 regular meeting. 

The FY 08-09 Recommended Budget will be available for public review at Town Hall after May 13, and will also be posted at www.emeraldisle-nc.org after May 15. 

The Board will hold several budget workshops in May and June, including a formal public hearing on the FY 08-09 budget on June 2.  The Board could adopt the FY 08-09 budget as early as the June 10 regular meeting.  By law, the Board must adopt a balanced budget no later than June 30 each year.

Town staff, the Town Manager, the Mayor, and the Board are all working hard to craft a budget that maintains high quality services, provides beneficial capital projects, and minimizes our property owners' Town tax burden. 

For more information about the FY 08-09 Recommended Budget, please contact Frank Rush, Town Manager, at 252-354-3424 or frush@emeraldisle-nc.org .

Town Staff Gear Up for Busy Summer Season!

Summer is here again, and Town staff have been busy gearing up for another terrific and busy summer season!  Everyone at the Town works hard to keep the Town looking great throughout the year, with extra effort made before the start of the season.

Town staff have been busy making sure beach accesses are in good repair and outfitted with proper trash receptacles.  New signage is currently being installed at each beach access to consolidate and update signage.  Staff have also worked hard all spring to improve and maintain the NC 58 right of way at the entrance and through the middle of town to give it a "park-like" feel.  The bike paths and sidewalks have been attended to, and a new, small public parking area and drainage improvements have been installed on Islander Drive near Reed Drive.  The curbs in the middle of town have been painted to resemble natural concrete.  Several streets have recently been resurfaced, and other traffic improvements are complete.

New handicapped-accessible observation decks and ramps at the Western Ocean Regional Access and Eastern Ocean Regional Access will be complete by Memorial Day weekend, and work is also underway to reconstruct deteriorated beach walkways at Santa Maria Drive and Cedar Tree Lane. 

The Town's Beach Patrol will soon begin patrolling the beach to assist beach visitors, respond to water emergencies, and answer questions.  The Police Department will be out and about to meet and assist the public in any way possible. 

Enjoy the summer in Emerald Isle!  Please let any of our dedicated Town staff know if we can assist you in any way!

Emerald Isle Studies Proposed E911 Center Consolidation

Carteret County is currently preparing to operate a new, consolidated E911 dispatch center at a new location in Morehead City as early as July 2009.  The Sheriff's Department (which currently provides dispatch services for all County emergency agencies and the towns of Beaufort, Newport, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, and Cape Carteret), the Town of Morehead City, and the Town of Atlantic Beach have all signed on to the consolidated E911 center. 

Emerald Isle has operated its own E911 dispatch center managed by the Police Department for many years, and they have done and continue to do an excellent job serving our residents, businesses, visitors, and emergency responders.  Emerald Isle has been asked to participate in the new consolidated E911 center by the County, and the Town is currently carefully studying this issue. 

This decision is an important decision, with many safety, service, and financial ramifications to consider.  The Town will continue to study this issue in the coming months before making a decision later this year. 

Emerald Isle Woods Park Closed Temporarily Due to Storm Water Project

Construction of the next phase of the Coast Guard Road Storm Water Project is underway, and is expected to continue for the next 3 months.  Some of the work involved with the project is taking place in Emerald Isle Woods Park, the receiving site for storm water pumped from other areas along Coast Guard Road. 

As a result, Emerald Isle Woods is temporarily closed until work inside the park is complete.  This portion of the project should be complete sometime in June, and the park will be reopened as soon as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience!

For more information about the status of Emerald Isle Woods Park, please contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director, at 252-354-6350 or asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org .

Draft Unified Development Ordinance Available for Review

The Town has been working hard for the past two years to develop a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that will govern all future development activities in the Town.   The UDO is an attempt to consolidate and clarify existing Town development ordinances, insure consistency with the Town's Land Use Plan, address a few key policy issues, and create a more user-friendly set of regulations. 

Town staff, with the assistance of an ad-hoc committee of Planning Board members and the Board of Commissioners, has completed a draft of the new UDO, and it is available for public review.  A hard copy can be reviewed at the Planning and Inspections Office, and an electronic copy will be posted at www.emeraldisle-nc.org after May 12. 

The Planning Board and Board of Commissioners will consider the draft UDO at several public meetings over the next few months, and public input is encouraged.  A public informational meeting will also be held.  The Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt the UDO later this summer.

For more information about the UDO, please contact Kevin Reed, Planning and Inspections Director, at 252-354-3338 or kreed@emeraldisle-nc.org.

EMS Brick Fundraising Campaign Underway

Proceeds Benefit Emerald Isle EMS' New Station

Mayor Art Schools has organized a Brick Fundraising Campaign to benefit the new Emerald Isle EMS Station currently being constructed on Emerald Drive adjacent to Fire Station 1. 

Contributions of any amount are welcome and appreciated; but a contribution of $100 will purchase a brick inscribed with up to three lines with 20 characters per line, and a contribution of $250 will purchase a brick with up to six lines with 20 characters per line. The bricks will be used to build a walkway in front of the EMS station, and the funds generated will be used to purchase equipment and furnishings for the new facility. 

To learn more about the program and order your brick, please visit Town Hall or www.emeraldisle-nc.org/brick/default.htm

FOR SALE - Existing EMS Station Building - 218 Cedar Street

The Town is currently partnering with Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. to construct a new EMS station on Town-owned land adjacent to Fire Station 1 on NC 58.  The new building is expected to be complete by late summer 2008, at which time Emerald Isle EMS, Inc. will occupy the new building. 

The Town will take possession of the existing EMS Station at 218 Cedar Street at that time, and is currently offering the property for sale.  The existing EMS Station is a converted beach house.  The existing station is in very good condition for use as a permanent home or beach house, and may also be suitable for a low-impact, home-based business.  The building consists of a 1200 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath living area on the top floor, and also includes a large garage and an additional 1200 sq. ft. of heated space on the ground floor consisting of a full kitchen, bath, and two large rooms. The building is located on the ocean side, and a beach access is just a short walk away. 

The sale price is $450,000, and the Town will consider all offers.  For more information, please contact Town Hall at 252-354-3424.

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Thursday, May 1, 2008 8:16:00 AM