To our citizens, the Town is working hard to get ready for the upcoming season. With April coming up the annual “free” debris removal is scheduled from March 30 – April 5. Please go to our website in the News section to fully understand this event. It is intended to allow our citizens to complete spring cleaning and is not for items that have specific disposal requirements (paints, pesticides, shingles, cylinders, batteries, tires, oil drums, oil, bio-medical waste) or construction debris. In the past few years, this has been an issue and it continues to increase in cost. Council will monitor feedback on this year’s cost to determine its future in the budget process that is coming up.
The budget process has begun, with budget meetings beginning in April. This process takes through the spring with the finalized budget being approved in June and going into effect in July. It is during this process that the Council, with much work from the Department Heads and input from citizens as well as outside agencies determines the funding required to provide services to our town. As with all budgets, the challenge is to balance the needs and wants of our citizens with the costs.
In closing, I would like to congratulate anyone on this distribution list for being informed. The Council and staff strive to ensure that our citizens are informed and I would like to highlight some specific ways that you can stay aware of what we are doing in your name:
1. Our website – townofkurebeach.org on the Kure Beach Council page (under Government)
a. The audio recordings of every meeting going back to 2010.
b. Council meeting minutes (work sessions/council meetings) going back to 2005.
c. Council actions going back to 2007.
2. Email distribution list found on the home page under the NOTIFY ME tab. You can sign up for this distribution email list.
3. County Emergency Notification on the home page (emergency.nhcgov.com) under the EMERGENCY INFORMATION tab. You can sign up for text messages to your phone about emergency issues.
4. Newspaper advertising in both the Island Gazette and the Star News. The Town posts all scheduled meetings.
5.Town Hall Bulletin board posts information at Town Hall.
The Council and staff are committed to ensuring citizens have the opportunity to be informed. Reading the minutes only takes 10 minutes of your time and if something in the minutes is of interest – listening to the actual meeting (you can fast forward to the topic of interest) only adds a few more minutes. All of this may be done from your smart phone or in front of a computer in the comfort of your home.
Very Respectfully ….
Your Mayor Pro Tem – David Heglar