Updates & Reminders

Key information:

  • Duke Energy will be testing outdoor sirens on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
  • Golf cart registration renewals were due on January 1, 2022, distribution of stickers was delayed, please be patient as staff works on the backlog.
  • Village completes SCADA system update with installation of new antennas.
  • Village offices will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022.
  • Next regular Village Council meeting is on Friday, January 21, 2022.
  • IPC/PO remains closed on Saturdays, building expansion is complete, an additional new employee is on board, so they are closer to reopening on Saturdays.
  • The US Coast Guard’s operating guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19 are still in effect for the ferries and trams.

Duke Energy Siren Testing – Duke Energy will be testing outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  The full-volume, 5-30-second test is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  No public action is required.  Islanders can sign up for Duke’s new texting tool to receive emergency preparedness information, including siren test reminders HERE.

Golf Cart Registration Renewals – Golf cart registration renewals were due on January 1, 2022. You may recall that the Village notified Islanders that there was a delay in receiving the new stickers this year.  The stickers have recently arrived. Please be patient as staff works through the backlog to get the stickers out a quickly as possible. Public Safety Officers are aware of the delay and enforcement will not be in full effect until it is understood that all who have taken measures to register their vehicles have the new stickers. If you still have not updated your registration(s) please do so now online HERE.

New antennas were installed to upgrade Village Utilities’ SCADA system.

SCADA System Update – Islanders may have noticed some new antennas being installed recently. Village Utilities updated its SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system. Each freshwater well and wastewater lift station in the Village’s monitored system has had a new antenna installed. The height of the antenna depends on the distance and obstructions from the installed location and the wastewater treatment plant. This upgrade enhances the Village’s ability to monitor its utility infrastructure and respond to issues as they occur.

Village Offices Closed for MLK, Jr. Holiday – Village offices will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  This includes the Island Package Center & Post Office.

Next Village Council Regular Meeting – The next regular Village Council meeting is on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room at the Public Safety Building.  The agenda will be posted HERE. Zoom information for this meeting is posted HERE.

New IPC/PO employee Robin Radcliff

IPC/PO is Closed on Saturdays – The Island Package Center & Post Office remains closed on Saturdays. First-class mail will be delivered to post office boxes every Saturday. Expansions to the building are complete and staff is working on getting new shelving in place so that the new storage area can be organized and configured to accommodate the increasing number of packages coming in and enhance workplace safety.  An additional employee was hired, she started on January 3rd.  Please welcome Robin Radcliff to the IPC/PO team!

Mask Guidance for Ferries & Trams – The US Coast Guard guidelines and restrictions that were announced by Bald Head Transportation, Inc. in September are still in place.  The guidelines and restrictions require all employees and passengers (except children under the age of 2) wear a mask: 1. While waiting to board the ferry inside the terminal gate area, 2. While boarding the ferry, 3. While inside the ferry cabin, 4. While disembarking the ferry, 5. While riding in trams.  Most importantly, social distancing should be practiced at all times.