Brunswick County Public Notice

Annual Change From Chloramines to Chlorine

Every year, Brunswick County and the towns, cities, and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County, implement an annual flushing program. Public Utilities employees flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time. The flushing cleans out sediment and allows routine maintenance of the more than 5,000 fire hydrants in the Brunswick County service area. Flushing may result in discoloration and presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and are temporary.

During the annual flushing program, a slight change is made in the water treatment process to facilitate an effective flushing program. Throughout the year, combined chlorine (in the form of chloramines), is added to the water as the primary disinfectant. During the annual flushing program, chlorine is added in an uncombined state, commonly referred to as free chlorine. Free chlorine is somewhat more volatile than combined chlorine, and readily reacts with sediments suspended during flushing. Brunswick County will use free chlorine as the primary disinfectant from Sept. 23, 2022, through October 2022. Depending on your location within the distribution system and usage patterns, it could be a week to 10 days for your drinking water to transition from combined chlorine to free chlorine at the beginning of the flushing program. The annual change from chloramines to chlorine for this brief period is required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

You may notice a chlorine taste and odor in your drinking water while free chlorine is utilized. If you are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine, try keeping an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate thus reducing the chlorine taste. Remember – drinking water has a shelf life! Change out the water in your refrigerated container weekly.

Please note, if you have an aquarium or pond always test the water you add to your aquatic environment to be sure it is free of any chlorine before adding fish or other animals. Chemical additives with directions for removing either free chlorine or chloramines from water for use in fish tanks or ponds are available at pet/fish supply stores.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact the County’s Public Utilities Department at 910-253-2657, 910-371-3490, 910-454-0512, or your local water provider.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – 9/12/2022

Dear Sea Trail Property Owners,

Believe it or not, FALL is right around the corner. I know you are ready for Pumpkin Spice Latte’s but it is still 90 degree heat index! Soon we will be able to enjoy the beautiful weather and slower pace of FALL here at Sea Trail!!

Just a few updates from the STMA Board:

MAC Elevator Ribbon Cutting: The STMA Board invites you to an Open House at our newly renovated MAC upstairs and also a ribbon cutting for our new elevator! The Open House will be held on Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm prior to the TGIF. Ribbon Cutting at the Elevator at 5pm. Come by for a beverage and then stay for TGIF!

MAC Elevator Project:  The MAC Elevator is close to being operational! There have been 3 delays in scheduling the State of NC to do the inspections. The Department of Labor has been busy doing inspections of amusement rides for the Fall fairs and, of course, they are short staffed. The inspection date is now scheduled for September 15th. If everything goes as planned, the MAC elevator will be operational once it passes inspection. The elevator will only be operational when there are functions in the MAC.  The Access team will inform the group leader as to the process for getting access to the elevator for the individual group functions. Storm Damage:  On Saturday, Sunset Beach had a tornado warning and over 3 inches of rain in less than 2 hours.  Lightning struck the Olde Point Lane Entry Wall by the Maples entrance and caused electrical, irrigation and brick work damage.  Action has already been taken by our Landscape Committee Chairs Brian Blaine and Randy Warren as well as Riptide Builders to assess the situation and to begin contacting sub-contractors for repairs.  Donald Bean, co-owner of Riptide Builders was out cleaning drains on Eastwood Park with some residents during the rain storm.  A big Thank You goes to Riptide Builders and our Committee Chairs for being so responsive whenever an issue arises. Also, there was a breach in the wall of the pond on Jones 4 & 5 golf course and the pond has subsequently drained.  Sea Trail Golf Course has been notified and are working on a repair solution.

Entry Walls:  Prior to the storm damage, all 5 Entry Walls were completed including the Oyster Pointe Entry Wall and Guard House.  Hope you all are enjoying our gorgeous new Entry Walls.  We appreciate Riptide Builders for contracting this project as well as the MAC Renovation and the Elevator Project!Pink Palace Pool Closing:  The Board made the decision to close the Pink Palace pool for the season effective September 6, 2022.  We will now begin the plans and assessments to replace the pool deck area.   The Access gate will be open for access to the Sunset Room and the Creekside Building only.  Please DO NOT walk out in the pool area as there are areas of the deck that will be removed and inspected for our deck project.  The MAC pool will be open for the remainder of the season.STMA Board MeetingThe next STMA Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Pink Palace.   A homeowner open forum will be held at the end of the meeting.

The next STMA Board Meeting will be held on September 21, 2022, at 3:00 pm at the Pink Palace.  The Homeowner Open Forum will be held.

  • Click HERE to view the STMA Board Meeting Agenda – 9/21/22.
  • Click HERE to view the STMA Committee Report – 9/21/2022.

Have a wonderful September!Roz Dahlen, STMA President

Rip Currents – Know Your Options

 

Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. The U.S. Lifesaving Association reports 80 percent of all surf rescues are related to rip currents.  On many beaches, rip currents are present every day. In most cases, rip current speeds are too slow to be a danger to most swimmers.  However, when wave conditions, shape of the offshore beach and tide elevation are just right, rip current speeds can reach speeds faster than Michael Phelps can swim.

Sunset Beach Golf Cart Regulations

Sunset Beach Golf Cart Regulations

In anticipation of the upcoming summer vacation season the Sunset Beach Police Department will be posting reminders on various Town of Sunset Ordinances. We’re sharing this information with hopes that while visiting our wonderful community fines aren’t incurred for violations. This week’s topic is LOW SPEED VEHICLES, by definition, any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour but less than 25 miles per hour. Please keep the following in mind when operating any low-speed vehicle, like golf carts.
• At no time are golf carts and/or electric, battery operated vehicles allowed on the beach strand .. this includes all E-Bikes.
• Golf cart drivers must be at least 16yrs old and hold a valid driver’s license.
• Registered golf carts can be driven legally on the roadway (not the sidewalk) anywhere the posted speed is 35mph or less.
• All occupants must use seat belts. Young children must be in car and/or booster seats if applicable.
• Drivers must refrain from operating while under the influence of alcohol, and open containers must not be found inside one of these vehicles.
• Golf carts must be inspected and registered in North Carolina or by a state that has identical standards as North Carolina and equipped with the following:
Headlamps
Tail lamps
Horn
Windshield
Stop lamps
Mirrors
Seat belts
Parking brake
Font and rears turn signals
Reflectors
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

10 NC Bicycle Laws You Should Know

Equipment Requirements

In the world of cycling, costly upgrades to pedals, wheels, and commuter gear are common investments, but if you’re an adult riding during daylight hours, the law requires no additional equipment. The following are exceptions:

1. Children must wear helmets

Helmets are required for children under the age of 16. While the majority of states have no bicycle helmet requirements at all, North Carolina is one of 12 states with the under 16 rule. However, it’s recommended that even adult bicyclists wear helmets while riding.

Parents and guardians who knowingly allow a child under 16 years old to ride without a helmet can be fined.

2. Lighting required at night

After dark, you need a white light on the front of your bicycle that can be seen from at least 300 feet and a red reflector or light on the back that can be seen from at least 200 feet.

Where to Ride on the Road

North Carolina does not require bicyclists to use bike lanes when they exist, and it is typically safer to ride on the road than to ride on a sidewalk. That said, sometimes riding on the sidewalk is legal and sometimes it’s not. See www.municode.com to check the municipal code for the city where you’re riding.

3. Stay off fully controlled access highways such as interstates

North Carolina law prohibits bicycle riding on fully controlled access highways and NCDOT’s website also references a policy prohibiting riding on limited access highways.

4. Ride in the direction of traffic on the right

Wrong-way cycling is a leading cause of collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles. The only exceptions include:

– Overtaking and passing another vehicle

– Moving to avoid an obstruction

– Preparing for a left turn

Although motorists often claim that a bicycle rider should be charged with impeding traffic, the North Carolina statue prohibiting driving so slow as to impede traffic applies only to motor vehicles.

In fact, the North Carolina Driver Handbook states that “Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane but are entitled to the use of a full lane.”

5. Cyclists are protected when drivers are passing

Drivers overtaking and passing a bicyclist can only do so if there’s at least two feet available to the left of the bike. There are also times when a motorist’s passing is prohibited:

– At railroad grade crossings or intersections

– On the crest of a hill or at a curve in the road where the driver can’t see at least 500 feet ahead

– When signs or markers indicate a No Passing Zone

Obey All Traffic Signs, Signals and Rules of the Road

Intersection collisions are more common than any other type of bike-related collision, which means that in addition to following the rules of the road, cyclists must be visible and predictable when approaching intersections, turning or merging.

6. Stop for red traffic lights and stop signs

The law requires bicycle riders to wait until the light turns green before continuing and come to a complete stop at a stop sign.

7. Make turns in the appropriate lane

When turning left, approach in the extreme left-hand lane and when turning right, approach as close as possible to the right-hand curb.

8. Communicate with built-in signals or hand signals

For left turns, extend your hand and arm horizontal with a pointing forefinger. For right turns, point your hand and arm upward. For a stop, point your hand and arm downward. When an arm signal is impractical, lane positioning, a head turn and eye contact are typically sufficient.

9. Remain at the scene of a crash

Bicyclists involved in a crash that causes injury, property damage, or death must immediately stop and remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives.

10. Do not ride a bike while intoxicated

Just like motor vehicle drivers, you can receive a DWI for bicycling on public roadways under the influence of an impairing substance such as drugs or alcohol.