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Job openings are posted in one or more of the following locations:
Applications may be downloaded from the Town of Morehead City-Human Resources website as a PDF or an online application.
In addition, once a job opening is advertised, applications are available at any Employment Security Commission (ESC) location.
Applications will only be accepted for vacant positions. All applications will be accepted by the following:
Submit a completed Town of Morehead City employment application on or before the closing date listed for each position. Note that a separate application is required for each position for which you are applying. Applications WILL NOT be accepted at City offices or departments. Resumes can be included but will not be accepted in lieu of the application.
To ensure your application is valid and does not get rejected:
Included with each application is a supplemental data form used for demographic data collection and statistical reporting to the EEOC. This form is filed separately from the employment application and is not provided to the personnel responsible for making hiring decisions. The employment application and supplement is confidential and not open for public record.
Current City employees may request an application from the Office of Human Resources. Once the application is completed, return to the Office of Human Resources for submission to appropriate hiring department.
The Office of Human Resources will receive and review all applications for a vacant position. Provided application is acceptable, HR will forward to the hiring department. The application supplement is separated from the City application and is not provided to the hiring department. The supplement is filed in a secure location in the Office of Human Resources.
Valid applications will be reviewed by the hiring department based on knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position for which you applied. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for all positions.
Any applications that are received after the closing date, incomplete, or not signed and dated will not be forwarded to the hiring department.
Once we receive and review City applications, selected candidates will be contacted by a member of the Morehead City Police Department for a preliminary interview. You may then be invited to participate in an agency selection process. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on the position openings we may have.
Watch a National Criminal Justice Association recruitment video.
All you need is a City application to get started. (Resume, Cover Letter, and supporting documentation are welcome!) Next steps to the process include:
It is the policy of this Department to select the most qualified applicants to compete in the final selection process to become a Morehead City Police Officer. Depending on the number of positions available and the number of qualified candidates applying, it is possible that you may not be selected for further processing.
Should you not be selected, we would ask that you continue to consider law enforcement as a career goal. Your application file will be maintained as a confidential record here at the Police Department. Unless you are otherwise informed, we would encourage you to apply again for future openings.
For those individuals who are chosen to continue in the employment process, you may also be requested to complete the following:
This part of the process may take from 30 to 45 days, or longer depending on open positions and administrative processing, but could also be shorter depending on available resources.
Thank you again for your interest in Morehead City Police Department!
After all applications for a position are reviewed, the best qualified applicant(s) will be contacted by either the hiring department or the Human Resources Director for a personal interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via telephone or by email within a reasonable time after the application deadline.
Applicants may be called for subsequent interviews.
A final selection is made by the hiring department based on the individual who best suits the needs and requirements of the position and the department. The final candidate will be contacted via telephone by the Human Resources Director with a job offer.
Upon job offer acceptance, the final candidate must submit to one or more of the following:
Any negative or questionable results obtained from any testing or investigation may result in withdrawing job offer.
Applications are retained in the Office of Human Resources or in another determined secure location as required by law. Under North Carolina law, information about applicants is confidential and not open for public access.
Applications will not be returned and will not be reactivated for other positions.
Questions regarding the application process may be directed to:
Please note that this process may be deviated from depending on the vacancy being filled.
You can compost in an open pile, or build your own bin out of scrap lumber, old pallets, or concrete blocks! Check out Yardener, it gives some great information of building all different types of compost bins.
Residents of apartments and condominiums can compost too! Covered bucket systems and worm bins work best for small spaces.
A guide to composting in your home can be found online.
Ideal conditions of the proper bin system (good layering of greens and browns, the correct amount of moisture, adequate mixing, and high temperatures) can produce compost in less than one month. However, it usually requires several months for good compost to be produced. Your compost is ready to use when it is brown, uniform in consistency, crumbly, and has a sweet earthy smell. You may want to sift your compost through a screen before use.
Mix finished compost with garden soil and use it as mulch on top of the soil, dig it into the soil, or use as a potting mix for plants in containers.
To enjoy delicious, healthful vegetables, apply compost. Dig it in the fall, bury it in the trenches, put it in the furrows where planting and in the holes when transplanting. After plants start shooting up, mix it with equal amounts of soil and use it as a top-dressing.
The rule when mulching is, the finer the material the thinner the layer. Doing this will give you a rich, loamy, friable soil that will grow big yields of all kinds of vegetables. They'll be higher in vitamins and minerals, too.
For sowing seeds indoors or in a cold frame, put your compost through a ½-inch sieve, then shred it with a hoe or even roll it with a rolling pin to make it very fine. Then mix it with equal amounts of sand and soil. The ideal seeding mixture is very mellow and tends to fall apart after being squeezed in your hand.
Finely screened compost is excellent to put around all growing flowers. Apply it as mulch, about 1 inch thick, to help control weeds, and conserve moisture, or top-dress it mixed with the soil.
Compost grass clippings, leaves, weeds, flowers, twigs, horse manure, vegetable and fruit food scraps (bury in your pile to discourage animal problems).
Do not compost:
Compost watering is an excellent way to give your flowers supplementary feeding during their growing season. Fill a watering can half full of compost, add water and sprinkle liberally around the plants. The can may be refilled with water several times before the compost losses it potency.
For questions or concerns you can call Robin Gollehon at 252-726-6071, or email.
You can find additional resources at:
See our Fire and EMS Stations page.
See the Emergency Preparedness page for complete information.
You can find upcoming Town Council meetings on their webpage.
Visit our Staff Directory for full contact information for the Town of Morehead City.
City Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday excluding holidays.
City Hall is located at 1100 Bridges Street. There is parking in front of City Hall and in the rear of the building.
For the convenience of our citizens, Morehead City maintains a Commercial Mail Receiving Agency Post Office within City Hall with limited services. The hours of operation are the same as City Hall, from 8 am to 5 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday excluding legal holidays.
For information call 252-726-6848, ext. 112 or 131.
Traffic violations are remanded to the Carteret County Clerk of Court at 252-838-8141.
Birth, marriage, death and other personal records are maintained by the Carteret County Register of Deeds Office at 252-728-8474.
For any voting questions or information call the Carteret County Board of Elections at 252-728-4583.
At each regularly scheduled Council Meeting there is always a section called "Citizen Requests/Comments". This time is specially designated for any individual to address the Council about a particular concern regarding Morehead City. For more information on this process call the City Clerk at 252-726-6848, ext. 139.
North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) and the University of North Carolina School of Government offer a new resource for helping the public appreciate and understand local government. Local Government in North Carolina is free and online. This fourth edition has been up-dated to reflect recent changes and revised for a general audience. It is now available in three formats:
This resource is sponsored by the North Carolina City and County Managers Association as a part of its Civic Education Committee's work. Your local government may also have helped sponsor it by participating in NCCCMA's "Nickel Offense."
See our Job Openings page for current job openings.
Permits are required for:
Even if no building permit is required, a zoning permit may be required. Contact our office to determine whether or not you need to apply for a permit.
The Minimum Housing Standards Ordinance regulates properties that are deteriorated or dilapidated and unfit for habitation. The intent of the program is to ensure that the city’s housing is safe for those living there. Property owners are given notice and specific time frames to make necessary repairs. A citizen may file a complaint by submitting a Citizen Complaint Form (PDF).
You can contact staff or visit the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping System website to determine whether your property is located in a flood zone.
Staff can receive both cash and check in-person. In order to pay with a credit card, it is necessary to utilize either the telephone or online payment method.
A list of required inspections (PDF) is available online. Please feel free to contact staff if you should require additional information.
Checking out books at the Morehead City Library is as easy as signing up to be a patron. Any staff member will be able to provide you with the necessary application form. The Morehead City Library requires that you have a photo id with your current address or, if you're new to the area, a utility bill with your new address along with your photo ID. Since moving to the Apollo Circulation system the Morehead City Library now issues actual cards. Patron data is stored on the computer. This library is not part of the County Library System so those cards are not valid at the Morehead City Library.
Fees for overdue books are 10 cents a day per overdue item. By signing up to be a patron, you agree to follow the Morehead City Library Rules and Regulations and to notify us of any change of address.
The Morehead City Library book collection is computerized to facilitate locating books and authors. Either the staff can help you find a book or there is a computerized book catalog for patron use.
View the online catalog.
The best way to renew a book is to visit the online catalog and log into your account and renew or request an item. You may also call the library at 252-726-3765, stop by the library circulation desk, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mails should have “renew book” as the subject and you should include your name, the title of the book, and the current due date. Books can be renewed one time for an additional 3 weeks
There are several rooms at the Morehead City Library available for parties and meetings. Use of the rooms is without charge unless the event occurs after hours or if your event is for profit. The fee is $20 per hour for after-hours use. For money-making events, terms will be negotiated by the Director. Please call the library at 252-726-3765 for further information.
Visit the Meeting Rooms page for more information.
Support can come in many forms: Membership in the Friends of the Library, financial donations, and magazine subscriptions are some ways to support the library. Volunteering, serving on special events committees, and supporting specific programs are ways to be more personally involved with the Morehead City Library.
The Morehead City Library has several computers for public use. There are four in the computer lab for adult use. Computer usage is on a first-come basis with a 30-minute limit. Print-outs are available for 15 cents a page. Also, since the library is wi-fi connected, you are welcome to bring your laptop.
See Facilities to view our parks and facilities.
You can register for programs online.
Submit a Volunteer Coaching Application (PDF).
See the Parks and Recreation page for complete information.
Payments can be made via online banking, credit/debit card (through Official Payments only), by mail, drop box and in person.
Mailing Address:Attn: Tax CollectorTown of Morehead City1100 Bridges StreetMorehead City, NC 28557
Anyone can make payments towards future taxes that will become due. In order to post the payments correctly we must know that they are for future taxes and all current taxes must be paid in full. Payment arrangements are allowed and encouraged to be set up as soon as the tax notice is received (in July or August).
For the past few years payment arrangement forms have been sent with the tax notices to assist property owners with this option. Beginning the payment plan immediately upon receipt of the tax notice saves the property owner money by eliminating/reducing any interest or penalties that will accrue on the balance owing. If a property owners waits until after the taxes become delinquent to make a payment arrangement they must come to the Tax Office and sign an agreement.
No verbal payment arrangements are made. The property owner is required to make a down payment on the taxes owing at the time the arrangement is made.
If the taxes become delinquent and no payment arrangement is in place with our office collection action begins. Second notices are mailed after the delinquency date (January 6) to advise property owners of delinquent taxes owing even to those with payment arrangements (our software cannot separate those with an arrangement and those that do not).
Per North Carolina General Statues (NC.G.S.) 105-368 a tax collector may attach wages and other compensation, rents, bank deposits, the proceeds of property subject to levy or any other intangible personal property, including property held in the Escheat Fund. Also NC.G.S. Chapter 105A allows for property owner's state income tax refund or lottery winnings to be attached and garnished. If there are no intangible assets to be found and the tax remains unpaid information is turned over to the city attorney to begin foreclosure proceedings.
The first step is to contact the Carteret County Tax Office at 252-728-8535 since they do the assessing of all property in the county. Any corrections made there should be forwarded to our office to correct/adjust the Morehead City tax.
No. The county tax office assesses all property in the county and forwards the information to us for billing and collecting purposes.
Only for unregistered motor vehicles which are classified as personal property. The Carteret County Tax Office bills and collects for Morehead City on registered motor vehicles and remits the funds to us. Questions concerning registered motor vehicle taxes should be directed to the Carteret County Tax Office at 252-728-8535.
Value, ownership, taxable status, and situs of real and personal property are determined for the new fiscal year at January 1.
North Carolina General Statutes (N.C.G.S.) does not require that any type of property tax bill be prepared or distributed to taxpayers. To increase collections we mail bills in July or August.
All taxes in North Carolina are due September 1.
If the tax remains unpaid at January 6 they are considered delinquent and 2% interest applies. Interest continues to accrue at ¾% each month until paid in full.
Subdivision exemptions include recombination plats, divisions of parcels greater than 10 acres with no street right-of-way dedication, public acquisition of land for streets or transportation corridors, and the division of tracts not greater than two acres into three lots or less where the resultant lots meet or exceed the standards of the Town of Morehead City. There is a $25 fee for staff review of subdivision exemption plats.
See the Subdivision Exemption Review Process (JPG).
A minor subdivision is defined as the division of 5 acres or less into 5 or fewer lots and which creates no new public or private streets or roads, no right-of-way dedication, and no new easements except for electrical, drainage, cable, or telephone easements, and no utility extensions.
View the Minor Subdivision Review Process (JPG).
A major subdivision is any division of land that does not fall under the classification of minor subdivision or subdivision exemption. Major subdivisions are reviewed by the Planning Board and Council in a multiple step process.
View the Major Subdivision Review Process (JPG).
A complete Rezoning Application (PDF), land use consistency statement, filing fee, and advertising deposit are required for submittal of a rezoning request. Additional items are required for conditional-use and planned development rezoning requests.
Rezoning is a method of changing the zoning classification of a property to a different zoning classification. For example, residentially-zoned property may need to be rezoned in order to permit commercial activity. The types of uses allowed in each zoning classification are listed in the Table of Permissible Uses. The City Council decides whether a property should be rezoned based upon recommendation by the Planning Board, surrounding zoning and land use, and consistency with the City's Land Use Plan (PDF).
Prior to the public meeting and public hearing, each property proposed for rezoning is posted with a zoning hearing sign, a legal advertisement is published in the Carteret County News-Times, and property owners within 300 feet of the site are notified of the rezoning by mail.
In the event a rezoning request is denied, a minimum six-month period must elapse prior to submittal of another rezoning application for the same property.
Multifamily developments are permitted in the Residential Multifamily (RMF) and Planned Development (PD) districts and in the Residential (R5) district as a Special Use provided they are developed in accordance with the standards of the Unified Development Ordinance, particularly those found under Article 13-2. Planned Developments are also required to meet the specifications contained under Article 12-1.
An ordinance amendment is a change to the adopted text contained in the Unified Development Ordinance. Amendments may be initiated by the City Council, the Planning Board, the Board of Adjustment, City Staff, or an individual. An example includes pursuit of an amendment to change the permitted uses allowed in a particular zoning district. An ordinance amendment application includes a letter, a description of the ordinance section(s) to be changed, a filing fee, and a deposit on advertising.
View the Ordinance Amendment Process Flow Chart (JPG).
You can contact staff, or go to the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping System website to determine whether your property is located in a flood zone.
See our Programs page for complete information.
We are located in the City Hall building at 706 Arendell Street. We are directly across from Raps Bar and Grill. Our phone number is 252-726-5022.
We are open Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8 am to 5 pm.
There are 6 options:
See more detail on these options.
An application for new service is needed with the required deposit/service fee and a valid picture ID. Types of acceptable IDs are:
Our application (PDF) can be downloaded, faxed to you, or picked up at our office. If a new customer is not available to come to the Water Department in person we will accept faxed, emailed or mailed applications along with the required deposit/service fee and copy of a valid ID. The new customer must appear in person in our office within seven business days of the application date to verify their identity. Failure to do so will result in disconnection of service.
View additional information about setting up a new account (PDF).
Per our town ordinance it is required that all disconnect requests be submitted in writing (PDF). Those that come to the Water Department will need to fill out the back of their application requesting the disconnect. Others can fax to 252-240-1639, or email their requests to us.
We will need the following to process the request:
We do not accept verbal requests to transfer service from one location to another. The customer must come to the Water Department, fax to 252-240-1639, or email the transfer request (Transfer Form (PDF)). Any account carrying a balance will not be transferred until the balance is paid off in full.
Also, a transfer fee is charged and can be added to the first billing at the new location. We will only keep both locations with service over period of time, such as a weekend (e.g. turn on service at new location of Friday and turn off service at previous location on Monday).
We do allow temporary service for 30 days and will extend this an additional 30 days if needed. Please call our office to find out the procedures and fees for this service.
The biggest culprits of water loss are running commodes and malfunctioning water softeners. To test the seal of the commode(s) we suggest putting a few drops of red (only because it shows up better) food coloring in the back of the tank. If after an extended amount of time the food coloring appears in the bowl than that means the seals are not sealing properly and should be replaced. With a water softener it is harder to identify and might be appropriate for a professional to be called.
See How to Read Your Meter (PDF) for full instructions.
See the Garbage Pickup page for information.
See the Recycling Pickup page for information.
See the Accepted Materials for Recycling page for information.
You can submit a request for service online.
Contact the Public Works Department at 252-726-6848, ext. 122 for assistance.
The little recycling triangle on the bottom of most plastic containers and many other plastics is called an Society of the Plastics Industry SPI code. This code was developed by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) to help consumers and businesses easily identify the resin type. This helps for recycling purposes but the code identifier is not meant to indicate that the material is "recyclable." The industry chose to put symbols on the six most common resins plus an "other" category to capture the numerous other resins and the blends that are used.
Even though the plastic resin in a milk jug and a butter tub may be the same, the molding process to make them is quite different. A milk jug is blow molded, like blowing a bubble, and a tub is injection molded, like stamping two molds together. To use each molding technique, different chemicals must be added to each plastic resin to make it melt and flow correctly. These added chemicals make the resins incompatible in most recycling processes because they no longer melt at the same rate. Melting is an important phase of the plastics recycling process.
Bottle caps are made of a different plastic resin than the containers. They are usually made of number 4 polypropylene PP because this material is more rigid than the other resins and works well for the strength needed for a beverage cap.
The Town requires a purchase order for all purchases or service. If work is completed or merchandise shipped without a purchase order number, it is considered unauthorized. Any unauthorized transaction is subject to the Town declining payment. The purchase order is issued by finance to each department and the contact person in the department is responsible for getting the information to the vendor.
Contact your insurance carrier to add the Town of Morehead City as certificate holder. The address needed is:706 Arendell StreetMorehead City, NC 28557
Your insurance carrier can email, fax to 252-240-1639, or mail the certificate.
An invoice must be received in finance 10 days prior to the check issuance date. If can be emailed, faxed or mailed.
Checks are available after 4 pm on the date of issuance. Generally large, recurring and monthly billing vendors are paid every 28 days and all others are paid every other week. If you have a question about which payment cycle you are on please contact Accounts Payable by email.
Contact accounts payable by email.
In compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, 1099 forms will be mailed to vendors on or before January 31.
Special uses add flexibility to the Unified Development Ordinance by permitting potentially undesirable uses of property in specified districts when certain criteria (JPG) are met. An "S" in the Table of Permissible Uses indicates a Special Use in the specified district. When considering a request for a Special Use Permit, the Board of Adjustment may impose reasonable and appropriate conditions upon these permits. Applicants are advised to discuss any application for a Special Use Permit with staff prior to submittal.
The variance process is a method of enabling property owners to make use of their property in a way that conflicts with the literal interpretation of the ordinance. More specifically, a variance grants relief from the Unified Development Ordinance. Use variances are not permitted under North Carolina state law. The Board of Adjustment makes its decision to approve or deny a variance request based upon specific criteria (PNG). Applicants are advised to discuss any variance application with staff prior to submittal.
Morehead City is divided into zoning districts. These districts have both permitted uses that are allowed by right and other uses that are allowed as special uses. The Table of Permissible Uses is contained in the Unified Development Ordinance.
Morehead City has two classifications of home occupations. Type A home occupations are those where residents use their home as a place of work; however, no employees or customers come to the site. Type B home occupations are those where residents use their home as a place of work and either one employee or customers come to the site. A special use permit is required prior to establishing a Type B home occupation.
Submit a Board of Adjustment Application (PDF) with the applicable filing fee. You may also be required to submit a site plan and other additional information. Contact the Planning and Inspections Department for additional information.
No. Hearings are conducted in a quasi-judicial manner, and members may not speak about cases prior to the hearing. You may, however, receive assistance from staff or seek professional legal advice, if you wish.