Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media. Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city. “Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up. Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame. While power outages were widespread, most of the city stillRead More →

Update: Crews are working quickly on Austin Avenue at Drew Avenue to repair a broken pipe fitting on an underground water main. Water is shut off to about 150 customers in Bluewater Rise, Evans Mill, and Sir James Lane. A planned outage was scheduled to begin overnight, but the pipe fitting collapsed on Monday, forcing a crew to start the work immediately with work expected to be done by 6 p.m. … Approximately 150 households will be affected during a July 28 outage. The City of New Bern Water Resources Division is planning the water outage next week. Crews have detected a broken fitting inRead More →

Duke Energy crews are in the New Bern area to repair infrastructure that was damaged in December causing a widespread power outage. A Duke Energy contractor was performing vegetation management services on Dec. 19 when a transmission line was severed leaving City of New Bern customers without power for about seven hours.  A temporary fix restored power until permanent repairs could be made. Duke Energy started making permanent repairs to the system on Monday  The work is scheduled to be complete on by the end of February. City of New Bern electric customers are not expected to experience any power outages or fluctuations in serviceRead More →

UPDATE: Meeting cancelled due to approaching hurricane.   Editor’s note: Changes to how City Hall posts its agenda with background information has made it difficult to translate it into a single webpage. Below is the basic agenda, with New Bern Post editor notes in bold. To see the entire packet, go here. CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING SEPTEMBER 11, 2018- 6:00 P.M. CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Alderwoman Harris. Presenting and Retirement of Colors by New Bern Fire and Police Departments. Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Call. Request and Petition of Citizens.Read More →

Aldermen meet this evening to hold a public hearing into how the city will spend taxpayer and user fee money during the next fiscal year. This is the first budget for the newly coined Board of Aldermen, which met during budget workshops last week that lasted just over 11 hours. As presented by city staff, the draft budget is fairly status quo and would not result in any additional taxes or fees. However, City Manager Mark Stephens also laid out a number of steps aldermen could take to raise addition revenue to pay for new projects. (Fun fact: “Raise revenue” is boffin-speak for new feesRead More →

New Bern residents may have noticed a change in their city tap water which, as one resident pointed out vividly but probably hyperbolically, suddenly tastes like shit. Beginning on April 16 and continuing until June 18, the city changed the disinfectant used in the water treatment process from chloramines to free chlorine. The city started using chloramines as a secondary disinfectant starting in 2010. This involves adding a small amount of ammonia after water is chlorinated. Compared to free chlorine, chloramines form fewer chemical byproducts, improve taste and odor, and last longer in the water system to prevent bacterial growth. But! “It is customary forRead More →

So what did you do on Jan. 1? City workers spent the day rerouting sewer lines and stabilizing the sink hole in a round-the-clock operation that resulted in no interruption of service and no sewage leaked into the Neuse River just a hundred yards from it. Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a sewer pipe gave up its 56-year battle against erosion and the forces of hydrogen sulfide. It gave way and the ensuing damage left a 50-foot sinkhole near the National Guard Armory on Glenburnie Drive. This wasn’t any sewer pipe. It was the Grand Central Station of sewer pipes, channeling the entireRead More →