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Hazardous waste collection event

Currituck County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on March 28, rain or shine. Two collection sites will be available for citizens:

  • Currituck Judicial Center – 2801 Caratoke Hwy in Currituck from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Southern Outer Banks Water Plant – 734 Ocean Trail in Corolla from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Typical items accepted include aerosols, antifreeze and other automotive fluids, batteries, fire extinguishers, camp and grill propane tanks, alkaline and acidic cleaners, pool chemicals, fertilizers, weed and feed, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, oil-based paints, paint thinners, wood filler, adhesives, caulk, mercury, thermometers, thermostats, and florescent light tubes.

Examples of items not accepted include latex paint, commercial hazardous waste, explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, smoke detectors, prescription drugs, absestos materials, biohazardous waste, infectious waste, or needles/syringes.

Currituck County and EcoFlo, Inc. reserve the right to refuse any waste deemed unsafe to handle or unsuitable for the collection.

This special event is sponsored by the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension. EcoFlo, Inc. will provide certified and safe household hazardous waste collection. Disposal of all items is free for Currituck County residents.

If you have any questions, call Currituck County Public Works at 252-232-2504.

Hill retains top financial certification

Sandra Hill, Currituck County’s Finance Director, was recognized by the UNC School of Government for successfully completing the renewal of her North Carolina Finance Officer certification. Hill’s renewal was effective on Jan. 1, 2020 and was delivered by the North Carolina Finance Officers’ Certification Committee.

To renew, Hill had to complete a minimum of 100 professional training hours over the past five years. She first obtained the NC Finance Officer certification in 2010 and also successfully renewed it in 2015. Hill has served as Finance Director for more than 18 years in Currituck County, since Sept. 8, 2001. Overall, she has worked on the county staff for 31 years.

As Finance Director, Hill oversees the department that is tasked with monitoring the finances of Currituck County. Each year, Hill and her staff prepare the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that is submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. A benefit to having an excellent financial report and audit is that Currituck County is allowed to obtain high bond ratings and low debt rates.

The Finance Department’s other responsibilities include assisting and training county staff on budget and finance processes. Hill also works closely with County Manager Ben Stikeleather to prepare the annual budget for Currituck County.

 

Final draft, public comments for OBX Hazard Plan

The final public meetings to discuss the Outer Banks Hazard Mitigation Plan update have been scheduled for early January in Currituck and Dare counties. Click here to view the plan draft

Citizens who cannot attend a meeting may review the plan draft online and submit comments until Jan. 30, 2020. Comments may be submitted via email on the project website.

The committee is updating the current plan, adopted in 2015, to better protect the people and property of the region from the effects of natural and human-caused hazards. This also helps counties maintain eligibility for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Additional information and plan documentation can be viewed online at www.obx-hmp.com.  If you have any questions, contact Currituck County Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

 

 

2021 property revaluation is underway

The Currituck County Tax Department is working on a state-mandated revaluation of property in the county. Citizens may notice revaluation officials appraising buildings and properties in neighborhoods throughout Currituck. All workers should have proper identification, as well as marked vehicles, while making an appraisal.

During this process over several months, staff will visit properties, review data, and study the sales of properties. Property owners will be notified of the new appraised values in the latter part of 2020 and the new values will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Currituck County is partnering with Tyler Technologies, an appraisal company hired by the county, to conduct the revaluation.  While in the field, county staff and Tyler employees will carry photo identification as proof that they are members of the revaluation team.

Each county in North Carolina is required by state law to conduct a property revaluation every eight years. The intent behind the law is to ensure that all taxpayers are treated equally in the taxation of real and personal property.

Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding the 2021 revaluation. If you have additional questions, contact the Currituck County Tax Department at 252-232-3005.

  • What is revaluation?  Revaluation is the periodic review of all real property to ensure that its value reflects current market prices and that taxation is fair and equitable.  State law requires every county to reassess its property tax values to 100% of market value at least once every eight years.  Current property assessments were established in Currituck County’s last revaluation, which took place in 2013.
  • How are property values set?  First, the location, size, view, road access, neighborhood amenities, topography, zoning, use, and all other factors that influence the value of the land are considered.  Second, the size, type, age, condition, and quality of construction of all homes and buildings are evaluated.  Third, recent property sales are studied.  Finally, schedules and rules are developed and approved that guide the appraisers in appraising each property.
  • Who is conducting the revaluation?  The reappraisal will be carried out through the cooperative and coordinated efforts of the Currituck County Tax Department and Tyler Technologies.  Tyler Technologies has assisted in the revaluation in at least 16 counties in North Carolina and at least 20 counties use their computer software for county assessments.
  • How will the revaluation affect my real estate taxes?  Even though values will decrease for many properties, that does not mean that property owners will pay less in taxes. In fact, many taxpayers will pay about the same, some will pay more, and some taxpayers will pay less. The amount of taxes an individual will have to pay will become clearer after the new tax rate is set.
  • How will the revaluation affect taxes on my personal property?  Taxes on personal property items such as cars, boats, mobiles homes, and business equipment will be affected by the new tax rate established after the revaluation.
  • What if I don’t agree with a new appraised value?  All property owners will have a right to an appeals process regarding an appraisal. Appeal forms will be attached to each notice of new appraised values sent to property owners.

LIEAP application period is still open

The Currituck County Department of Social Services is still accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).  The LIEAP program helps eligible families afford their primary heating expense by providing a one-time annual payment directly to their heating vendor, such as a power, gas, or fuel oil company.

  • Dec. 2 – Dec. 31, 2019 – Social Services will accept LIEAP applications for households containing a member age 60 and older or containing a disabled person (receiving SSI, SSA Disability or VA Disability payments), who is also receiving a service through the Department of Aging and Adult Services.
  • Jan. 2 – March 31, 2020 – Social Services will accept applications for all other households, unless funds have been exhausted.

Applicants are not required to bring anything with them to apply, however the following items will expedite the application process:

  • The account number or bill for their heating vendor.
  • Proof of all income for everyone living in the home.
  • Social Security numbers, if available.

For more information on LIEAP, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Census worker jobs still available

Temporary job opportunities are available for local citizens who would like to work during the 2020 United States Census process. Census workers are needed throughout the region, including in Currituck County.

Information on  Census employment opportunities for county residents is available online. These temporary positions include census takers, who help collect data from households in the local community.

The 2020 Census will allow citizens to respond in one of three ways:  online, over the phone, or by mail. There will only be 10 questions on the Census and each household is asked to participate. Greater participation can benefit Currituck County and the state of North Carolina in many ways. Census data is used to help allocate more than $675 billion from the federal government to state, county, and community programs. In addition, the state could gain additional seats in the House of Representatives based on the population figures determined by the Census.

Households will begin receiving information in mid-March on how to access the Census and provide a response. Additional reminders will be sent in late March and April. If a household doesn’t respond, Census takers will then visit homes in person with questionnaires.

 

Operation Santa serves more than 300 children

The 2019 Operation Santa Claus in Currituck County was a huge success! Because of the community’s generosity in making donations, more than 300 local children received presents for Christmas.

Operation Santa was directed by the Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS). Staff members coordinated with several local organizations to collect, organize, and deliver toys and clothes to children in Currituck County.

A final tally of $10,225 in monetary donations was made to Operation Santa by local businesses, community groups, and individuals. Several participants sponsored entire families by providing new toys and gift cards. Overall, a total of 320 children in Currituck County received Christmas presents because of Operation Santa!

“We want to thank all of the individuals who sponsored children and/or provided donations,” said Samantha Hurd, Director of Currituck County Social Services. “We’d also like to recognize and thank the organizations who sponsored multiple families.”

These organizations include Toys 4 Tots, Corolla Chapel, Salvation Army of Elizabeth City, Moyock Baptist Church, Moyock Animal Hospital, Hearts of Hope, Twiford Law Firm, Weeping Mary Church, Moyock United Methodist Church, Starbucks, Taylor’s Total Look Salon, Currituck YMCA, Shop With A Cop, and Towne Bank. In addition, the Currituck County Planning Department raised $1,500 for Operation Santa through a raffle contest.  Coastal Staffing Services’ Kathy McCullough-Testa and Rhonda Jatta made a donation of $1,000, and Hearts of Hope donated 1,500 stocking stuffers.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Operation Santa and helped all members of the community enjoy the Christmas holiday!

Below are  photos of the DSS staff and volunteers during Operation Santa:

  

Tourism staff receives achievement awards

The Currituck County Travel and Tourism Department was recently honored with two Tourism Achievement Awards from North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA) during its Tourism Leadership Conference in September.

The purpose of the Tourism Achievement Awards is to honor and showcase innovation, best practices, creativity, and the results accomplished through the travel industry’s marketing efforts. Currituck Travel & Tourism took home a platinum award in the Leisure Marketing category for its four distinct “Find Your…in Corolla” video commercials. Currituck also won a gold award in the Community Stakeholder Communication category for its video on the preservation of the historic working boats of Currituck County and the building of the Historic Currituck Maritime Museum.

Currituck competes for NCTIA awards against several large cities in the state, including Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.

“With this caliber of competition, we are doubly proud of these awards.  But most importantly, these honors could not have been achieved without the support of our residents and tourism partners and businesses that make this such a great destination to promote,” said Tameron Kugler, Currituck Travel and Tourism Director.

 Photo:  L-R, Kemberly Sawyer, Promo & Events Coordinator; Alex Perry,Videographer; Stuart Chamberlain, Marketing Director; and Mark Stone, Visit NC Marketing Director.

Fire engine receives paramedic designation

On Oct. 18 2019, the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) approved the designation of Advance Life Support (ALS) non-transport certification for the Currituck County fire engine stationed at the Knotts Island Fire Station.  The ALS certification allows the fire engine to carry the same life-saving equipment that is carried on the ALS ambulance.  The fire engine will have an assigned cross-trained firefighter/paramedic personnel. The highly specialized equipment carried on the engine includes:  cardiac monitor capable of 12-lead EKG; IV supplies; emergency pharmacy cardiac & pulmonary rescue medications; and intubation equipment to provide the ability to place a breathing tube for unconscious patients.

The fire engine up-grade will provide residents of Knotts Island an extra layer of emergency protection in the event the ambulance is already committed on another emergency.  Since Currituck County employees began staffing the fire station in November of 2018, there have been more than 20 separate emergencies when the ambulance was already committed on another situation.  On average, the Knotts Island Fire Station responds to 250 emergencies a year, with 180 of those calls including a medical emergency.

This is third certified ALS Fire Engine in Currituck County. The other two are in the Corolla fire district. The Corolla fire district has successfully resuscitated 8 patients from full cardiac arrest since implementing this capability. Currituck County has embraced the fire-based EMS model and is the only municipality in NE North Carolina to utilize this model. Fire-base EMS is a common service model with the fire departments in the Hampton Roads area.

 Pictured with the Knotts Island fire engine are (L) Firefighter Daniel Wottawa and (R) Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic Frank Russo.

County breaks ground on Maritime Museum

Members of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners and the Historic Boat and Building Advisory Board officially kicked off construction of the Maritime Museum during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Corolla. The museum’s site is located in Historic Corolla Park, near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

Commissioners Bob White, Mike Payment, Mary Etheridge, Owen Etheridge, and Selina Jarvis joined advisory board members, county staff, citizens, and officials from Sussex Development Corporation to celebrate the project’s beginning. Sussex Development, which has previously built other facilities in Currituck, is the lead contractor for the Maritime Museum.

The Maritime Museum will house historic boats, artifacts, and other displays that will tell the stories of local businesses and citizens who worked and played on the various waterways of Currituck County.  This facility will also add to the historical richness of Historic Corolla Park, which also includes the Whalehead Club, and help visitors learn more about the county’s unique heritage.

Updates and photos will be published occasionally during the building’s construction. The museum is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.