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Heritage Festival set for September

The 2018 Currituck Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Currituck Rural Center from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The People’s Choice Pulled Pork BBQ Competition will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and will support the Currituck Kids non-profit.  Only 500 tickets will be sold for guests to try delicious BBQ and local recipes. Admission to the BBQ competition will be $10.

Gates for the rodeo will open at 6:00 p.m., with the rodeo being held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Moyock Welcome Center or by calling 252-435-2947.

Activities hosted by the Cooperative Extension include the Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale and the 4-H Youth Rabbit Show. For more information on these activities, contact Cooperative Extension at 252-232-2261.

Additional activities for guests include kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, mechanical bull, local vendors, music, and more.  For complete information, visit 2018 Currituck Heritage Festival.

Text system alerts public to swimming hazards

Currituck County has established a new opt-in text messaging alert system for swimming conditions in Corolla and Carova.  Citizens may join this free service to receive a text message if a hazardous condition is present that affects swimming.  Examples include red flags, rip currents, or bacterial contamination.  Alerts will only be sent out when there is a hazardous condition.

To opt into the system, citizens should text SAFECOROLLA to 888777.

Currituck assessing need for mosquito spraying

Currituck County is currently assessing the need for mosquito spraying throughout the county following several days of rain and localized flooding.  A contractor hired by the county is monitoring mosquito traps at locations in all geographic areas of Currituck County to evaluate the number and type of mosquitoes present.  Not all mosquito types carry disease, and the contractor is working to identify whether any possible disease-carrying mosquitoes may be in Currituck County.

By recommendation of the contractor, Currituck County has not yet initiated mosquito spraying due to the possibility of continued rain in the next few days.  For best results, spraying is performed when dry weather is predicted because mosquito larvae typically begin hatching a week after a rainy period ends.

Citizens may report mosquitoes to 1-800-413-4445.  If citizens notice large numbers of mosquitoes in a certain area, that information can help the contractor place traps in a more effective manner.

The mosquito traps will continue to be monitored on a weekly basis and a decision to begin spraying will be made based upon trap assessments and weather predictions.  Any decision to spray for mosquitoes in Currituck County will be announced to the public when that information is available.

Superior Court denies injunction on beach parking permit

In Currituck County Superior Court on July 30, 2018, Superior Court Judge Jeffery Foster denied a preliminary injunction request from plaintiffs Sandra Schneiler and the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association.  The plaintiffs sought an injunction prohibiting Currituck County’s enforcement of a county ordinance requiring parking permits on the county’s off-road area beach.

The Board of Commissioners adopted the ordinance on March 5, 2018, with the goal of enhancing public safety.  The four-wheel drive beach strand is a popular area shared by many vehicles and pedestrians.  The permit system is designed to control the number of vehicles on the beach and increase safety along the shoreline for pedestrians.  County residents and property owners receive free parking permits, while visitors can obtain permits for a fee.

On June 21, 2018, the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association filed a lawsuit claiming the Currituck County ordinance violates a section of the North Carolina constitution regarding special privileges.  The group claims it is illegal for the county to allow its residents to park on the beach for free while requiring visitors to pay for their permits.

Currituck County must file its legal response to the lawsuit by August 20, 2018.  Updates on this case will be provided as information becomes available.

New N.C. flood maps available online for review

Citizens may view new flood maps provided by the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program, which is part of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.  In Currituck County, the maps show a significant change in the number of structures located in a special flood hazard area.

Citizens should be aware that even though property is no longer within an identified flood zone, it is still at risk because Currituck County is in a low-lying coastal area.  Property owners in Currituck are encouraged to consider maintaining flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Floodplain Mapping Program’s study of the flood hazard risk in Currituck County includes coastal storm surge data and coastline surveys.  The study includes 29 miles of coastline and 93.5 miles of rivers.  According to the results, Currituck County has a significant decrease in the number of properties located within the 100-year floodplain.

In Currituck, the number of “V-Zone” properties, those within the 100-year floodplain that are susceptible to potential damage from waves that are 3′ or greater, fell from 1,097 to 126.  Overall, the number of “A-Zone” properties, those within the 100-year floodplain, fell from 7,020 to 2,767.

If you would more information on local flood hazards or the National Flood Insurance Program, please contact the Currituck Planning Department at 252-232-3055.

Online bill pay often slower through third-party vendors

Citizens who make online bill payments to Currituck County should be aware that payments made through a third-party vendor may be much slower than paying directly through the county’s online payment tool. The Currituck Finance Department encourages all citizens to utilize the bill-pay feature found on the Currituck County homepage at http://co.currituck.nc.us.

From the county’s homepage, citizens will be linked to Currituck County Citizen Self Service online payment site at https://currituck.munisselfservice.com/citizens/default.aspx.

When using the Currituck County Citizen Self Service tool, there are no credit card fees for building permits or utility payments.  However, a fee is charged for E-Check payments and for tax payments.  Citizens will only need a log-in when paying for a building permit.  Tax or utility payments will not require a log-in.

Frequently, third-party vendors pop up in search engines when a citizen searches for online payments to Currituck County. Examples include https://www.doxo.com/bill-pay/currituck-county-water-dept-nc and https://www.doxo.com/info/currituck-county-water-dept-nc.

Vendors may send payments to Currituck County through the U.S. Postal Service, resulting in a delay in the county receiving the payment.  Currituck County staff does not have access to third-party processors and cannot process the payment until the vendor’s check is received in the mail.

Currituck County will accept payments from third-party vendors and citizens may use them if they are convenient for their needs.  But the public is advised that these vendors are in no way affiliated with Currituck County.  Citizens should pay attention to the URL they are accessing if they use a search engine.

Anyone with questions regarding bill payments may contact the Currituck Finance Department at 252-232-2381.

OBX swimming advisory has been lifted

The North Carolina Recreational Water Quality Program has lifted a swimming advisory it had issued on July 25, 2018 for the coastal waters in and around Currituck and Dare counties due to the possibility of excessive bacteria in the water.  This advisory was due to recent high rainfall and the pumping of floodwaters into the ocean.  The pumping of floodwater is currently underway in portions of Currituck and Dare counties.

Citizens are advised to not swim or play in floodwaters or in the ocean where the pumping operations are discharging floodwaters into the ocean.  Please do not allow children to play in floodwaters at any location.

Chamber donation supports Senior Center’s “Meals on Wheels”

The Currituck Senior Nutrition Program recently received a generous donation of $1,943.59 from the Currituck Chamber of Commerce to support “Meals on Wheels” for local senior citizens! This program provides home-delivery of a nutritious, daily meal to seniors who may be unable to shop or cook for themselves.

These funds were raised during the Chamber’s Spring Social event. Thank you to the Currituck Chamber of Commerce for being a great partner with the county!

If you would like information on volunteering to help deliver Meals on Wheels, please contact the Currituck Senior Center at 252-232-3505.

Remember: Beach driving air-down ordinance in effect

Beachgoers who drive onto the four-wheel drive beach in Corolla must be aware that Currituck County’s air-down ordinance is in effect. Motorists must lower the air pressure in their tires before accessing the beach from N.C. 12 in Corolla. According to the ordinance, no person shall drive onto the beach with tires containing air pressure greater that 20 p.s.i. in each tire.

Prior to accessing the beach, motorists should pull off of N.C. 12 to air-down their tires at the public beach access facility located on Corolla Village Rd. This facility is located on the east side of N.C. 12.

After leaving the beach, motorists may inflate tires at Historic Corolla Park, which is located on the west side of N.C. 12. After entering the park’s main entrance, turn right into the first parking lot. New air stations have been installed by the county and are located near the picnic pavilion. These air pumps are free for public use.

Beickert sworn-in as Currituck Sheriff

Following the retirement of Sheriff Susan Johnson, Matt Beickert was sworn-in as Sheriff on June 1, 2018, during a ceremony at the courthouse. Johnson retired after 18 years as Sheriff, and the Board of Commissioners appointed Beickert as her replacement.

Beickert, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 21 years, was sworn-in by Ray Matusko, Clerk of Superior Court.  Prior to his appointment, Beickert was the Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office under Johnson

During the ceremony, Matusko also administered the oath of office for the following positions in the Sheriff’s Office: Jeff Walker as Chief Deputy; Jaymes Holden as Captain; and David Castelow as Captain. Congratulations to each on their accomplishments!