County schedules household hazardous waste collection

Currituck County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on Saturday, April 13, rain or shine. There will be two collection points set up where county residents and property owners may safely dispose of unwanted items.

  • Judicial Center in Currituck, at 2801 Caratoke Hwy, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Southern OBX Water Plant in Corolla, at 734 Ocean Trail, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Typical household hazardous waste items to be collected include:  aerosols, antifreeze (and other automotive fluids), household batteries, fire extinguishers, propane tanks (camp and grill), alkaline and acidic cleaners, pool chemicals, fertilizers, weed and feed, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, oil-based paints, wood filler, adhesives, caulk, mercury including thermometers, thermostats and debris, and florescent light tubes.

Unacceptable items include:  latex paint, business waste, explosives, ammunition, radioactive material, smoke detectors, unknown gas or chemicals, prescription drugs, asbestos, bio-hazardous waste, infectious waste, needles, or syringes.

Currituck County is partnering with EcoFlo, Inc. to operate the collection sites. EcoFlo reserves the right to refuse any waste deemed unsafe to handle or unsuitable for the collection. For additional information, contact Currituck Public Works at 252-232-2504.

State releases information on March FNS benefits

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the following information on Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits:

  • Active Food and Nutrition Services households will receive their March FNS benefits between March 1 and March 3, 2019.
  • In the coming months, DHHS will work to get families and individuals back on their regular issuance schedules.
  • Benefits received by the household do not have to be used by the end of March. Households have one year to use benefits loaded onto their EBT Cards.
  • Families should budget their benefits for buying food wisely.
  • If individuals or families run out of food, they should contact their county department of social services to find out about other resources available within the community.

Because of the federal shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina DHHS is continuing to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits. There is no change in the amount of benefits available to beneficiaries due to the schedule changes.

Households can contact the NC EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328 with questions about their March benefits. The Currituck County Department of Social Services can be reached at 252-232-3083.

Currituck receives $1M Golden Leaf grant

Currituck County received notification of a $1 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation to help fund an expansion of the Moyock wastewater treatment plant. This expansion will increase the plant’s capacity from a current level of 99,000 gpd (gallons per day) to 300,000 gpd.  Construction of the expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Read more about the Golden Leaf grant and expansion project on ThinkCurrituck, the county’s Economic Development website.

Currituck selected to host summer softball state tournament

Currituck County has been selected to host the 2019 Tarheel Softball State Tournament this summer!  From July 18-21, tournament games will be held at the Parks and Recreation complex at Community Park in Barco. A total of 32 youth softball teams from all parts of the state are expected to converge on Currituck County, bringing hundreds of players, coaches, family members, and fans to the area.

Four age groups will compete for championships, including 8U (8 and under), 10U, 12U, and 15U.  Currituck County expects to have teams entered in the 8U and 10U divisions as automatic bids from the host county.  The Tarheel Softball League divides the state into seven districts, with the winner of each district invited to the state tournament.

Opening ceremonies for the Tarheel State Tournament will be held on Thursday, July 18.  The public is invited to come out and support our local teams while enjoying the large tournament-style atmosphere in Community Park.

With a busy tournament schedule for 2019, Currituck’s baseball and softball complex continues to bring more people to Currituck, provides a boost for local businesses, and increases the exposure of potential guests for the tourism industry. For more information on upcoming tournaments, contact Currituck Parks and Recreation at 252-232-3007.

Seeking citizens comments on new development fee proposal

As a result of the passage of North Carolina General Statute 162A Article 8 (Article 8) signed into law on July 20, 2017 and amended on June 22,

2018, Currituck County hired Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. to develop a cost-justified water and wastewater system development fee analysis.

System development fees are one-time charges assessed to new water and/or wastewater customers, or developers or builders, to recover a proportional share of capital costs incurred to provide service availability and capacity for new customers.

Under the new law, the County is required to solicit comments from business, residents and property owners for 45 days prior to the public hearing. We are accepting citizen comments until Wednesday, March 27, 2019 and the public hearing will be at the April 1, 2019 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Please take a few minutes to leave your comments on the written analysis or the proposed system development fee schedule.

Operation Santa helps more than 500 local children

Thanks to widespread community support, the 2018 Operation Santa Claus provided Christmas gifts to hundreds of local children in Currituck County.   In addition, the program delivered food baskets to many senior citizens in the county.

Operation Santa Claus, directed by the Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS), raised a total of $15,234.13 in Christmas assistance funding for children and an additional $1,886 for disabled adults. Through a combination of financial contributions, donated goods, and partnership with Toys for Tots, Operation Santa provided Christmas presents to 539 children in Currituck County. Operation Santa also received enough donations from local businesses and citizens to provide food baskets for 30 senior citizens.

“DSS would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the local businesses and private individuals for their generous donations,” said Samantha Hurd, Currituck DSS Director. “We would also like to acknowledge several volunteers who shared their time and talents without any compensation, including Dawn Smith, Joey Davidson, Nathan Large, Clint Blandford, and Ardell Waterfield.

The Toys for Tots program provided a huge assistance to Operation Santa Claus by helping to gather toy donations and arrange gifts for children. Two very successful toy drives were also arranged by Davidson and Large, and Large was instrumental in helping Operation Santa solicit monetary donations from the community.

Currituck County thanks everyone who made a donation and volunteered their time to Operation Santa Claus in order to help everyone in our community enjoy the holidays!

911 telecommunicator talks couple through roadside delivery

In the early morning hours of January 31, 2019, Currituck County 911 telecommunicator Brandi Leary calmly provided expert direction to a couple as they delivered their newborn son while parked in their car on the side of Highway 168 in Moyock.  The couple was traveling north through Currituck when they realized the woman’s contractions were very close together and that delivery was imminent.  Knowing they couldn’t get to a hospital in time, the father called 9-1-1 as he was driving.

Leary, a 4-year veteran of Currituck’s 911 Communications staff, handled the call with great skill and composure. While fellow telecommunicator Taylor Rolling immediately dispatched an ambulance from Currituck Emergency Medical Services, Leary instructed the couple of pull over to a safe location.

By the time Leary answered the call, the baby’s head was already visible to the parents. She provided step-by-step directions and the baby boy was born at 4:32 a.m. Leary continued to give instructions for the parents to care for the baby while the ambulance was in route.  Leary could hear the baby crying in the background and her calm, reassuring demeanor on the phone helped comfort the couple, especially the mother, as they waited for the ambulance to arrive and take the family to a hospital. Once paramedics were on scene, Leary congratulated the couple and ended the call.

This is the first time a telecommunicator has talked someone through a complete delivery since Currituck 911 became an emergency medical dispatch center in 2003. This happy ending is a wonderful example of how Currituck County is served by a well-trained and highly capable staff of 911 telecommunicators.   Congratulations to everyone involved!

(By request of the family, the names of the parents and their baby son are not being publicized.)

LIEAP helps local families with heating bills

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps eligible families with 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.

The Department of Social Services began accepting LIEAP applications on Dec. 3, 2018 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.

Applications for all other households will be taken until March 29, 2019 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, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Board selects Jarvis to fill vacant commissioner seat

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners, on January 14, 2019, appointed Selina Jarvis to fill its vacant District 2 seat. This vacancy was created when former commissioner Bobby Hanig resigned in early December after winning election to the North Carolina House of Representatives. Jarvis, a teacher in the Currituck County school system, will complete the remainder of Hanig’s term, which expires in December of 2020.

Currituck kicks off development of Public Safety Center

Currituck County recently met with Sussex Development Corporation to launch the design phase for development of the Currituck Public Safety Center.  This project will include an approximately 47,600 square foot building, with construction to begin in the late summer or fall of 2019.

The Public Safety Center is targeted for completion in late 2020 with an approximate project budget of $18 million.  It will house the Currituck County departments of Sheriff, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, and 911 Communications. The building will also include multi-functional space to be used as the county’s Emergency Operations Center when necessary.  In addition, the facility will provide offices for N.C. State Highway Patrol and N.C. Forestry staff based in Currituck County as well as educational space for College of the Albemarle’s public safety program.

Construction will take place in Currituck Community Park, at a building site east of Currituck Regional Airport and north of the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center.  A separate pre-engineered metal building, of approximately 13,800 square feet, will provide storage and training space for the center’s various departments.

Sussex Development Corporation, which previously built the YMCA facility and the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County, was selected as the lead firm to oversee design and construction of the Public Safety Center.  Sussex has chosen Boomerang Design to serve as the project’s architectural firm.  Boomerang also worked with Sussex on the design for the Aviation and Technical Training Center.

Updates on the progress of the Public Safety Center will be provided throughout the project.