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Flood mitigation funding available for property owners

Currituck County Emergency Management can help arrange for citizens to receive funding to elevate their homes in order to lessen future damages from flooding. The county has access to a Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant, which helps property owners who have suffered severe repetitive loss or repetitive loss at their primary residence.

Severe repetitive loss is defined as four or more separate claims payments (buildings and contents) with the amount of each claim exceeding $5,000; or at least two separate claims (building only) with a cumulative amount exceeding the market value of the dwelling.

Repetitive loss is defined as two occasions in which the cost of repair equaled or exceeded 25% of the market value of the dwelling.

Applicants must have an active flood insurance policy and the property must be the applicant’s primary residence.

Interested citizens must contact Currituck County Emergency Management by Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.  Please call 252-232-2115 or email Rebecca Gay at rebecca.gay@currituckcountync.gov.

 

Operation Santa Receives Generous Donation

More people in Currituck County will receive gifts on Christmas Day thanks to a large donation given to the Department of Social Services (DSS) for the Operation Santa Claus program. A fundraising drive spearheaded by Joey Davidson raised $1,775 for Operation Santa, which aims to provide toys for local children and food baskets for senior citizens during the holidays.

Early in November, Davidson challenged county first-responders and citizens to donate toys or funds for Operation Santa.  On Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, Davidson presented a check to Samantha Hurd, DSS Director, and Heather Corbell, DSS Administrative Officer. Also present for the donation was Dawn Smith, a longtime volunteer with the Operation Santa program.

Photo:  Heather Corbell, Joey Davidson, Samantha Hurd, and Dawn Smith

“The Department of Social Services extends our sincere gratitude to all of the local businesses and private individuals for their generous contributions,” Hurd said. ” We especially want to recognize Joey Davidson and Dawn Smith for sharing their time and talents without any compensation.  Their passionate and dedicated efforts impact the community in an extraordinary way.  We could not do this without them.”

Applications for assistance from Operation Santa are being accepted until Dec. 7, 2018 at the DSS offices.  For more information, contact the office at 252-232-3083.

Citizens may learn how to make a donation to Operation Santa in the form of toys or gift cards.

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.

Social Services will begin accepting LIEAP applications on December 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 from January 2 – 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.

Operation Santa accepting donations, applications for assistance

The Currituck Department of Social Services is currently accepting applications and donations for the 2018 Operation Santa Claus.  This annual program helps provide gifts for local foster children, elderly or disabled adults, and families with children who may need a little extra assistance during the holidays.

Applications for assistance will be accepted until Friday, December 7, 2018.  Absolutely NO late applications will be accepted. If you currently receive benefits from Currituck DSS, no verification will be required with your application.  If you do not currently receive benefits, call Social Services at 252-232-3083 for details on what information you will have to provide.

Donations to Operation Santa Claus may be made in the following ways:

  • Donate money or gift cards which will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children and disabled adult wards.
  • Donate food or money for the Food Baskets for the Elderly program.
  • Sponsor a family with children in Currituck County by providing gifts to a specific family. Contact Dawn Smith at 252-267-1140 or email dawnsmith252@gmail.com.  She will also accept donations of new toys.

Checks should be made payable to “Currituck County” and mailed to:

Currituck County Department of Social Services
153 Courthouse Rd., Suite 400
Currituck, North Carolina  27929.

Donations may also be made at the Social Services office during business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Please contact DSS at 252-232-3083 if you have any questions.

Currituck hosts state transportation officials

Currituck County welcomed high-ranking officials of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 for a discussion on local transportation needs.  Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, and Jonathan Arnold, Deputy Director/Manager of Airport Development, along with NCDOT Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings, met with elected officials and county staff at the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Community Park.

The meeting afforded Currituck County an opportunity to promote certain transportation projects and discuss future improvements to the local transportation infrastructure.  Projects desired by Currituck County include a rehabilitation of the runway at Currituck Regional Airport, replacement of the airport’s runway lights, continued improvements to the Highway 158/168 corridor, and construction of the Mid-Currituck Bridge.  The county also discussed Connect Currituck, a long-range plan to improve the connectivity of neighborhoods on mainland Currituck through the use of pedestrian sidewalks and trails, as well as continued expansion of the Corolla Greenway multi-use pedestrian and bicycling path that runs along NC 12 on the Outer Banks.

Currituck County Commissioners Mike Payment and Paul Beaumont spoke to the need of NCDOT becoming an active partner with the county to help fund improvement projects so Currituck is able to keep up with future growth.  A short video, prepared by county staff, featured Commissioner Bobby Hanig speaking to the many modes of transportation available in Currituck and the need to ease traffic congestion on Highway 158/168 during the peak summer vacation season.  County officials and staff also stressed the need to be proactive in regards to county growth, economic development, and the successful tourism industry.

Dr. Robert Wynegar, President of the College of the Albemarle, was present to help highlight the successful partnership of Currituck County and COA in providing job training courses in aviation-related fields at the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center.  Following the discussion, Mrs. White and Mr. Arnold toured the facility to see first-hand the opportunities available for local students.

Currituck County enjoys a wide-ranging transportation system that includes the five-lane Highway 158/168, Currituck Regional Airport, NCDOT’s Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry, Intracoastal Waterway, four-wheel drive sand roads in Carova, and the Corolla Greenway. In addition, a railroad line provides a shipping option for local businesses.  Currituck’s long-range plans will continue to address improvements in all modes of the transportation system in order to safely and effectively move citizens and visitors throughout the county.

          

 

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.

General Election: Link to results

The General Election was held on November 6, 2018.

Results are provided by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Currituck County offices on the ballot included Board of Commissioners At-Large, Board of Commissioners District 3, Board of Commissioners District 5, Clerk of Superior Court, Sheriff, Board of Education At-Large, Board of Education Crawford Township, Board of Education Poplar Branch Township, and Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.

If you have any questions related to the General Election, contact the Currituck Board of Elections office at 252-232-2525.

Contact agencies for Florence donations and volunteers

Any local citizen or community group who wishes to help state residents affected by Hurricane Florence, either by making a donation or volunteering their time, should coordinate their efforts beforehand with one of several organizations currently accepting aid.  This will help ensure that donations and volunteers are used in the most effective manner and in the areas of greatest need.

Monetary donations are often the best way for citizens to help in disaster recovery.  One method to do so is through the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.  All funds are managed by the N.C. state government and used directly for disaster relief.

People who wish to volunteer in an affected area should first make arrangements with a specific county’s Emergency Management office or through a relief agency. It is not safe to simply show up on your own and try to help without being part of an organized relief effort.  Many counties and agencies are utilizing volunteers, so please call first and make the necessary arrangements before traveling to an affected area.

Below is a listing of counties and organizations that have requested aid in Hurricane Florence recovery.  If you have any questions about these agencies or how to best provide aid, contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

 

Locally, the Currituck County Senior Center has a drop box located in its lobby for donations of toiletries, shelf stable foods (cans must have pop-tops), cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products. Items are being collected until Sept. 26.  Then, the Albemarle Commission will deliver the collected goods to the region affected by Hurricane Florence. For more information, contact the Currituck Senior Center at 252-232-3505.

Weekend work on bridge delayed to help traffic flow

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners received confirmation from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that repair and resurfacing work on the Wright-Memorial Bridge will not take place on weekends in the near future.  This agreement ensures that traffic crossing the bridge on weekends will flow in a normal manner.

Currituck’s Board of Commissioners made a special request that NCDOT delay allowing its contractor to resume weekend operations in order to prevent lengthy traffic backups on Hwy. 158 for county residents and vacationers.  Per its contract with NCDOT, the contractor resumed weekend hours on Sept. 22-23, 2018.  However, the lane closures implemented for the repair work resulted in significant traffic backups and delays on Hwy. 158 throughout the weekend.

NCDOT has not yet announced when its contractor may resume its weekend hours. That information will be provided for the public as soon as it is available from NCDOT.

Citizens encouraged to report Florence damage online

Currituck County has a new online feature for reporting storm damages and residents are encouraged to use this system in order to speed up the process for Inspections appointments and help the county provide information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Residents should report any damages to structures or instances of floodwaters encroaching into living space inside homes.

This information will determine whether Currituck County is eligible for federal disaster assistance and make recover loans available to citizens as soon as possible.  If you have any questions on using this program, contact Currituck Inspections at 252-232-3378.