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Citizens Age 65 & Up May Call for Vaccine Registration

Currituck County Government is working with Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) to identify county residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Group 1 and Group 2 of North Carolina’s vaccine plan. ARHS oversees the local distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and Currituck County has established a call center to help county residents arrange for a vaccination. Currently, residents age 65 and older may call to register if they would like to receive a vaccination.

Any Currituck County resident age 65 and older, who has not already registered with the health department, may call 252-232-2115 to provide their name and contact information.  The call center will be open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Currituck County will provide ARHS with a daily updated list of registrations and ARHS staff will subsequently contact each person to schedule a vaccination.

*If you previously registered for a vaccination but missed your appointed clinic, please call again to register your information and get back on the list!

Citizens can find information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine on the ARHS website, at http://www.arhs-nc.org.

Corolla Projects to Improve Water System and Public Access Points

Citizens and motorists in Corolla should be aware of two county improvement projects being initiated in January. One project will upgrade the county’s water infrastructure, while the other addresses certain public beach access points. During this construction period, citizens should be alert to possible traffic delays, construction equipment, and work crews in the area and use caution.

Raw Water Main:   Beginning the week of January 18, Currituck County will begin upgrades to its raw water main line that serves the reverse osmosis water treatment plant.  This involves installing a new 16” water main pipe to provide additional flow from the county wells to the Southern Outer Banks Water Plant.  The project area will be located within the NC DOT right of way of NC Hwy 12 and Albacore Street starting at the water plant at 734 Ocean Trail. It will run along the east side of NC Hwy 12 to Albacore Street and then along the south side of Albacore Street to Corolla Drive.  The project is due to be completed by May 2021.

Whalehead Public Beach Access Walkovers:  Starting in the next two weeks, construction of three new walkovers will begin in the Whalehead subdivision.  This is Phase I of a multi-year project to replace 13 public access walkovers due to age and deterioration. Barracuda, Perch, and Sailfish walkovers, all located on Lighthouse Drive in Corolla, will be the first three walkovers to be replaced.   Phase I of this project is due to be completed by May 2021. During the next few months, please be alert to construction crews and equipment along Lighthouse Drive.

State & Local COVID Vaccination Information

North Carolina Health and Human Services provides useful information on the COVID-19 vaccination. Citizens can learn about the safety of the vaccine, planned phases of implementation, vaccination data, frequently asked questions, and more.
Locally, the COVID vaccination program is directed by Albemarle Regional Health Services. For the latest information on upcoming COVID vaccination clinics or testing, citizens may:
  • Visit the ARHS website
  • Call the ARHS main office in Elizabeth City at 252-338-4400
  • Call the ARHS health department branch in Currituck County at 252-232-2271.

Apply for Energy Bill Assistance Online at ePASS

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that, beginning January 4, households can apply for the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) online at https://epass.nc.gov.

Applying online at ePASS helps make it easy and convenient to apply for these programs in a safe and socially distance way. Applicants can also call the Currituck County Department of Social Services to apply by calling 252-232-3083, or print a paper application from the ePASS website to mail, fax, or drop off at the Currituck DSS office.

CIP applications will be accepted until June 30, 2021 or until funds are exhausted. To be eligible for the CIP program, a household must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Meet the income test.
  • Have an energy related crisis.
  • Have a utility statement that shows how much is owed to alleviate the crisis.
  • Must have a health related or life threatening emergency.

LIEAP applications will be accepted from Jan. 4, 2021 to March 31, 2021 or until funds are exhausted. To be eligible for the LIEAP program, a household must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Have income equal to or less than 130% of the federal poverty limit.
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts and cash on hand, at or below $2,250.
  • Be responsible for their heating cost.

For more information on the energy programs and eligibility, visit the CIP and LIEAP websites.

 


Nov. 12, 2020:

The Currituck County Department of Social Services announces that the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will begin December 1, 2020 for those age 60 or older, or for those disabled and receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

There are some changes this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some households will receive automatic payments and will not need to apply for the LIEAP program. A payment will be automatically sent to their heating vendor.

The following requirements must be met for the automatic payment:

  • Households with persons aged 60 or older, OR
  • Households with disabled individuals receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services, AND
  • Currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services, AND
  • Received LIEAP during the 2019-2020 LIEAP season.

Those potentially eligible for the automated payment will receive a notice in mid-November informing them they are eligible for the automatic payment. If there are any changes since last season, such as change in heating vendor, address, etc., please make the necessary changes on the notice and immediately return to the Department of Social Services, or call Social Services at 252-232-3083 to report the changes.

If you are 60 or older OR disabled & receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services and you do not meet these specifications, you may apply by telephone, mail, fax, or you can drop off applications to the Department of Social Services from December 1 – 31.

Applications for all other households will be taken beginning January 2, 2021 by telephone, mail, FAX, drop off, or on-line via ePASS at www.epass.nc.gov. You do not need to come to Social Services to apply.

Please call the Social Services office at 252-232-3083 if you have questions, would like to apply, or to have an application mailed to you.  Applications may also be picked up at the DSS office inside the front door, located at 2793 Caratoke Hwy, Currituck, NC, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. A drop box is located outside the front door of the DSS building and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Convenience Site Decal Requirement Effective in 2021

Beginning on January 1, 2021, county residents must have a new solid waste permit decal displayed on their vehicle’s windshield when utilizing one of Currituck’s convenience centers. Citizens will receive these decals when they receive their property tax bill. Two decals are included in the mailing of each property tax bill from the Currituck County Tax Office.

The purpose behind this permit program is to help ensure that only Currituck County residents are disposing of wastes at the convenience sites. Financially, the county incurs a cost for the transport of solid wastes. This program will help prevent non-resident and commercial users from driving up that cost by illegally using the convenience centers.

The decal is not a sticker, but a static cling that will not leave adhesive residue on the windshield. Decals should be applied to the inside of the vehicle’s windshield in the lower corner on the driver’s side.

A list of convenience center locations is available here.

Elected Commissioners Sworn In to Board

Four members of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners who were reelected in the General Election were administered the Oath of Office for their new term on Monday, December 7.  Commissioners Paul Beaumont, Mary Etheridge, Selena Jarvis, and Bob White were sworn in by Ray Matusko, Clerk of Superior Court, to begin a four-term.

These four members join fellow Commissioners Owen Etheridge, Kevin McCord, and Mike Payment, who were not up for reelection this year, to comprise Currituck County’s seven-member governing body.

During the meeting, the Board also elected new officers for the coming year. Mike Payment was chosen to serve as Chairman and Paul Beaumont was selected as Vice-Chairman.

Top Left:  Selena Jarvis;  Top Right:  Mary Etheridge and Bob White; Bottom Left:  Paul Beaumont

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Center Adds Drive-Up Meal Service, Holiday Event, and Pickleball

The Currituck Senior Center now offers a drive-up meal service at its facility in Community Park, in Barco. Meals will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week to county residents age 60 and older. Participants must register for this program in advance and some restrictions do apply. Contact the Currituck Senior Center for more information at 252-232-3505.

In addition to the drive-up meal service, the Currituck Senior Center will continue its regular home-delivered meals program to local senior citizens.

Special Holiday Event:  On Tuesday, Dec. 8 the Currituck Senior Center will host a holiday drive-up event. Senior citizens, age 55 and older, will receive a box of shelf-stable food items, a bag of COVID safety items, and a special holiday gift from the Senior Center. Only 100 of these packages are available, so senior citizens must register for this event by calling the Senior Center at 252-232-3505.

Pickleball:  The Senior Center and Currituck Parks & Recreation will offer Pickleball in a limited capacity beginning on Dec. 7. Playing days will be on Monday and Wednesday of each week, and pre-registration for each day is required by calling the Senior Center at 252-232-3505 on the Friday before each week.

2020 Operation Santa Information

Please consider supporting the 2020 Operation Santa Claus program, facilitated by the Currituck County Department of Social Services. This annual program provides Christmas presents for local children, Currituck children in foster care, and food baskets for senior citizens. Each donation is tax deductible and all proceeds will benefit citizens of Currituck County.

Individuals, community groups, and businesses can participate in Operation Santa in any of these ways:

  • Sponsor a family with children by purchasing new, unwrapped gifts for the children. Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or via email at operation.santa@currituckcountync.gov.
  • Donate new, unwrapped toys. You may drop these off at our front desk during business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or via email at operation.santa@currituckcountync.gov.
  • Donate money or gift cards to be used by DSS staff to purchase Christmas gifts for children. These donations can be made at our front desk during business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We also accept donations via our mailing address: 153 Courthouse Road, Suite 400, Currituck, NC 27929. Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.
  • Donate food, money or gift cards to the Food Baskets for the Elderly program. Contact Carla Mebane at 252-232-6039 or email carla.mebane@currituckcountync.gov

Referral Organizations:  If you are an independent organization and would like to receive referrals from us to help children in need through your own program, please contact  Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or send a message via email to operation.santa@currituckcountync.gov

The application period for families requesting assistance closed on Nov. 6. For more information, contact Currituck DSS at 252-232-3083.

Thank you to everyone in the community who can help other Currituck County citizens have a happy holiday season. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Prevent Water Cutoffs with a Customer Payment Plan

Customers of the Currituck County Water Department are strongly encouraged to establish a payment plan if they fall behind on utility bill payments.  Signing up for a payment plan with the Water Department will help prevent the disconnection of water and sewer service.

Beginning this week, the Water Department will start hanging warning notices on the front doorknobs at properties that are behind on water payments and facing a disconnection of service. These warning notices will inform the resident that they have ONE WEEK until their water service is turned off.

To prevent a disconnection, the water customer must do one of the following before the one week warning period expires:

  • Pay their utility bill in full; or
  • Contact the Water Department at 252-232-2769 and set up a payment plan.

Currituck County is required to collect payment for its water and sewer service and cannot waive missed payments for customers. However, the county will work with citizens on establishing fair payment plans in order to prevent service cutoffs.

Earlier this year, NC Gov. Roy Cooper ordered that utility customers who missed payments could not have their service interrupted because many families and individuals in North Carolina suffered financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, these executive orders are no longer in effect.

North Carolina has established a fund to provide financial assistance to eligible citizens for their utility bills and rent payments. The HOPE Program (Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions) is accepting applications from state residents online or by telephone at 1-888-892-1162. The HOPE Program can provide up to six months of past due utility payments.

If you have any questions regarding your billing or setting up a payment plan, contact the Currituck County Water Department at 252-232-2769.

Schaecher Named NC’s Top Building Inspector

Ron Schaecher, a member of the Currituck County Planning and Community Development staff, has received the Building Inspector of the Year award from the North Carolina Building Inspector’s Association.  Ron was notified of this honor on October 9, 2020.

Each year, this award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves through their dedication and professionalism, standing out as a role model within the organization and their community. This award is NCBIA’s second highest award and given to a person who has worked to maintain the highest standards of excellence as a NC Building Code Official.

Ron has been employed with the Currituck County Planning & Community Development Department since December 2014. Prior to joining the county staff, Ron was a licensed general contractor with more than 20 years experience in the building construction industry. Congratulations!