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Early voting and General Election information

The General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.  On election day, all voting sites in Currituck County will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The One-Stop early voting period is October 17 to November 3.

The final day to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail is October 30.  All absentee ballots by mail must be returned to the Board of Elections office by November 6.

Currituck County offices on the ballot include 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.  View a sample ballot.

View a list of voting locations in Currituck County for each precinct.

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

Operation Santa Claus now 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.

Bulls & BBQ rescheduled to November

The Currituck Bulls & BBQ special event is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Rural Center.  This event was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

From 1:00 – 7:00 pm, guests can enjoy a barbecue cook-off competition, mechanical bull-riding, children’s activities, cornhole tournament, food vendors, and more. The rodeo will begin at 5:00 pm.

Ticket and full event information can be found at VisitCurrituck.com.

 

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.

 

Fire-EMS receives $1M grant

Currituck County Fire & Emergency Medical Services was awarded a $995,000 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help purchase new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs) for all fire departments in the Currituck County. This will allow all firefighters to use the same lifesaving equipment, help to standardize fire-ground operations as well as fire training, and allow the county to purchase individual SCBA face masks for each firefighter as part of their firefighting ensemble.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is designed to assist communities in the purchase of emergency fire-related equipment. This year’s program was funded with $375 million dollars:  Currituck County submitted the grant in March and it passed a rigorous and comprehensive review process. AFG receives approximately 2 billion dollars in requests per year. Applications are assessed on locality needs and are weighed against other grant requests received.

SCBAs are the lifeline for firefighters, providing the respiratory protection necessary to allow firefighters to safely enter buildings that are on fire with conditions of smoke and high heat. Currently, Currituck has three different types of SCBAs that are not compatible with each other. Firefighters also have previously had to share SCBA face pieces with one another, which is unsanitary and not optimal. One SCBA costs approximately $6,500, with an additional $400 for each SCBA air tank.  Currituck County plans to purchase 170 units.

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.

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.