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Tourism event grant applications due by April 15

The Department of Travel and Tourism offers a business event grant program to help local community groups, non-profit organizations, and tourism-related businesses draw visitors to our county. This focuses on assisting non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses to produce quality events.

Grants awarded to individual events will not exceed $20,000. Individual organizations and businesses can receive more than one grant per fiscal year, but the totals for the grants cannot exceed $20,000.

Applications are due by April 15.  Criteria include:

  • Applicant must be in Currituck County or partnering with a Currituck County applicant.
  • Applicant must meet with Tourism Director.
  • Additional consideration will be given to shoulder and off season events.
  • Majority of attendees must be from outside Currituck County.
  • Applications accepted March 1 to April 15 for events beginning on or after July 1.
  • The Tourism Advisory Board will evaluate and recommend funding awards to the TDA.
  • Application must receive the majority vote of the TDA for final approval.

For more information, contact the Travel and Tourism Department at 252-435-2947.

Revaluation notices on way to property owners

The Currituck County Tax Department will soon be mailing revaluation notices to property owners.  These new property values are the result of the revaluation and assessment process that was performed in 2020.

Tracy Sample, Currituck County Tax Administrator, provides helpful information in this new video about the revaluation and gives property owners an idea of what to expect. If you have any questions after watching the video, contact the Tax office at 252-232-3005.

First COVID vaccination shots open by appointment

First shots of the COVID vaccination offered by Albemarle Regional Health Services are now available by appointment at local health departments.

  • First Dose Vaccinations:  ARHS is now accepting appointments for first dose vaccines at local health departments. Appointments will be available to residents of the eight-county region who are 18 and older. The Currituck County Health Department may be reached at 252-232-2271.
  • Second Dose Drive-Thru Clinic:  Tuesday, April 6, Maple Park near YMCA building, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. for individuals who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on or before March 11.

How To Find a Vaccine Clinic –

  • Vaccination Waitlist – Albemarle Regional Health Services has a wait list for individuals who need their COVID vaccine. Please fill out the contact information and ARHS will contact you when it is your turn to receive the vaccine.
  • Albemarle Regional Health Services website Includes a schedule of all COVID vaccination clinics in the ARHS eight-county coverage area. Residents and property owners in these eight counties may receive a vaccination at any ARHS clinic.
  • NC Vaccine Finder Provided by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, locates additional COVID vaccine providers such as CVS or Walgreens.

Social Services offers PHP virtual fair

The Department of Social Services in Currituck, Dare, and Pasquotank counties have joined together to offer citizens several opportunities to participate in a virtual Prepaid Health Plan (PHP) Fair.

Individuals can learn more about the Prepaid Health Plan (PHP) options with Medicaid available in your area. North Carolina Enrollment Brokers will also be available for questions.

PCP Fair dates and times:

  • March 30, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • April 6, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • April 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • April 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Participants can enter the virtual fair with the following Zoom info:

  • CALL: +1-646-876-9923 (or) LOG ON at Zoom
  • MEETING ID: 950 5473 7496
  • PASSCODE: 429643

If you have any questions, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Senior Center reopens after long COVID closure

After a very long wait, the Currituck Senior Center reopened on, Monday, March 22. The facility had been closed for more than a year due to the COVID pandemic.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work towards full reinstatement of programs, activities, and services in the months ahead. All services, operational hours, and capacity limitations are subject to change based on state health restrictions and county recommendations. Because of the ongoing pandemic, some temporary safety measures are being implemented to protect the seniors, staff, and volunteers.

The temporary safety precautions include:

  • All activities and programs are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. No walk-ins are allowed.
  • You will not see all of the same programs at this time. Programs have been limited to those that can minimize touching of the same objects and encourage social distancing.
  • You may sign up for activities 1 day in advance. You are also welcome to call the day of to check for availability. *We are operating at a limited capacity – this will allow everyone a fair opportunity to get their name on the list.
  • NO on-site Nutrition will be offered. Meal pickup is available at the Barco location.
  • Face masks are required while you are at the senior centers.
  • Operational hours are restricted, and hours may vary by location.
  • Upon activity sign up, additional safety measures and restrictions will be provided.

You can check on available programs and sign up by contacting the Senior Center facility you wish to visit: Currituck, 232-3505; Knotts Island, 429-3231; or Powell’s Point, 491-8173.

Please check out this short video on the Senior Center reopening.

 

Board reverses course on Corolla recycling

After receiving a significant amount of feedback from county residents and property owners, the Currituck County Board of Commissioners has reversed an earlier decision to eliminate the curbside recycling collection service provided in Corolla. Therefore, the collection of recycling materials and household trash in Corolla will continue in its current format.

Currituck County previously announced that Corolla’s curbside collection service would only include household trash after April 4, 2021.  The plan included placing self-serve recycling containers at the Pine Island Fire Station for Corolla residents to dispose of recyclable goods on their own. Reasons for this proposed change included the increasing costs for Currituck County, the lack of a robust recycling market to accept materials, and the rising number of times Currituck County has recycling containers rejected due to the presence of household trash in the container. This happens very frequently in Corolla during the summer tourist season. Each container rejected adds to the cost of solid waste disposal for the county.

Since announcing the original decision in February, the Board of Commissioners heard from many citizens of Corolla who supported the idea of maintaining the curbside recycling service. Many supported paying a higher solid waste fee to the county for the convenience of curbside recycling. Therefore, the Board has decided to continue its contract with Bay Disposal for the curbside collection of trash and recycling.  As a result, residents and property owners in Corolla will see a small increase in their solid waste bills.

Anyone with questions regarding their curbside trash and recycling collection in Corolla may contact the Currituck County Public Works Department at 252-232-2504.

Corolla projects improve water system and beach walkovers

Citizens should be aware of two county improvement projects underway in Corolla. Be alert to possible traffic delays, construction equipment and work crews in the area, and use caution.

Raw Water Main:   Currituck County is upgrading 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:  Replacement of three walkovers is underway These are located at Barracuda, Perch, and Sailfish streets. All are temporarily closed during construction.  This is Phase I of a multi-year project to replace 13 public access walkovers due to age and deterioration. The work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day.

Free AARP tax preparation service available

County residents may receive free help when preparing their tax returns this year. The AARP tax preparation program runs from February 18 to April 8, and is coordinated through the Currituck Senior Center.

This program is open to the public regardless of age and is geared primarily towards low to moderate income taxpayers. Appointments must be made by calling the Currituck Senior Center at 252-232-3505.  The daily timeframe for appointments will be 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Because of the COVID pandemic, priority for appointments will be given to Currituck County residents.  Requests from residents of other counties will be filled upon availability.

Due to the closure of the Currituck Senior Center because of the COVID pandemic, all appointments for the AARP tax preparation service will be held at the Currituck Judicial Center in Courtroom C.  If you have any questions, contact the Currituck Senior Center at 252-232-3505.

Board Amends Meeting Times

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to make a slight change in the starting time to one of its two regular monthly meetings. Beginning in March, the first meeting of each month will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the second meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Previously, every meeting began at 6:00 p.m.  Starting the second monthly meeting at 4:00 p.m. will better accommodate public hearings and requests for special use permits. This type of business typically requires more time, as applicants must present evidence and answer questions from the Board prior to a vote. Evidence presented may include conceptual site plans, architectural sketches, conformity with the Land Use Plan, results of community meetings, traffic studies, appraisals, and plans for utilities, open space, and storm water management. Often, these discussions are very lengthy and detailed, and meetings can last for several hours.

County staff will now schedule hearings for the second meeting in each month. By starting at 4:00 p.m., applicants and other citizens will be able to travel home earlier at night. It will also enable the Board to make important decisions prior to late-night fatigue becoming a concern.

The first meeting of each month will be reserved for legislative matters and administrative items that typically require less time to resolve.  Each meeting will include a public comment period at the beginning and citizens will have an opportunity to speak on agenda items when it is allowable.

Currituck County will continue to make available each Board of Commissioners meeting via online livestream, which is accessible at https://co.currituck.nc.us/board-of-commissioners/watch-board-meetings/. Meetings are also shown live on Mediacom Ch. 18 for cable television subscribers.

Citizens may access meeting schedules and view meeting agendas here.

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.