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Work continues to stabilize Old Jail

A project to stabilize and preserve the historic Old Currituck Jail recently included the addition of several new bricks. These bricks were specially made to match the original brick of the structure.

Currituck County has undertaken this project in order to protect the Old Jail, which sits next to the Historic Courthouse just steps away from the Currituck Sound. Both historic buildings have weathered many storms over hundreds of years. Currituck County aims to preserve these landmarks as part of the county’s distinguished history.

Currituck’s original jail was built after receiving legislative permission in 1767, it burned down in 1808. It was rebuilt in 1857 and is one of the four oldest jails in North Carolina.

The county hopes that in the future, after the stabilization project is complete, the interior of the Old Currituck Jail can be renovated and opened to the public as an educational and tourist attraction.

 

Communications office has new phone number

Effective on May 18, 2022, the phone number for the Currituck County Communications Office is 252-453-3633. This is also the after-hours emergency number for customers of Currituck County Water and Sewer.

This does not affect 9-1-1 emergency communications in any way. Citizens should still dial 9-1-1 if they have an emergency.

Draves appointed Director of Elections

The North Carolina State Board of Elections approved the appointment of Brandie Draves as the new Director of Elections for Currituck County. Her first day as director is April 18, 2022.

Draves succeeds former director Sydni Banks, who resigned to pursue an opportunity in the private business sector. Prior to being named director, Draves served as Deputy Director of Elections in Currituck County for six years.

“I look forward to providing fair, impartial, and accurate election services and innovative solutions to ensure our voters don’t encounter long lines on elections day. Additionally, I want to thank our appointed board and many election workers. Because of their ongoing efforts, elections are and will remain successful in Currituck County,” Draves said.

The North Carolina Primary Election is scheduled for May 17, 2022. The One-Stop early voting period is April 28 to May 14. Anyone with questions regarding the Primary Election may contact the Currituck County Board of Elections at 252-232-2525.

Be aware of safety near dune walkover projects

Citizens should be aware of construction zones in areas of Corolla where public access dune walkover structures are being replaced. Currently, the dune walkovers at Coral and Dolphin streets are under construction. The old walkovers are being replaced with new, safer structures that land directly on the beach. Please use caution while in the vicinity of the construction sites and do not allow children to play in the work zones. Each of the new dune walkovers will be 8’ wide and provide a safe entrance onto the beach.

Construction of a new walkover located at Mackerel St. may be delayed until the fall, but it is designated for replacement this year.

Aerial view of new Perch St. walkover

Overall, Currituck County is in a multi-year project to replace a total of 12 old dune walkovers at public beach access points. Phase one of the project was completed in 2021, with new dune walkovers built at Barracuda, Perch, and Sailfish streets.

During the winter of 2022-2023, new walkovers will be constructed at Bonito, Marlin, and Sturgeon streets. The project’s final phase will include the replacement of walkovers at Herring, Shad, and Tuna streets during the winter of 2023-2024.

Currituck improves flood insurance rating

An improved rating within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) achieved by Currituck County could lead to discounted flood insurance premiums for property owners. The Currituck County Development Services Department received notice that the county’s score in the NFIP’s Community Rating System has been upgraded from an 8 to a new score of 6.

The National Flood Insurance Program is offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and provides federally backed flood insurance in communities that have enforced floodplain regulations. Currituck County includes floodplain management regulations in the Unified Development Ordinance. The county’s participation in the NFIP is a benefit to local property owners because traditional homeowners’ insurance does not cover damages caused by floods.

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary aspect of NFIP that allows communities to achieve flood insurance premium discounts by meeting certain criteria at the local level. CRS communities are rated from a 10 to 1, with 1 being the best rating. A Class 6 community receives a 20% discount for all policies in its Special Flood Hazard Areas.

Communities are rewarded by meeting the three goals of CRS:  reduce flood damage to insurable property; strengthen and support the insurance aspects of NFIP; and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Currituck County spends considerable time and effort to meet annual CRS rating standards and is subject to regular five-year reviews. Staff from Development Services, Emergency Management, Inspections, GIS, Public Information, and County Manager’s office contribute to the overall mission. The Board of Commissioners play a role by adopting certain regulations related to development and mitigation. The county also partners with the Nature Conservancy to calculate percentages of property identified as open space.

Major items that have helped to improve Currituck’s score include the county’s preservation of open space in land development, enforcing higher regulatory standards for development in special flood hazard areas, and adopting of the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Additional action items include maintaining elevation certificates, delivering informational outreach projects, meeting state regulations on flood hazard disclosures, making flood protection information available to the public, floodplain mapping, analyzing repetitive losses, and addressing the growth rate of the county.

You can learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program and insuring your property from the Development Services Department at 252-232-3055.

Wear Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022. The Currituck County Department of Social Services invites you to join its staff in wearing blue on Friday, April 1 to help raise awareness. Wear blue and share your photos on social media with the #WearBlueDay2022 hashtag!
 
To learn useful information such as signs of child abuse and local resources to help children in abusive situations, call the Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083 or visit the Prevent Child Abuse NC website.

Solid waste decals now in use for re-entry process

Currituck County is excited to announce a pilot project to evaluate, understand and improve the effectiveness of combining departmental permit efforts between Public Works & Emergency Management. Effective today, current Public Works Solid Waste Permits will also function as Currituck Outer Banks residents’ and property owners’ re-entry permit for the 2022 calendar year. The project’s objective is to increase collaboration across departments and provide a one-stop shop for residents, property owners and renters to obtain their required permit(s).

Key Points:

  • Public Works Solid Waste Permits will also function as Currituck Outer Banks residents’ and property owners’ re-entry permit for the 2022 calendar year
    • The current permits were sent to all residents and property owners, accompanied by the tax bill, in August 2020
    • No action is required if you already have a permit(s)
  • This is a trial-based project for 2022 in which staff will evaluate the combined effort and formulate a plan for 2023 and beyond
  • If Currituck Outer Banks residents or property owners would like to obtain new or additional decals, please visit https://currituckcountync.gov/public-works/solid-waste-permit-decal/. If you have questions, contact Public Works at 252-232-2504 or email at pwstaff@currituckcountync.gov
    • Renters can obtain permits directly with documentation such as mail, utility bills and lease agreements
  • Within the re-entry program, there will no longer be a permit distinction between property owners and residents nor between north and south of the 4×4 Ramp; new tiers are as follows:
    • Priority 1: Essential Personnel; Priority 2: Critical Businesses, Residents and Property Owners; Priority 3: Visitors and General Public
  • If there are specific questions about the re-entry process, please visit currituckreentry.com or contact staff at emstaff@currituckcountync.gov
  • These changes do not affect business re-entry permits

Copy of the Solid Waste Permit.

Commissioners select McRee for County Manager

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners decided that a familiar face will continue to lead county staff. Commissioners announced today that the Board will officially name County Attorney Donald “Ike” McRee as County Manager during its February 7, 2022, meeting. McRee has been serving as Interim County Manager since August 28, 2021, following the departure of former County Manager Ben Stikeleather.

Ike McRee

McRee has extensive experience in Currituck County. He began his career as a local government attorney in May 1989, when he was appointed Currituck County Attorney. After continuing in that capacity for other county governments in North Carolina, McRee returned to Currituck County in 2008 when he again accepted the position as Currituck County Attorney.

After Stikeleather left, the Board hired a search firm to identify potential candidates. Ultimately, Commissioners decided that McRee was best suited for the job. McRee’s familiarity with the Board of Commissioners and knowledge of county departments, procedures, and local issues provides a beneficial continuity of operations for the Board, county employees, and the public.

“After reviewing options, and through numerous discussions with Ike, the Board determined that Ike would be a great fit for filling the role as County Manager,” said Mike Payment, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “During his time as interim County Manager, Ike expressed his desire to become the full-time manager. The Board sees Ike’s abilities and attributes as positives for the citizens of Currituck County.”

After McRee is officially approved as County Manager, the Board will begin a search for a new County Attorney and McRee will relinquish the Attorney’s role.

Candidate filing resumes in February

The candidate filing period for the 2022 North Carolina primary elections will resume on February 24, the NC State Board of Elections announced on January 11. The candidate filing period will now be February 24 – March 4, 2022.

The North Carolina primary election is scheduled for May 17. Currituck County residents who plan to run for office must file as a candidate at the Currituck County Board of Elections office, located at the Judicial Center in Currituck. Anyone with questions may contact the Board of Elections office at 252-232-2525.

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The North Carolina Supreme Court on December 8, 2021 suspended candidate filing for all offices for the 2022 primary election. This includes filing for rescheduled municipal contests, and any separate filing period in January for those contests.

The Supreme Court also pushed the date of the primary election and rescheduled municipal elections back more than two months – to Tuesday, May 17, 2022. It had been scheduled for March 8.

More information from the NC State Board of Elections regarding this decision.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers regarding the delayed election.

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Currituck County citizens who wish to run for elected office in 2022 must register at the Board of Elections. There will be several local offices up for election on the 2022 ballot, including:

  • 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
  • Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

In addition to these Currituck County races, there will also be elections of local interest for the United States Senate and House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals.

If you have any questions regarding candidate filing, voter registration, or other election matters, contact the Currituck County Board of Elections at 252-232-2525.

Animal Control rescues large group of dogs in Moyock

Feb. 3, 2022:  In regards to the group of 61 dogs rescued by Currituck County Animal Control and Services on Jan. 28, 2022, the previous owner of the dogs officially relinquished ownership of the dogs today to Currituck County. As a result, the Currituck County Animal Shelter can now begin the process of making the dogs available for adoption as each dog’s health allows.

Anyone interested in adoption is asked to please be patient. There have been a large number of adoption applications received by the Animal Shelter. Some applicants have already been approved and staff will process remaining and new applications as quickly as they can, and will be contacting these individuals about adoption.

Several of the rescued dogs are receiving medical care. Therefore, some of the dogs will be ready for adoption before others. In addition to this group of rescues, there are also other dogs, and cats, at the Shelter that are currently ready for adoption.

Citizens may contact the Shelter for updates on the rescued dogs’ health and information about specific pets, at 252-453-8682. The Animal Shelter is open on the following schedule for anyone who wishes to view the available pets ready for adoption:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Jan. 28, 2022:  Currituck County Animal Services & Control rescued a group of 61 dogs (47 adults and 14 puppies) on January 28, 2022 from unsanitary and inhumane living conditions. The dogs were found on the property of Bentwood Labradors, in Moyock, and taken to the Currituck Animal Shelter for care.  Charges have been brought against the dogs’ owner.
Unfortunately, one dog was found passed away and several others required emergency medical treatment. The dogs are now being cared for at the Animal Shelter.
More information on the dogs’ health and any possible adoptions will be announced as it is determined.
  • Donations – Learn what items are needed to help care for the dogs and how you can make a donation to the Animal Shelter.
  • Foster – Learn how you can provide a temporary home for one of the pets until they can be adopted.
  • Volunteer – Learn what tasks volunteers do and how you can become a shelter volunteer.
  • Adoption – Information regarding the adoption process and online adoption application.