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Medicaid class action suit announces proposed settlement

A class action lawsuit that may affect Medicaid recipients in Currituck County issued a Notice of Proposed Settlement. Franklin et al. v. Kinsley, formerly known as Hawkins et al. v. Cohen, is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017. This case was certified by the Court as a class action lawsuit on behalf of N.C. Medicaid beneficiaries.

The case involves allegations that the NC Medicaid agency, along with county Departments of Social Services, improperly terminated and reduced Medicaid benefits to eligible individuals. The settlement agreement includes detailed steps that the state and county departments would take when determining Medicaid eligibility. The proposed settlement agreement may be viewed online here.

The United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina allows citizens the right to object to this proposed settlement agreement.  Objections must be filed by Dec. 31, 2022 with the Civil Clerk’s office, 413 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560. Anyone wishing to object to the Settlement Agreement in person may do so at a hearing on Jan. 13, 2023 at 11:00 am, at the United States District Court, 413 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560. More details for this process can be found on the Notice of Proposed Settlement.

The Notice of Proposed Settlement is available in English and Spanish. If any local citizens have questions regarding this settlement, please contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Currituck recognized for outstanding financial report

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded its highest honor, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, to Currituck County for the county’s comprehensive financial report for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.  This is the 16th year since 2005 that Currituck County has received this award.

According to the GFOA, a panel of impartial judges determined that Currituck’s financial report meets the high standards of its program, demonstrates a constructive spirit of full disclosure, and motivates potential users to read the report.  The Certificate of Achievement is considered to be the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Congratulations to the Finance Department and administration of Currituck County!

Currituck County’s annual financial reports are available for public viewing here.

 

Two convenience sites adjusting hours of operation

Currituck County will address concerns for increased traffic volume and visitor safety at the county’s two busiest convenience centers by adjusting the hours of operation on two days of the week. Effective on November 6, 2022, the Grandy and Moyock convenience centers will make the following schedule changes:

  • Sunday hours of operation will increase to 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday hours of operation will be reduced to 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • The remaining days of the week will continue to follow a schedule of 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The intent behind the change is to reduce the traffic congestion and wait times for citizens at Grandy and Moyock on Sundays, which is one of the busiest days of the week. Tuesday is the least active day of the week at the sites.

These schedule changes apply only to the Grandy and Moyock convenience centers. All other convenience sites in the county will remain on the current schedule:  Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact the Public Works office at 252-232-2504.

Holiday Parade coming in December

Currituck County will celebrate the 29th Annual Holiday Parade on Friday, December 2. The parade will begin at 7:00 pm in Community Park, at the NC Cooperative Extension Center.

Prior to the Holiday Parade, a Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6:30 pm to light the Currituck County Christmas Tree. Guests are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm for holiday-themed games, cookies, and hot cocoa provided by Cooperative Extension.

The Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade will also be live-streamed on the Currituck Extension YouTube channel. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/CurrituckCES, subscribe, and ring the bell so you are notified when we go live on December 2.

Community groups that may be interested in participating in the parade should complete the entry form at https://go.ncsu.edu/29thparadeentryform .

The Holiday Parade is organized by The Currituck Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 and NC Cooperative Extension. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Gregory at 252-232-2261 or sheila_gregory@ncsu.edu or Lt. Kevin McCord at 252-207-4653 or 209@currituckcountync.gov.

Operation Santa to help locals enjoy Christmas

The 2022 Operation Santa Claus program relies on donations to provide Christmas gifts to families with children residing in Currituck County and to the county’s foster children. Operation Santa also provides food baskets for local senior citizens. This program is administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and all proceeds benefit citizens of Currituck County.

Applying for Christmas Assistance:

Participants must be a Currituck County resident to apply for Christmas assistance from the Operation Santa program. DSS will accept applications from October 10 until November 10. The application must be completed at the DSS office, which is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Making a Donation:

The public can support Operation Santa by making a tax deductible donation in the following ways:

(1)  Sponsor a family with children by purchasing new, unwrapped gifts for the children.

(2)  Donate money or gift cards to be used by the Department of Social Services to purchase Christmas gifts for children. Donations can be made as follows:

  • Scan the QR code on your smartphone to make an online transaction.
  • In person at the DSS office during business hours of Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • By mail to 153 Courthouse Rd., Suite 400, Currituck, NC 27929. Make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.

 

 

(3)  Referral organization:  If you are an independent organization, you can receive referrals from DSS to help children in need through your own program. Please contact Fay Lindsay at 252-232-3083 or Operation.Santa@currituckcountync.gov.

(4)  Food Basket Program for Adults:  Donate food, money, or gift cards that will benefit disabled and elderly adults in need of extra support. DSS also accepts monetary donations to purchase Christmas gifts for disabled adults experiencing guardianship. Monetary donations for this program can only be made in person or by mail. Please contact Lori Langley at 252-232-6049 or lori.langley@currituckcountync.gov.

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

 

Multi-use county permit mails in December

Currituck County residents and property owners will soon receive a new permit that will have several uses. The 2023-2024 Currituck County Access Permit will be delivered to each resident and property owner in a special December mailing. (You will not receive a permit or solid waste decal with your property tax bill this year.)
The new access permit will be used similarly to how the solid waste decal is being used this year. It will allow residents and property owners to:
• Utilize recycling convenience centers
• Park on the 4WD beach
• Re-enter the Outer Banks following an evacuation.
Look for it in the mail this December!

Take a tour of historic properties

The Historic Preservation Commission of Currituck County will host a tour of historic properties in the Shawboro/Currituck area on Saturday, October 15. The public is invited to participate in this free tour.

A tour brochure and map of properties will be provided to participants. The tour begins at the Masonic Hall Lodge No. 53, located at 498 S. Indiantown Road. The Masonic Lodge will offer lunch to tour participants for a donation.

Properties along the route will be open for tours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants may visit the properties in any order during this timeframe. Some properties will also accept visitors inside the buildings.

An updated list of properties on the tour includes the following:

  • Hall Lodge #53, 498 S. Indiantown Rd.
  • Macknight Outbuildings, 456 S. Indiantown Rd.
  • Culong House, 315 S. Indiantown Rd.
  • Gideon C. Boswood, 198 N. Gregory Rd.
  • JP Morgan House, 897 Shawboro Rd.
  • Powell/Cowell Kitchen, 153 Cowell Rd.
  • Buckskin Farms, 2310 Caratoke Hwy.
  • Johnson-Hall Store, 160 Courthouse Rd.

If you have any questions, contact Jennie Turner, Currituck County Senior Planner, at 252-232-6031.

Repairs completed on 4WD beach horse fence

Repairs to the horse containment fence at the 4WD beach in Corolla have recently been completed. This safe fence helps keep the Corolla Wild Horses within the 4WD beach area and prevents them from roaming into paved Corolla, where their safety would be at risk from traffic and additional public interaction. The project included replacing cable rows on the fence and replacing pilings in the water section. Repairs were also made to the on-land wooden fencing at the 4WD beach boundary.

Utility projects position county for future growth

Currituck County has begun a series of projects to improve the county’s water utility infrastructure to provide better services for citizens and meet the demands of residential and commercial growth. Over the next two to three years, the county’s plans include expanding the water treatment plants in Maple and Corolla, developing additional wells to increase raw water supply, and installing water main pipes running north and south on the mainland.

Expanding the reverse osmosis water treatment systems at the Mainland Water Plant in Maple and the Southern Outer Banks Water System (SOBWS) plant in Corolla is vital to Currituck’s ability to provide an adequate water supply in the future. The mainland is experiencing a steady influx of residential and commercial customers, especially in the Moyock area. On the Outer Banks, the SOBWS treatment plant consistently operates at or near maximum capacity during the summer vacation season.

Both water plants were originally built with future expansion in mind, so there is designated space in each facility to enlarge the reverse osmosis structure. These expansions will provide an additional 750,000 gallons of treated water per day at each site. Currently, the mainland reverse osmosis system can produce 1.5 million gallons per day. In Corolla, the SOBWS plant is able to treat 3 million gallons of water daily.

In combination with the plant expansions, Currituck will develop new wells to ensure a robust supply of raw water. A project is underway to build a fourth deep well on the mainland and exploratory tests are finding a suitable well site in Corolla. Each will draw water from an aquifer approximately 250 feet below the surface. The county also completed exploratory tests on an extra-deep well in Corolla, testing water from more than 1,000 feet deep. The high salination of the deeper water would require an upgrade to the reverse osmosis membrane components, but does offer a possible water source should the need arise in the future.

Two other important projects involve the installation of 16” water main pipes on the mainland. One main will head south, under the Coinjock Canal, to enhance service to the southern mainland areas. A second main will head north along the Highway 168 corridor to the county’s water towers that serve the fast-growing northern mainland communities. To support the water mains, the county will construct additional booster pump stations along the routes to move water more efficiently.

In addition, the county expects to construct a 500,000-gallon water storage tank in Corolla next to the SOBWS water plant within the next three years. This additional storage capacity, in combination with the plant expansion, will help the Outer Banks system maintain a consistent, abundant supply of water for customers during peak usage periods. These upgrades are critical to providing service to the county’s successful tourism industry.

County staff and the Board of Commissioners have put a great deal of time into planning the utility system’s future needs. Overall, these forward-thinking projects will enhance Currituck County’s ability to provide services for customers as the population continues to grow.