Currituck amends nuisance ordinance, hears report from airport director

Published 10:15 am Saturday, October 1, 2022

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Business items were brief in the September 19 Currituck commissioners meeting.

The board approved an amendment to the nuisance ordinance involving unkempt yards. The current ordinance prohibits “uncontrolled growth of noxious grass or weeds causing or threatening to cause a hazard to the public health or safety.”

The county found that definition lacking so they added specifics – grass or weeds cannot exceed 12 inches if the lot has a home or building on it, or 18 inches if the lot is vacant. The definition does not include land used for farming or woodlands. The intent of the ordinance change is for residential areas.

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The second business item was the consideration of a resolution supporting Operation Green Light for Veterans, which is a period of time from October through Veterans Day, November 11, 2022 to “salute and honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform transitioning from Active Service.”

The resolution encourages citizens to recognize and honor veterans by displaying a green light in a window of their place of business or residence.

The resolution was adopted.

The board also heard a report from Currituck Regional Airport director William Nelson.

The publicly owned airport has been experiencing a lot of growth the last several years. For example, in years 2018, 2019 and 2021, the airport sold approximately 80,000 gallons of fuel. In 2021 that number was up to 150,000 gallons.

One of the reasons for the growth is the location and the size of the runway. It is the closest airport to the Outer Banks with the longest runway. With dimensions of 5500 feet long by 150 feet wide, the Currituck Regional Airport is able to accommodate jets and international flights.