Currituck amends animal control and other ordinances

Published 2:36 pm Monday, November 21, 2022

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After making some changes to the agenda due to the absence of commissioner Bob White, Currituck commissioners moved quickly through new business at the November 7 regular meeting.

County attorney Megan Morgan introduced an amendment to the county code which prohibits burning materials on construction sites located at the beach, followed by an amendment to prohibit all open fires on the beach. Fires powered by gas bottles would be allowed. Both amendments passed.

Next, commissioners approved changes to the animal control and services ordinances. “There were some issues that came to light that some procedures that were being followed may not be constitutional,” Morgan said.

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The main issue involved protocol regarding the seizure of an animal believed to be abused or neglected. The new ordinance requires that a proper court order be procured and notice given before seizing an animal.

Commissioners tabled a request to enforce parking regulations in the private neighborhoods of Still Water Court, Lost Lake Lane and Bear Foot Path at Villages at Ocean Hill in Corolla until commissioner White’s return at the following meeting.

During the county manager’s report, Ike McRee updated the board on several legal matters.

There were no bids for the ABC Store in Corolla located at the corner of NC 12 and Devil’s Bay. The project involves the completion of a site and building project that was partially constructed about two years ago, including finishing the parking lot and sidewalks, roof drainage system, grading and landscaping, and construction of the building on an existing concrete slab.

McRee also gave a report on the conclusion of a matter the county has been dealing with for over 20 years. The owner of adult club Mermaids/Headlights OBX let the time period expire to appeal in court the right to legally operate their business, thereby concluding the issue.

“The county was right from the beginning and so a lot of credit should be given to the boards over the years and to this board to stick to it. The wheels of justice grind slowly but they do grind, and so now we have an end.”