9/10/19: SPECIAL U.S. CONGRESS ELECTION TODAY, POLLS OPEN AT PITTS CENTER UNTIL 7:30 P.M.; Storm Debris Pickup Schedule To Be Announced ASAP, Town Says in Email

This debris pileup is on Hickory Trail, near East Dogwood Trail, where quite a few trees came down in the roadway, and one hit a nearby house.

A special election for North Carolina’s third U.S. Congressional district will be held today to determine who will serve out the term of the late Walter Jones, the longtime Congressman who died Feb. 10, after being reelected last November.

Voters in Southern Shores may cast their ballots at the Pitts Center until 7:30 p.m. Polls opened at 6:30 a.m.

The candidates are, in alphabetical order:

Tim Harris (Libertarian Party)
Greg Holt (Constitution Party)
Gregory Murphy (Republican Party)
Allen Thomas (Democratic Party)

The third congressional district includes all or part of 17 northeastern N.C. counties, including Dare, Currituck, and Hyde counties, as well as Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.

Please vote if you have not done so already.

Note: The special election will not conflict with the Town Council meeting in the Pitts Center at 5:30 p.m. The polling station is set up in the hallway outside of the main meeting room.


In other news, the Town of Southern Shores sent an email out to property owners on its newsletter-subscriber list late yesterday afternoon announcing that the schedule and protocols for storm-generated debris would be announced “as soon as possible.”

The Town advises all property owners to place their debris in the roadside right-of-way and to separate it into piles consisting of: 1) vegetative debris; 2) construction and demolition debris; and 3) white goods (appliances).

Earlier, I suggested, based on past storm experience, that there would be no pickup of construction materials. This was an error.

In a bulletin (#10) issued the morning of Sept. 7, Dare County Emergency Management advised that Dare County Public Works would pick up vegetative debris, construction and demolition materials, metal (appliances), and household hazardous waste and electronics (e.g., oil, bleach cleaners, televisions, computers). It was unclear to me then if the Town of Southern Shores would be handling pickup independently or if the County would manage it. The Town’s email does not clarify this point.

Hazardous waste and electronics are not included among the storm-generated debris that the Town advises will be picked up.

The Town’s autumn solid waste/bulk item pickup will be held in October. The Town’s email asks that you not place items that are suitable for removal then at the roadside now.

DISASTER RELIEF: The Outer Banks Community Foundation is collecting disaster-relief donations for Dare County and Ocracoke. If you would like to donate, please visit http://www.obcf.org/disaster. All donations are tax-deductible and will be used exclusively for direct assistance to people in need.

BY THE WAY . . . if you see a person walking around with a laptop, looking officious, that’s a U.S. Census worker, not a town or county employee assessing storm damage.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 9/10/19

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