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Fire Hydrant Flushing In Brunswick Forest

 
Hydrant Testing in Brunswick Forest
 

Leland Fire Department will begin testing and inspecting the Town’s fire hydrants on Monday December 4, 2016. The testing is expected to be ongoing throughout the month of December. 

Residents may notice discolored tap water as Fire Department personnel flush the Town’s
fire hydrants. This annual testing is essential to maintain the Fire Department Class 6 fire
rating and to ensure that hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes.
Along with maintaining the fire rating, the testing monitors the “health” of the Town’s
water system, identifies weak areas in the system, stirs up materials that settle in the
hydrant, and cleans out the lines.

If you notice discoloration in your water, it is not a cause for concern. Residents are
encouraged to run water until it is clear before washing clothes or drinking it. In most
instances, the water will clear in approximately five minutes. If the discoloration persists,
residents should wait an hour and try again.


*** This affects the Brunswick Forest Development only ***
 




Water Restrictions Ended


Bolivia, NC – All water restrictions have been lifted for Brunswick County Public Utilities customers, as repairs to a water main that broke in October are complete.
 
Customers of Brunswick County Public Utilities and of utility providers who purchase wholesale water from Brunswick County Public Utilities had been under water restrictions since Oct. 13, when a leak was discovered in a raw water main owned by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority carrying water from the Kings Bluff Raw Water Pump Station to the County-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant. 
For full report, CLICK HERE.




Public Hearing - Dec. 15


NOTICE TO PUBLIC
TOWN OF LELAND, NC
 
The public will take notice that the Leland Town Council has called a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC to consider the following:
 
Chapter 30, Article I, Section 30-4 & Article V, Division 2, Section 30-181
Text Amendment for Assisted Living Residences
 
Final Leland Pedestrian Plan
Proposed Resolution to Adopt the Final Leland Pedestrian Plan
 
Citizens can sign up for or against the hearing matter.  Written comments will be received up to 10 days prior to the meeting date.
 
Any questions call (910) 332-4297 or email /allnews/.
 
The public is urged to attend.
 
Sabrena Reinhardt, Town Clerk



 




Debris site & holiday closing

 

The limb debris site on Old Lanvale will be closed Saturday to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is open Wednesday, November 23, from 8 a.m. until noon for Leland City Limits residents.

Town Hall offices will be closed Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 






Water Changing back to Chloramines


Yearly water flushing to end December 8. Water disinfecting agent will change from chlorine to chloramines.

To see the report, CLICK HERE./Images/TownOfLeland/Chloramines_done_in_Dec_.pdf




FEMA help in Brunswick County

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open in Brunswick County to assist individuals with registration for assistance.

FEMA has set up a mobile disaster recovery center located at the Brunswick County Emergency Services Center at 3325 Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia NC 28422. The center will assist residents with registrations for assistance from Hurricane Matthew as well as Small Business Administration and FEMA Mitigation issues for individuals.

The center is currently scheduled to  be open the following dates and times:

Thursday Nov. 10th from 9am – 6pm
Friday Nov. 11th from 9am – 6pm
Saturday Nov. 12th from 9am – 1pm
Sunday Nov. 13th Closed
Additional days may be added, but that is yet to be determined.

The last day to register for FEMA Assistance is currently scheduled as December 12th.

For a brochure with FEMA phone numbers and information, CLICK HERE.






Infrastructure Meeting Agenda


For the agenda to the Infrastructure Committee Meeting on November 7, CLICK HERE.




Water Emergency Downgraded to Level 1


Water main bypass operational; Brunswick County goes to voluntary Level 1 Water Emergency
           
Bolivia, NC – The bypass around the break in the water main that carries water from the Kings Bluff Pump Station to several water treatment plants, including Brunswick County’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant, is operational.
 
The bypass will ensure that a greater volume of water is transported to water treatment plants than was being transported by the water main while water was being lost through the break. However, the bypass cannot carry as much as the water main did before it broke.
 
For that reason, customers are asked to continue to be mindful of water usage until the water main is repaired and the bypass is no longer needed.
 
Beginning at noon today (Monday, Oct. 31), Brunswick County will be under a voluntary Stage 1 Water Emergency. Under a Stage 1, Brunswick County Public Utilities customers are asked to try to reduce water consumption by 10 percent, by taking steps such as showering instead of bathing and only running washing machines and dishwashers when they are full (instead of partial loads). Other steps include limiting lawn and shrubbery watering to the minimum needed for plant survival, limiting vehicle washing to a minimum, and doing any lawn and shrub watering or run dishwashers and washing machines outside peak demand hours (6-10 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.).
 
The voluntary Stage 1 Water Emergency will remain in place until repairs are made to the water main itself, and the bypass is no longer needed. Contractors have started work on the permanent repair to the main, and we expect work to take between seven and ten days. When this is completed, notifications will be sent to Brunswick County Public Utilities customers by CodeRED (phone calls, text messages, and/or emails) and the County’s email list serve, sent to the media, and posted on the County’s website and social media accounts.
 
Thank you to Brunswick County Public Utilities customers for their patience during the repair process, and for their assistance in reducing water usage. These conservation efforts enabled our system to function and meet drinking water and other essential needs during the water emergency.
 
To view the full water emergency ordinance, visit https://www.municode.com/library/nc/brunswick_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH1-13WAWASU_ARTVWAEMOR
 




Stage 2 Water Emergency


Progress continues on water main bypass repairs
           
Bolivia, NC – As work continues to construct a bypass around the break in a water main providing water for Brunswick County, it remains critical that citizens continue to conserve water.
 
Crews worked all weekend on the bypass, which will allow water to keep flowing to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant while crews repair the water main. It will also reduce flooding at the site of the break, as some of the water currently flowing through the main leaks from the break in the pipe.
 
At this time, it looks likely that the bypass will be in place Thursday or Friday. However, Brunswick County remains in a Stage 2 Water Emergency for the time being, and it is critical that citizens continue to conserve water until the bypass is in place and crews are confident in its ability to carry water to the treatment plant.
 
Crews have worked hard and implemented a number of options to keep water flowing to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, as well as to ensure water reserves are maintained in the event of an emergency during these repairs. As the amount of water flowing to the plant is reduced, even with these efforts, it remains critical that citizens continue to conserve water and decrease usage until the bypass is completed.
 
Brunswick County has no plans to turn off water, other than irrigation meters of customers who continue to irrigate despite mandatory restrictions. Outdoor water usage, including irrigation, continues to be prohibited for all public water customers.
 
Additionally, customers should avoid using water during peak times – like in the mornings before work – as much as possible. Residents should take additional steps to conserve water, like taking short showers instead of baths and only running dishwashers or washing machines when they are full (instead of running partial loads). There is no boil water at this time, and the water is safe to drink.
 
Residents may see golf courses continuing to irrigate. Golf courses use effluent (reclaimed water) or non-potable water from retention ponds for irrigation. No golf courses in Brunswick County use potable water for irrigation. Commercial car washes can still operate at this time as well; car washes use relatively little water because they recycle the water they use, and are the livelihood for their operators and employees. Closing commercial car washes will not cause much of a decrease in water usage and will diminish their ability to earn a living. Similarly, a person who regularly sells plants is permitted to use water on their commercial stock, and state- and county-licensed landscape contractors may water plants by hand-held hose or drip irrigation under a written warranty. However, when we can no longer provide adequate water to our treatment plant, we will restrict these operations.
 
Since this water main break affects one of Brunswick County Public Utilities’ sources of water, it affects not only Brunswick County Public Utilities customers but also the customers of utility providers that purchase wholesale water from Brunswick County.
 
Thank you to all of the utility customers who worked to decrease water usage, and contributed to the 3 million gallon per day decrease in consumption seen to date. Thank you also to the Village of Bald Head Island, which switched entirely to an alternate water source to help relieve demand on the County’s system. The mandatory water restrictions do not apply to customers of Bald Head Island or to those who solely use wells.
 
Citizens who would like to receive updates about the water main and other emergency notifications can sign up for CodeRED notifications by phone call, text or email at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/codered.
 
The Water Emergency Ordinance is viewable at https://www.municode.com/library/nc/brunswick_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH1-13WAWASU_ARTVWAEMOR. For frequently asked questions and more information about the water main break and repairs, visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov.
 
 




Early Voting at Town Hall


Early voting is taking place at Town Hall with a huge turnout.
For a voting Schedule, CLICK HERE.
 
 




State of Emergency Issued


Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County is under a State of Emergency and water conservation measures are imperative for all public water users after attempts at a temporary fix to a broken water main did not work.
 
Crews worked until 1 a.m. this morning, but the attempted band sleeve, which would have been a temporary repair to the broken water main, was not successful. The County’s water situation is no better than before.
 
The site of the break is still flooded, and two of the options for a permanent repair have now been eliminated. Brunswick County Public Utility officials are meeting with officials from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority, Pender County and the contractor today to initiate the permanent repair. 

Full report, CLICK HERE.

 




Mandatory Water Conservation


Thank you to all Brunswick County water customers who have complied with mandatory restrictions and taken steps to decrease water consumption. Unfortunately, repairs to the water main are taking longer than initially expected, and are likely to continue into the week of October 24.
Irrigation of all types and home car washing using public water continue to be prohibited. These restrictions are being enforced and it is critical that all users comply immediately. For more information, visit www.brunswickcountync.gov. 

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Water conservation imperative for ALL public water customers
 
Note: This email contains an updated list of utility providers who purchase wholesale water from Brunswick County.

Mandatory water conservation measures are in place for all consumers of public water in Brunswick County following a water main break.
The raw water main owned by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority that carries raw water from the Kings Bluff Raw Water Pump Station to the County-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant and others broke Thursday. Since this water main break affects one of Brunswick County Public Utilities’ sources of water, it affects not only Brunswick County Public Utilities customers but also the customers of utility providers that purchase wholesale water from Brunswick County, including:
  • City of Northwest
  • City of Southport
  • H2GO
  • Town of Holden Beach
  • Town of Leland
  • Town of Navassa
  • Town of Oak Island
  • Town of Ocean Isle Beach
  • Town of Shallotte
  • Village of Bald Head Island
It is imperative that all public utility customers in Brunswick County do their part to help conserve water until the water main is repaired, likely next week. This applies to those who purchase water directly from Brunswick County Public Utilities, as well as those who purchase water from one of the entities listed above, in all areas of Brunswick County.
The Water Emergency Ordinance is viewable at https://www.municode.com/library/nc/brunswick_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH1-13WAWASU_ARTVWAEMOR. Those who have questions should contact 910-253-5383.

 
 
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Officials cracking down on water restriction violators; reducing water consumption is critical
           
Bolivia, NC – Officials are cracking down on Brunswick County Public Utilities customers who are not adhering to mandatory water restrictions, to ensure adequate water for medical uses and water consumption as work to repair a broken water main is now likely to continue into next week.
 
As efforts to repair the water main continue, it is critical that water usage by all Brunswick County Public Utilities customers be decreased. Compliance with mandatory restrictions is being enforced.
 
Brunswick County Public Utilities customers are prohibited from any type of irrigation, including irrigation systems, hand watering, and drip irrigation, as well as washing cars. (Note: this does not apply to those who have a stand-alone well for irrigation, but does apply to all Brunswick County Public Utilities customers.)
 
Brunswick County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a repair contractor and other partners are currently assessing several options to repair the leak in the line, after the delivery of materials and concerns from the contractor regarding methodology. The line will likely not be fixed until sometime next week.
 
To ensure that the water supply is able to meet medical needs and drinking water supplies, all utility customers are strongly encouraged to take additional steps to eliminate any unnecessary water usage, like taking short showers instead of baths, only running full dishwashers or washing machines instead of running partial loads, and turning off the tap while brushing teeth. Please note that the quality of the water is not affected, and there is not a boil water advisory in place; rather, customers are being required to reduce the amount of water they are using.
 
The raw water main owned by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority that carries raw water from the Kings Bluff Raw Water Pump Station to the County-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant and others originally broke Thursday, resulting in flooding in the area near the main break.
 
The Water Emergency Ordinance is viewable at https://www.municode.com/library/nc/brunswick_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH1-13WAWASU_ARTVWAEMOR. Those who have questions should contact 910-253-5383.

 




Brunswick County Debris Drop Off

 
Citizens should continue to be alert while driving. High river levels have the potential to continue to affect roads.
Mandatory water conservation measures in place in Brunswick County. Click here for details.

For tips on managing storm debris, click here. Find safety tips for after flooding here. Find safety tips for during a power outage here. If you have concerns about the safety of your location, call 910-253-5383.

Storm Debris

For details about  storm-related  debris disposal, click here.

View closures due to Hurricane Matthew here.
Download the free ReadyNC mobile smartphone app here (includes information on shelters across the state). View statewide road closures here.
View storm updates from the Sheriff’s Office here (no Facebook account needed).
CLICK HERE FOR BC HOME PAGE.
 




NWS Flood Warning


National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for Brunswick County:

Click Here.

 




Sewer Spill


Two discharges of untreated waste water were reported on October 8 in Magnolia Greens. Click HERE for details.
 




River Flood Assessment - NWS


National Weather Service Assessment of River Flooding in Central and Eastern North Carolina,  CLICK HERE.




Update from Commissioner Williams

Closings, Water Testing, Emergency Plans



For complete message from Commissioner Williams, CLICK HERE.
 




Debris Drop Off Extra Hours

Debris Drop Off Site:

The town of Leland is NOT providing curb side debris pick up.

The Debris Drop Off Site is opening today, Monday, 10-10, at noon until 4 p.m. The Drop Off is located at 187 Old Lanavale Road. It will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 11 & 12, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Guidelines: You must have a valid Leland ID (city limits address).

No commercial dumping.

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If you live outside city limits, you make take your yard debris to the Brunswick County Landfill at 172 Landfill Road, Supply, NC. The county cost is $1.35 per 100 lbs. The County Landfill is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.




State of Emergency Issued


The Town of Leland, NC has issued a State of Emergency for 5 p.m. Friday, October 7, 2016.

This is a precautionary measure to allow Emergency Management officials access to resources if they are needed.
Residents may evacuate voluntarily. Be aware that road flooding is expected especially in low-lying areas.
Essential Town personnel will be assessing the storm situation and ready to act if needed.  In case of emergency, dial 911.

For a list of shelters, see the Brunswick County listing:
http://www.townofleland.com/Blog/167150/Brunswick-County-Shelter-Hurricane-Warning
 
Note: Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter, but not the North Brunswick High School or South Brunswick High School shelters. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.
 
Watch the Brunswick County home page for alerts:
http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/

 




Brunswick County Shelter - Hurricane Warning

Prepare for Flash Flooding - Brunswick County Media Release


   For immediate release: 10/6/2016
Contact: Amanda Hutcheson, (910) 253-2995
/allnews/

Prepare for Flash Flooding

           
Bolivia, NC – The National Weather Service is warning residents that life-threatening flash flooding is possible due to conditions from Hurricane Matthew. Brunswick County is under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday afternoon, as the area is expected to get significant rainfall and already-high water levels will affect drainage.
 
Brunswick County issued a voluntary evacuation for unincorporated low-lying and flood-prone areas. Additionally:
  • Bald Head Island has issued a voluntary evacuation, with a mandatory evacuation for non-island-residents. The last ferry leaving Bald Head Island will leave at 12:30 Friday.
  • Caswell Beach has issued a voluntary evacuation, with a mandatory evacuation for non-residents and visitors.
  • Oak Island has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas, and a mandatory evacuation for visitors.
  • Holden Beach has issued a voluntary evacuation.
  • Ocean Isle Beach has issued a voluntary evacuation.
  • Sunset Beach has issued a voluntary evacuation.
  • Boiling Spring Lakes has issued a voluntary evacuation for the streets north of Fifty Lakes Drive in the Mirror Lake area (for more information, visit http://www.cityofbsl.org/home.aspx).
  • Calabash has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying and flood-prone areas.
  • Carolina Shores has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying and flood-prone areas.
  • Shallotte has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas.
  • Southport has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas and waterfront property.
  • St. James has issued a voluntary evacuation for areas south of Polly Gully Creek.
 
Those evacuating are encouraged to do so now, before road conditions worsen. If you need to evacuate and do not have transportation to the shelter, call 910-253-5383.
 
Shelters opened Friday morning at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte), North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) and South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes). Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.
 
Those evacuating can find a map of shelters in Brunswick County at www.brunswickcountync.gov/map, or find a map of all open shelters in North Carolina in the free Ready NC app (downloadable at https://readync.org/EN/DOWNLOADAPP.html).
 
Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter, but not the North Brunswick High School or South Brunswick High School shelters. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets. Residents who are evacuating may also take pets to the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. Animals must be reclaimed within three days of the State of Emergency being lifted. 

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Red Cross will Open Shelters


Red Cross of Eastern NC bands together, plans to open shelters in preparation of Hurricane Matthew
 
 
RALEIGH, Oct. 6, 2016 — The American Red Cross is mobilizing a multi-state response to aid communities who may be affected by Hurricane Matthew as it travels up the East Coast.
 
The Red Cross is currently supporting 84 shelters, has more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles standing by in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In Eastern North Carolina, Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation as of 8 a.m. Friday for residents in unincorporated low-lying and flood-prone areas.
 
Red Cross will be opening shelters at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte), North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) and South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes). Shelters will open at 8 a.m. on Friday.
 
In Pender County, Red Cross will open a shelter at Burgaw Middle School (500 South Wright St., Burgaw, NC). The open time will be determined soon.
 
Powerful storms like Hurricane Matthew have the potential to create widespread devastation and more needs than any one organization can meet on their own. The Red Cross will continue to work with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit organizations, churches, area businesses and others – to coordinate readiness and response efforts.
 
“The Red Cross is standing beside our partner agencies, ready to respond should Eastern North Carolina be affected by the storm,” said Vicki LaBelle, Red Cross executive director of the Cape Fear Area. “We encourage residents to spend the next couple days preparing their families, homes and pets for the hurricane.”
 
For more information, please contact your local Red Cross. For hurricane safety tips, visit redcross.org/enc.
 




Emergency / Weather Notifications


Suggestions for notifications during weather related emergencies:
  • Brunswick County Emergency Services, click HERE
  • Cape Fear Red Cross on Twitter
  • The Weather Channel on Twitter
  • Town of Leland on Twitter
  • Town of Leland Police Department Phone Text Alerts, click HERE
  • Ready NC Emergency Management, click HERE.
  • NC Emergency Management in English/Spanish, click HERE.





Commuter Challenge


 
The Cape Fear Commuter Challenge will take place October 17 - 30.  People can participate by taking the following modes of transportation to work, to run errands, to take the kids to school, etc.:
- bicycling
- walking/running
- carpool/vanpool
- riding the bus
- driving an electric car
- driving a hybrid car
- skateboarding
 
There are lots of great prizes - kayak rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, staycations at local hotels, local restaurant gift cards, cool stuff and services from the local bike shops, free car washes and details, and a lot more 'goodies'.  Winners will be announced November 4th.  
Click HERE for more details.
 




DOT Work on River/Village Planned


Diverging Diamond Interchange on N.C. 133 Closing This Weekend


News Release
For Immediate Release


date:September 30, 2016
contact: Brian Rick
/allnews/
(910) 358-6362


Lane Striping and Marker Placement Starts Saturday Morning

Wilmington– To stripe and install weather resistant markers for the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on N.C. 133, the Department of Transportation will close N.C. 133/Village Road/River Road between the interchange ramps for U.S. 17/74/76 near Belville/Leland this weekend. The closure starts at 5 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, and is expected to end by 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

The weekend closure is necessary so crews can place thermoplastic lane striping, which is much more resilient than traditional striping, and special markers which can withstand snow plows that are occasionally used during severe winter weather events.  The work is weather conditional and may be postponed in the event of rain or wet roadway conditions.  

Motorists on N.C. 133/River Road, south of the interchange, heading toward Village Road in Leland or on U.S. 74 West will be directed onto U.S. 74 East toward Wilmington to follow their detour. Drivers using Village Road to access N.C.133, south of the interchange or U.S. 74/76 East toward Wilmington should take the ramp onto U.S. 74/76 West toward Whiteville/Myrtle Beach and follow those detour signs.
Drivers are advised to slow down, use caution and stay alert while traveling in the area, and to expect possible delays.

The NCDOT is increasing its use of DDIs because by allowing two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of a road, they improve safety by creating free flowing turns when entering and exiting a highway, eliminating the need to turn left in front of oncoming traffic. They also reduce congestion by allowing traffic to keep moving through the intersection, and limiting the number of traffic signal cycles that vehicles have to go through.

The opening of this DDI is part of the Causeway Bridge Project, which is scheduled to be completed in November.

For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.


***NCDOT***
 
Copyright © 2016 North Carolina Department of Transportation
1503 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 (919) 707-2660 
 
 




Business survey analysis


Town committee analyzing business survey results

LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee is analyzing results of a survey of businesses to determine how to make the town more business friendly.

The committee mailed surveys to 350 business owners, including a questionnaire composed of approximately 12 questions asking “what motivated you to locate your business in the town of Leland” and “how would you rate the business climate in Leland,” to name a couple.

Approximately 40 businesses were personally interviewed by committee members, Chairman David Sink said. So far, the committee has received about 60 completed surveys.

Click HERE for a link to The Star News Article.