Azalea Festival Volunteers
Mayor Brenda Bozeman has been working with the Azalea Festival Committee to involve Leland in this year's festival (April 5 - 9). If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, join us for a presentation this Friday, February 24th at 11:00 am in the Cape Fear Room at 102 Town Hall Drive.
Here is the link to the Azalea Festival.
Rail Forum in Two Locations
There are two forums on the potential relocation of the rail line in the City of Wilmington to the West side of the Cape Fear River -- creating a shorter access to the Port of Wilmington and opportunities for re-use of the existing track.
Monday, February 20
5 PM – 7 PM
Leland Town Hall
102 Town Hall Drive
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Wednesday, February 22
5 PM – 7 PM
Wilmington City Hall
102 South Third Street
Baldwin Drive to Close
This is to give notice that we will be closing Baldwin Drive from February 20th through February 21st for the following work to be complete:
Connect to Existing Sewer Main - work to take place approximately 300’ from Village Road
There will be detours posted.
Click Here for more details and detour map.
Public Welcome to Council Meetings
Council Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome.
AARP Providing Free Tax Service
AARP Foundation volunteers are helping senior citizens and low-income individuals complete their tax returns again this year.
They are serving the public on:
Wednesdays at Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive.
Thursdays at the old Senior Center, located at 1490 Village Road NE.
Both sites, from 9 am - 1 pm until April 13, 2017.
Participants should bring: Social Security card or other official documents; copy of last year's income tax returns; W-2 forms; and any other necessary tax forms.
For questions, call 910-383-1767.
Group Seeks to Draw Innovative Businesses
InnovateNC Focuses on Marine and Life Sciences
The two-year economic development project, supported by $250,000 worth of in-kind services from the Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University, is designed to spur innovation culture more broadly within the state, so communities that already have a framework in place can build their capacity to promote and support innovation, according to the institute. Leland's Economic Development Director, Gary Vidmar, is co-leading the group. To read the Wilmington Business Journal article, CLICK HERE.
Code Red Weather Alerts
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County residents are urged to sign up for the free CodeRED notification system to ensure they receive emergency alerts of inclement weather while repairs are being made to the NOAA weather radio tower.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s weather radio transmitter in Winnabow was damaged recently, and repairs could take six months or more. Until repairs are completed, weather radios in Brunswick County will not be able to be activated.
Brunswick County residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED , which enables Brunswick County Emergency Management to send alerts about emergency situations by phone call, text message, email and TDD/TTY device calls. Residents also have the option to receive severe weather warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods in their area through CodeRED. To sign up, visit www.brunswickcountync.gov/codered . If you need assistance signing up for CodeRED, call 910-253-5383.
No one option can provide all the robustness that the National Weather Service weather radio alerts provide. Signing up for multiple types of alerts and notifications can increase your chances of receiving vital information in the event of an emergency.
Residents who have a smart phone can enable Wireless Emergency Alerts on that phone. These alerts are sent out from cell towers, and users receive them if they are in or near the affected area during that time. Find more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/wea.html .
Brunswick County residents can also sign up for email notifications of emergency situations through the County’s email list serve program, by going to http://eepurl.com/ZT6tb . While these emails are an additional tool to receive emergency information, residents should keep in mind that these emails are not automatically generated and do not replace alerts sent by the National Weather Service or CodeRED.
Residents on social media can also follow Brunswick County Emergency Services at https://www.facebook.com/BrunscoES or https://twitter.com/brunscoes , or follow the National Weather Service’s Wilmington Forecast Office at https://twitter.com/NWSWilmingtonNC or http://www.facebook.com/pages/US-National-Weather-Service-Wilmington-NC/245275132158643 for updates.
Rail Realignment Task Force - Wilmington
The Wilmington Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Realignment will hold a public open house on the Rail Realignment Project at the Leland Town Hall on Monday February 20 from 5 - 7 p.m.
A second Open House will occur at Wilmington City Hall on the 22nd, from 5 - p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.
WMPO Annual Report
Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's (WMPO) Annual Report Contents:
Note from the Executive Director
Cape Fear Transportation 2040
Funded Transportation Projects
Strategic Business Plan
Long-Range Transportation Planning
CLICK HERE for report.
Fairview Road Closure
RE: Fairview Road Closure – January 30th through January 31st, 2017
This is to give notice that we will be closing Fairview Road from 113 Fairview to 117 Fairview on January 30th through January 31st for the following work to be completed:
Nightly lane closures this week
Lane Closures Begin Wednesday
WILMINGTON – The Department of Transportation will intermittently close the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on U.S. 421 in Wilmington for two nights later this week. The closures will be in place from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, until 5 a.m. the next morning, and again the same hours on Thursday night through Friday morning.
These closures are needed for crews to repair damage to the metal deck and center rail caused by a vehicle collision on the lift span of the bridge. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic at all times. However, drivers are urged to seek alternate routes and to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Dept of Justice Class on Bias-Based Policing
Open to law enforcement and civilians - FREE
Due to the recent escalation of violence and mistrust between law enforcement and communities, the U.S. Department of Justice: Community Relations Service, has agreed to come to Brunswick County to address these issues. This is an exciting opportunity to obtain skills, knowledge, and the ability to diffuse a situation before it escalates. This is also an opportunity for law enforcement to communicate effectively with the community and for the community to speak with law enforcement, in attempts, to settle the conflicts we all face in our communities.
This 4-hour course will discuss community conflicts and tensions arising from difference of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability. This presentation is geared toward group understanding, identification of the topic, and best practices through discussion, small group and practical exercises among both law enforcement and community.
The goal of this presentation is obtain knowledge, understanding, best practices, and most importantly, a better relationship among law enforcement and the community.
To register for event, contact Lisa Schultz at /allnews/ or Felicia Garnes at /allnews/
This class is free, but there is limited seating. It is available Tue Jan. 24 or Wed Jan. 25, from 1 - 5 p.m. at 102 Town Hall Drive.
Deadline for Registration is January 23rd, 2017
Sports Discussion Wanted
Leland, NC – The Leland Town Council and Parks and Recreation Board will hold a Public Meeting on Monday, February 6 at 6 pm at the Leland Town Hall (102 Town Hall Dr.) to discuss the current and future state of youth and adult sports within the Town.
This meeting will feature speakers from several local and national organizations including Leland Parks and Recreation, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Wilmington Family YMCA and the USA Pickleball Association. After the presentations from speakers, Town staff will lead a facilitated public discussion where residents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts with the Town Council and Parks and Recreation Board.
The Town encourages anyone with an interest in youth and adult sports in Leland to attend this meeting. For more information, contact Operation Services Director Niel Brooks at 910-332-4818 or /allnews/.
Wilmington Rail Study
A presentation was shared with Leland Town Council Thursday, January 19, 2017 regarding rail improvements in the Wilmington area.
The following is the Power Point slides presented by Laura Padgett regarding "Improving the Rail, Transforming Greater Wilmington"
Rail Presentation at Council Meeting
The Director of Planning, Development and Transportation for the City of Wilmington will share a Rail presentation at the Town Council Meeting, Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.
The presentation will discuss the opportunity to realign the existing freight rail corridor that currently runs through the City of Wilmington to a more direct route into and out of the Port of Wilmington. The new route, far from any human settlements, could make the Port more competitive, enhance economic development opportunities statewide and in the region, and improve safety and economic efficiencies for the rail carrier.
See map HERE.
Construction Burn Sites
Just to make all aware, there are two potentially large construction burn sights within the next few days or weeks. One will be the Harrington Village project on Village Road, the other is the site immediately adjacent to Wal-Mart where a Self-Storage and Hotel are being constructed.
Attracting Innovative Businesses
From Town of Leland Economic Director
You have heard me talking about InnovateNC and the Wilmington/Carolina Coast collaboration known as InnovateSENC during the past year and a half and the potential economic development importance it will have to attract new innovative businesses to our region (including Brunswick County and Leland) in the fields of marine biotechnology, marine science and life sciences. Below is a link to a program that aired on UNC-TV the past two nights which shows highlights of the InnovateSENC panel session which was held at Cucalorus Connect in November. It includes an interview with a founder of SAROS, a startup company supported by InnovateSENC, which is developing a desalination process that harnesses energy from ocean waves. It also includes interviews with some members of InnovateSENC’s Executive Council.
Hope you will take time to watch it and learn more about the progress this initiative is making and the attention it is getting across the state.
Here's the link from YouTube to the UNCTV video:
Gary M. Vidmar
Economic & Community Development Director
102 Town Hall Dr.
Leland, NC 28451
Council identifies Top Projects for Budget
The Town Council is working on Fiscal Budget Year 2017-18
Here are some of the projects on the list:
Northgate Drive Improvements; K-9 Unit; 2 additional police officers; Burying Village Road utilities; and Brunswick Forest intersections are all priorities.
To read the StarNews report, CLICK HERE.
Editorial highlighting area non-profits
Spotlight on Area Do-Gooders
An Opinion Piece from the Brunswick Beacon
Last Thursday night, I headed up to Leland again to attend the first meeting of 2017 for the Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council.
When I attended this group’s meeting last November, I announced the Beacon would begin featuring a different community organization in our Tides section every week, starting with the Jan. 5 edition. I explained in a subsequent column each story will offer a brief history of the group, explain its primary functions and fundraisers, if any, list its officers and provide contact information for anyone who might like to join it, along with a photo.
For story, CLICK HERE.
NBCSCC Board Members: From left, Stephanie Bowen, Christine Gonzalez, Tim Watkins, Kris Allen, David A. Hollis
Untreated Water Discharged
Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of untreated wastewater from a 10” force main located across the street from 9097 Timber Lane, Leland, NC. The leak occurred on January 9, 2017, from 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. with repairs completed at 3:30 a.m. The discharge was caused by a 10’ crack in the line. It is believed approximately 40,000 gallons reached the underground drainage system which leads to Sturgeon Creek with an additional 10,000 gallons removed by our Vac-truck. This notice is required by NC General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.C.
For any questions in regards to this notice please contact the following.
Brunswick County Public Utilities
High School Students Wanted for Parks Board
Leland seeks Student Representatives for Parks and Recreation Board
Press Contact: Niel Brooks
Leland, NC – The Town of Leland has an opportunity for two (2) high school students to serve as Student Representatives on the Town’s Parks and Recreation Board. Students will serve two-year terms and attend monthly Parks and Recreation Board meetings. They will have the opportunity to give reports concerning activities and issues affecting young people, report on how they have shared parks information, provide input on board issues, ask questions, serve on subcommittees of interest, and represent the board in a number of capacities and at community events.
Parks and Recreation Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Town Hall (102 Town Hall Dr.). Students should reside within the Leland Town limits. Rising sophomores and juniors are preferred for the positions, but all applications will be considered.
Interested students may apply and applications are available online at the Town’s website http://www.townofleland.com/recreation. Paper copies are also available at Leland Town Hall. If you are not able to obtain an application by any of these methods, the Town will mail you one. If you would like more information, please call 910-408-3092 or e-mail email@example.com.
DOT Crews Ready for Weather
Statewide, NCDOT's snow and ice clearing equipment includes about 1,900 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders, 495 front-end loaders and backhoes, and 332 motor graders. In addition, contractors supplement NCDOT workers and equipment.
For complete Press Release, CLICK HERE./Images/TownOfLeland/site/crews_ready_for_ice.pdf
Town Plans Fire/Rescue Merger
Last night the Town Council passed a resolution to not renew the existing contract with the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department, INC (LVFRD) and to seek a merger of LVFRD with the Town to form a new fire and emergency medical services (EMS) department within the town government.
Complete News Release, CLICK HERE.
The Town of Leland will be closed on the following dates in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:
Friday, December 23
Monday, December 26
Tuesday, December 27
Friday, December 30.
We wish you a joy-filled holiday season!