News


Agendas online for Council and other meetings


Agendas for upcoming meetings can be found on the Civic Web link.  CLICK HERE.


 




Cape Fear Bridge Work


The NC DOT will be repairing a damaged guardrail on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge beginning tonight (1-16) at 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wednesday (1-17). The outside lanes in each direction will be open, but expect congestion. Drivers may seek alternate routes.




Ploof Road Update

 
The winter storm has caused a significant delay to the completion of the construction on Ploof Road.  Due to the weather delays, Ploof Road is now expected to reopen no earlier than February 9th.  Additional work will remain to be done at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and Ploof after the road reopens.   
 
 
Gary M. Vidmar
Economic & Community Development Director
102 Town Hall Dr.
Leland, NC 28451
(910) 332-4294 (Direct)

 




Economic Development Meeting Canceled


The Economic Development Committee Meeting planned for this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018,  at 6 p.m., has been CANCELLED. 
The next meeting is set for Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m.


 




Trash Collection


CURBSIDE COLLECTION UPDATES


GARBAGE
Waste Industries will resume regular garbage collection routes on Monday, due to road conditions and to ensure employee safety. Customers on routes missed this week can put out extra garbage next week at no charge. Please have any extra garbage bagged and out by your can by 6am on your regular day. Those that were scheduled for pick up on Thursday, January 4th, will be picked up on Thursday, January 11th. Those that were scheduled for pick up on Friday, January 5th, will be picked up on Friday, January 12th.


RECYCLING
Recycling regularly scheduled to be picked up on Thursday, January 4th, will be picked up on Thursday, January 11th. Recycling regularly scheduled to be picked up for Friday, January 5th, will be picked up on Saturday, January 13th.





Boil Water Advisory for Brunswick Forest Residents Rescinded


Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected on January 2, 2018 the water consumers of Brunswick Forest Subdivision in Leland, NC, are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption. The system has resumed normal operations.
This notice is issued and effective January 3, 2018.
 
We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this period. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
PWS ID NO. NC-70-10-058
 
Jimmy Strickland
Public service Director
Town of Leland
910-332-4651

 




Offices Closing Due to Inclement Weather


Leland Town offices and the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) will close at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3 due to inclement weather. Town offices and the LCAC are tentatively scheduled to reopen at noon on Thursday, (1-4-18) weather permitting. Updates will be provided through Town social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor.

The yard debris site on Old Lanvale Road will also be closed tomorrow (1-3-18).

In case of emergency or if you need immediate assistance, please dial 911.

Thank you,

Niel Brooks
Assistant Town Manager

Town of Leland
102 Town Hall Dr.
Leland, NC 28451
(O) 910-332-4818

(M) 910-512-3728
 




Water Outage

System Pressure Advisory!

The water consumers in Brunswick Forest, in Leland NC experience periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system around 9 am on January 2nd, 2018.    Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, the Town of Leland advises that water consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water. 

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.     

 This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.
  
This advisory issued on January 2nd, 2018 by:

                        Jimmy Strickland    
                                                              Public service Director                                                                       Town of Leland
                         910-332-4651

                        
Boiling water concentrates any levels of nitrates that may be present in the water. Infants below the age of six months and pregnant women should use an alternate water supply (e.g., bottled water) whenever possible.





Council Agenda


The Regular Town Council meeting is Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
The mayor and two council members who won the November election, will be sworn in. A reception will follow.

To view the agenda for the meeting, CLICK HERE.


 




How to Comment on Insurance Rate Hike


NC Department of Insurance Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Rate Increase Until Dec. 29
           
Bolivia, NC – Citizens have until Friday, Dec. 29 to submit public comments to the N.C. Department of Insurance regarding a notice from the N.C. Rate Bureau asking for an increase in homeowners insurance rates.
 
While the average statewide requested increase is 18.7 percent, for Brunswick County homeowners, the requested increase is between 23.7 and 25 percent.
 
Citizens who would like to submit comments, concerns or other feedback about the proposed rate increase can do so until Dec. 29. Comments can be submitted by email or mail:
  • Email /allnews/ by Dec. 29
  • Mail to Tricia Ford, 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201. Mail must be received by Dec. 29.
 
For more information, visit http://www.ncdoi.com/media/news2/year/2017/112017a.asp.


 For immediate release: 12/19/17
Contact: Amanda Hutcheson, (910) 253-2995
/allnews/


 




I-I40 ribbon cutting, opening delayed


Ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. for I-140; opening delayed
Leland -- A private ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Friday, December 15 at 11 a.m. for the completion of Interstate 140. However, the road is not yet open to traffic and the official date has not been announced. T he N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) expects the road to open later this month.   
After the opening, work will likely continue on the project into mid-2018. 






Holiday Office Closings - 2017


Town Hall Office Closings

Friday, December 22
Monday, December 25
Tuesday, December 26
Monday, January 1, 2018


Have a safe and happy holiday season!

 




County Considers Water Treatment Options


Brunswick County Provides Information about RFP for
Water Treatment Improvement Options
 
Bolivia, NC – Today, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation from staff about the County’s intention to request proposals from qualified engineering, environmental and water resource firms to evaluate water treatment improvement options for the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
 
“This is a major step forward in protecting the long-term safety and viability of our public drinking water supply,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “We will hire the most qualified firm to review multiple options, and ultimately make a recommendation specific to Brunswick County. This due diligence is critical to ensure that we construct a facility that most effectively removes all contaminants of concern, not just those that have received recent media and public attention.”
 
The selected firm will provide a draft study, with options and cost estimates, to the Board of Commissioners by March 19, 2018, with a final report on April 16, 2018. The selected option will be included in the FY 19 Capital Improvement Plan for design, with construction to commence in FY 20.





Water Hydrant Flow in Brunswick Forest

The following is the schedule for hydrant flowing in Brunswick Forest.  The Fire Department will adhear to the listed schedule. This will put the FD at 100% flow and testing of hydrants for the second consecutive year. 

Brunswick Forest Hydrants




Holiday Arts Market December 2, 2017

 
Local Artists Featured at First Annual Holiday Art Market Organized by Leland Cultural Arts Center
 
 
Leland, NC – The holiday season in Leland is becoming more uniquely festive with the growth of the local artist and fine crafter communities. Local artists and crafters will be showcased at the Holiday Arts Market organized by Leland Cultural Arts Center, Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Admission is free to what will hopefully be an annual tradition, featuring over thirty vendors selling handmade art and fine craft items.  Unique holiday gifts are sure to be found, from one-of-a-kind paintings, fiber art and pottery to jewelry, chocolates, artisan soaps and oils and much more. The Friends of Leland Cultural Arts Center will be on site offering gift wrapping and raffle prizes, all in support of the Leland Cultural Arts Center.   
 
For more information about this event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/114780312627675/ or www.townofleland.com/lcac
 
The Leland Cultural Arts Center, located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland, NC offers a wide variety of art instruction, multi-use event spaces, a public art gallery, and the artisan gift shop Crafted. 
 
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Press Contact:  Julianne Scott
910-385-9891


 




ALDI Bringing Fresh, High-Quality Groceries to Leland Dec. 7

*  SEE Map links below:

Third store in the Wilmington area set to open

 LELAND, NC – ALDI has announced it will open its third grocery store in the Cape Fear region in the flourishing town of Leland. The store is scheduled to open on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the corner of Ploof Road and U.S. Highway 17 in a new 60-acre commercial development called Leland Town Center. ALDI opened two additional stores in Wilmington this summer on Market Street and on College Road. These three area stores are part of the company’s aggressive growth strategy of expanding to nearly 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.
“The town of Leland is excited that ALDI has selected Leland to be the location of its third store in the Cape Fear Region. This is just another example of the attention that our growing town is getting from national retailers,” said Gary Vidmar, the town of Leland’s Economic and Community Development Director.
With its headquarters in Batavia, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, ALDI has been operating in the U.S. for the past 40 years and has pioneered a model built around value, convenience, quality and selection. Everything ALDI does is to benefit the millions of shoppers that walk through its doors each month. From the size of the stores, to quality controls and private label product selection, ALDI keeps its costs low and passes savings directly on to customers.
From organic produce and antibiotic-free meats, to baby items, snacks, gluten-free products, and award-winning wine and cheese, families in Leland will see that ALDI makes grocery shopping easy and convenient, especially given its hand-picked selection and smaller size. Case in point: the Leland store will be approximately 19,000 square feet, while the average grocery store is more than 45,000 square feet.
“We are one of America’s favorite and fastest growing retailers because our customers trust us to consistently and conveniently deliver the highest quality at the lowest prices,” said Krysta Cearley, Salisbury division vice president for ALDI. “We look forward to opening our doors to the Leland community next month, and bringing the ALDI shopping experience to residents who already know and love ALDI, as well as new fans.”
For more information contact Gary Vidmar at 910-332-4294 /allnews/, or Jackie Harlow, Tourism and Marketing Coordinator at 910-550-2477 /allnews/.
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MORE DETAILS:

Letter to property owners regarding road work

Ploof Road Detour Map

Aldi Entrance Temporary

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Press Contact: Gary Vidmar
910-332-4294

 




Recent GenX Results

 
Brunswick County GenX Test Results
           
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply. Samples taken on Oct. 26 revealed levels of 39.5 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 38.4 parts per trillion in the finished water source.
 
NC Health and Human Services has established the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water at 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion).
 
More information, including test results for other perflourinated compounds, can be found at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/.
 





Slide Show on Town Projects


Please click the following for an update on Town of Leland projects.

Slides on Upcoming Projects.





Boy Scouts install birdhouses in Westgate Park


Boy Scouts Build Homes for Bluebirds in Westgate Park

Leland, NC – On Thursday, November 2, Leland Boy Scout Troop 747 and Arrow of Light Den/Pack 747, in cooperation with Leland Parks and Recreation, installed twelve birdhouses at Westgate Park.  This project is part of an ongoing initiative to encourage birds and wildlife to inhabit Leland parks and add educational opportunities to the outdoor classroom at Westgate Park.  With materials provided by the Town of Leland, the scouts of Troop 747 and Arrow of Light Den/Pack 747 earned merit badges while learning skills as they constructed the houses designed specifically to attract nesting blue birds.

“We are looking forward to seeing all the new "homes" up in the park. The boys' initials were burned on the side so they can find their house and show off their work to family and friends. This was a great experience for all of us, and I'm thrilled we were able to do this project for the birds, and for our community. These opportunities really have a positive impact on our Scouts and our organization.” said Kate Gennaro, Arrow of Light Den Leader, Pack 747 Leland.  

Troop 747 includes Scoutmaster Dennis Harp, Asst. Scoutmaster Scottie Zimmerle, and participating scouts Gregory, Micah, Bryndan, Kweli, Trevor, and Dean. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/troop747leland/

Pack 747, Arrow of Light includes Cubmaster Ken Kasten, Den Leader, Kate Gennaro and participating scouts James, Julian, Parker, Colton, Zakary and visiting Bear Cub Scout Khalil.  Website: http://pack747leland.com

Westgate Nature Park is located at 1260 West Gate Drive, occupies 150 acres of wetlands and uplands on the south side of Highway 17, and currently features a paved hiking/biking trail, elevated boardwalk, scenic outdoor classroom, a state-of-the-art playground, picnic area, event lawn, parking, lush landscaping, utilities and associated amenities. http://www.townofleland.com/recreation-parks
 
   

 






Magnolia Greens Sewer Spill Plan Developed


LELAND AND BRUNSWICK COUNTY UTILITIES DEVELOP PLAN AIMED AT REDUCING MAGNOLIA GREENS SEWER SPILLS
 
 
LELAND – The Town of Leland, Brunswick County Utilities, and Division of Environmental Quality have developed a plan that could potentially improve issues with sewer overflows related to Lift Station #3 in the Magnolia Greens neighborhood. This action plan comes after the results of an initial study by SEPI Engineering that showed a previous agreement between participants in the regional system could be modified that would allow the Town to increase its pumping capacities into the regional system and thereby reduce the potential for sanitary sewer overflows in the Town’s collection system. 
 
When not operating at their full potential, the Town’s pumps have not been able to overcome opposing pressures within the Brunswick County Regional Transmission Pipe system at certain times, thus resulting in the potential of water backing up in the system and overflowing from manholes in the area. The original 2009 agreement reduced the Town’s pumping capacity in order to address overall system capacity issues within the Brunswick County Regional Transmission System.
 
The Town of Leland and Brunswick County, in cooperation with other participants in the regional system, plan to continue to evaluate the system over the next six months and will make adjustments as necessary to alleviate overflow issues while maintaining the integrity of the wastewater transmission system. The staff of the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Brunswick County, and the Town met to discuss the system concerns and the Town will continue to inform and work with DEQ on the progress being made.
 
For additional information regarding the actions taken, contact Public Utilities Director Jimmy Strickland at 910-332-4651 or e-mail /allnews/.


 




Helpful Information on Opioid Epidemic


This guide features information and resources you can use to protect your loved ones from the threat of opioid addiction. Decades of over-prescription, along with wide-spread misconceptions about drug addiction, have led to a shocking rise in overdose deaths. The devastation is pervasive, leaving families of every type and communities of every size grieving and searching for answers in the wake.

https://www.sterlinglawyers.com/opioid-epidemic-psa/
 




Films to Preview at Cultural Arts Center


Films Announced for Cucalorus Preview Event at Leland Cultural Arts Center
 
Leland, NC – Leland Cultural Arts Center will host a free Cucalorus Film Festival preview event on Friday, November 3 from 12 pm to 3 pm.  This special collection of seven short films was curated by Cucalorus director Dan Brawley, film festival staff, and the Leland Cultural Arts Center.  Attendees will be captivated by films that feature knife-wielding ex-cons in Cleveland, a sword fighting septuagenarian in Germany, art, dance, environmentalism, vintage records and roller skates. This event is free to the public and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.  Filmmakers will be in attendance for questions & answers during the event.
 
Film lineup is as follows:
Stopgap in Stop Motion
Stephen Featherstone 
Photographs of performers in an inclusive dance company come to life. The individual artists dance out of the photos and across table tops until the whole company meet and perform in unison. The film combines live action and animation techniques.
 
All Skate, Everybody Skate
Nicole Triche
A portrait of a woman in her late seventies who has known hard times and met them with head-on with grit and an extraordinary work ethic that has kept her climbing that wooden staircase each evening to rent and repair skates, spin vintage 45s, and weave smoothly in-between the tourists in her white skates with the red wheels.
 
Brushstrokes
Jillian Carney
10th St and Fanning of Wilmington, NC was considered one of the most rundown parts of the city. Janna Robertson of UNCW saw it as a canvas and decided, “Through painting exotic flora and creatures, our goal is to transform and beautify a somewhat forgotten part of Wilmington that could really use the community’s love.” The gray wall is becoming a vibrant homage to various organizations’ artwork throughout Wilmington
 
Under the Mask
Alex Hoelscher 
Erica Julien, age 71, embarks on a journey to compete in the World Fencing Championship. This leads her back to the town in Germany she was born in as a refugee after WWII. She must come to terms with her birth, her history and her place in the world while sword fighting in this coming-of-age story.
 
Now You See It
Rebecca Manley 
A short film, about environmental damage, featuring the voice of Ewan McGregor.
 
Straws
Linda Booker 
Get that plastic out of your mouth! (and out of sea turtles’ noses too.) Narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS illustrates with humor and heart how individuals, groups and businesses around the globe are reducing single-use plastic pollution, one straw at a time.
 
Knife Skills
Thomas Lennon
What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? We follow the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland and in this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant’s founder, himself haunted by his time in jail. They all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives, an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.
 
The Leland Cultural Arts Center offers a wide variety of art instruction, multi-use event spaces, a public art gallery, and the artisan gift shop Crafted.  It is located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland, NC.
 

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Press Contact:  Julianne Scott
910-385-9891

 




Audit Shows Strong Financial Health for Leland


 
LELAND, NC – The Town of Leland has received an unmodified, or “clean” audit opinion with a notation of “strong” financial health, according to Alan Thompson of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co, P.A., an independent, outside auditing firm. The results of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 financial audit were presented to the Leland Town Council on October 19, 2017 at the Council’s regular meeting. 
The audit included a few key financial indicators of note:
  • Total Fund Balance increased to 95.91% of General Fund Expenditures.  This is up from 89.48% and 72.99% in FY15-16 and FY14-15, respectively.
  • General Fund cash balances increased to $9.4M, an increase of over $1.8M from the previous fiscal year, and an increase of $2.8M from FY12-13.
  • Revenues exceeded expenditures by $1.4M which is a slight decrease from the previous two fiscal years where revenues exceeded expenditures by more than $1.7M each year.
  • Collection percentages for property and motor vehicle tax increased to 98.93%, the highest percent for the Town.
  • The Utility Enterprise Fund Balance increased by $727K to $46.2M, while the cash balance increased by $616K to $11.4M.     
In addition, the audit noted financial statement disclosures as neutral, consistent and clear, no disagreements with management and no difficulties encountered during the audit.
For more information on the audit results, contact Missy Rhodes, Finance Director, at 910-332-4295 or /allnews/. A copy of the audit is available on the Town’s website at http://www.townofleland.com/business-resources.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : October 31, 2017
Leland Audit Shows Strong Financial Health for the Town
Press Contact:  Missy Rhodes
910-332-4295

 




Brunswick County files suit against Chemours and DuPont

 

10.31.2017

STATEMENT FROM BRUNSWICK COUNTY

Bolivia, NC – The filing of formal legal action against Chemours and DuPont represents another crucial step in protecting our public drinking water supply. It sends a clear message that Brunswick County will simply not stand for the discharge of emerging or unregulated chemicals into our public drinking water supply. Let us be clear…we will ensure that any company that threatens this vital resource is held responsible. Furthermore, our litigation team is consulting the nation’s leading experts to determine the best long-term water testing and treatment methods for the entire county. As part of that, we will ensure that the costs for doing so do not fall upon the rate payers, but upon those dumping the unregulated chemicals in the water.


TOP ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEYS WITH BARON & BUDD AND SEAGLE LAW REPRESENT NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY IN LAWSUIT AGAINST CHEMICAL COMPANIES

DALLAS – Oct. 31, 2017 – Today, Brunswick County, North Carolina, took the first important step of addressing the long term contamination of the Cape Fear River by DuPont and Chemours. The national law firm of Baron & Budd announced today that it has filed suit on behalf of Brunswick County in the United States Eastern District of North Carolina against Chemours and DuPont for their role in contaminating the Cape Fear River. The firm is pursuing legal action on the County’s behalf to recover costs required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove chemicals from drinking water drawn from the Cape Fear River. Harold Seagle of North Carolina-based Seagle Law will serve as co-counsel in the case.

Through initial investigations, Brunswick County has obtained evidence that Chemours and DuPont not only manufactured dangerous perfluorinated chemicals (“PFCs”) at the Fayetteville Works plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina since 1980, but also released PFC chemicals into the Cape Fear River over the span of many years without disclosure. The companies have continued to deposit PFCs into the river as recently as September 2017.

The legal team representing Brunswick County will be led by Baron & Budd Shareholder Scott Summy, one of the most successful water contamination litigators in the U.S. Summy and the Baron & Budd team have won over $1 billion for clients facing water contamination issues. Summy also brings a lengthy track record of protecting the drinking water of North Carolina residents. In the 1990s, he filed the first MTBE lawsuit against Conoco on behalf of Wilmington residents, which was settled in 1997 after a Wilmington-based jury rendered a multi-million-dollar verdict to cover the costs of medical monitoring.

DuPont is the fourth largest chemical company in the world based on market capitalization as of 2017, and is ranked No. 117 on the 2017 Fortune 500 list. The Chemours Company was spun off by DuPont in 2015, and today, it is a publicly-traded Fortune 500 Company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

“To think that DuPont and Chemours released their waste products directly into the Cape Fear River, which it knew was public drinking water for thousands of people, is unimaginable,” said Summy. “The unfortunate challenge now facing Brunswick County is contaminated drinking water caused by the non-disclosed deposit of PFCs into the Cape Fear River. The County is dedicated to ensuring its residents’ safety and quality of life are protected, which is why it has filed a lawsuit to resolve this situation.”

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Cucalorus Festival Expands to LCAC


Cucalorus Film Festival Expands to Leland Cultural Arts Center
 
Leland, NC – Cucalorus Film Festival and Leland Cultural Arts Center, two growing forces in the art world, are joining together for the first time this year with a pre-festival film screening event on November 3.
 
Internationally renowned and locally famous film festival Cucalorus will travel over the bridge from its traditional venue lineup in Downtown Wilmington to offer a sneak preview of the festival showings at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Friday, November 3 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.   This event is free to the public and will feature a curated selection of short films, chosen specifically for this unprecedented event.  The Leland Cultural Arts Center offers a wide variety of art instruction, multi-use event spaces, a public art gallery, and the artisan gift shop Crafted.  It is located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland, NC.
 
Film festivities of a different sort will continue the following evening at the final showing in Leland’s Movies in the Park series.  The Town of Leland has partnered with Cucalorus to bring their outdoor screen, equipment and concessions to Leland Municipal Park for free kid-friendly entertainment under the stars throughout the fall.  Families are invited to bring blankets and lawnchairs to the park on Saturday, November 4 at sundown to enjoy a showing of The Smurfs: Lost Village .  Pets, alcohol and smoking are prohibited.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Leland Municipal Park is Located at 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC.

Press Contact:  Julianne Scott
910-385-9891