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Magnolia Greens Sidewalk Repair

MAGNOLIA GREENS PLANTATION
NOTICE TO HOMEOWNERS
SIDEWALK REPAIR PROJECT
 
The sidewalk repair and replacement project is scheduled to start Monday, March 27, 2017, and should be completed in 6 weeks, weather permitting. Repairs will take 2 weeks, followed by replacement beginning the week of April 10.
1. Week of March 27 Repairs
2. Week of April 3 Repairs
3. Week of April 10 Replacement
4. Week of April 17 Replacement
5. Week of April 24 Replacement
6. Week of May 1 Replacement

Daily work hours will be weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For repairs the first two weeks, expect to see surveyors and technicians. All workers will be wearing high-visibility clothing.
There are a few homes where sidewalks crossing driveways will be replaced. Homeowners will be notified in advance to allow time for cars to be moved to the street. Affected driveways will be out of service for approximately 4 days.
 




Front Street Ramp to Close Two Days


U.S. 76 Ramp to Front Street Closed Two Days Next Week
 
WILMINGTON – A traffic signal project next week will require the closure of the U.S. 76 ramp from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to U.S. 421/Front Street early next week. The ramp closure will be on Monday, March 27, and Tuesday, March 28, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
Workers will install a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Front Street and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge ramp in preparation for the eight-month closure of U.S. 421/ 3rd Street scheduled to start April 10.
“Drivers who normally use the ramp should make a right at 3rd Street to access Front Street/U.S. 421 Truck,” said Division Traffic Engineer Jessie Leonard. “If traveling in the area, please use caution and obey the posted speed limit. The signal will be in place throughout the 3rd Street closure for the Greenfield Lake Culvert Project.”
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
 
News Release
For Immediate Release
date: March 23, 2017
contact: Brian Rick
/allnews/
(910) 358-6362

 
 





Applications for Leland Town Board or Committees


The Town of Leland has openings on 3 committees/boards:

Economic Development Committee (2 year term)
Infrastructure Committee (2 year term)
Parks and Recreation Board (3 year term)

See the Applications: HERE


Once at the Governmental Portal, scroll down and click on the "Apply" button at the link.
It will look like this:



 




DOT to close Village Point Road Monday


The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close SR 1145 (Village Point Road) 0.1 miles south of SR 1148 (Bill Holden Road) both directions beginning Monday March 20, 2017 at 8:00am continuously through Friday March 31, 2017 at 5:00pm.
 
The Maintenance Department will be replacing twin 60” pipes.
 
The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, encourages motorists to use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.
 
For additional information regarding the dates and times of this closure, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.
 
To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Iris McCombs at NCDOT Brunswick Maintenance (910) 754-6527.
 





Front Street near Greenfield to Close Temporarily


Weekend Closure of Front Street Near Greenfield Lake Starts Friday Night
 
WILMINGTON – The Department of Transportation will close South Front Street at the intersection of Burnett Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road/U.S. 421 in Wilmington this weekend. The closure will be in place from 7 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.
The closure is needed for crews to connect a new waterline to the existing waterline running parallel to South Front Street. It is part of the Greenfield Lake Culvert Replacement project that began in January.
“We ask that drivers be especially careful when traveling in this area,” said Wilmington Resident Engineer Daniel Waugh. “Please follow the detour to South 3rd Street, Burnette Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road.”
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

 




Brunswick County - FREE Dump Week


Twice a year Brunswick County residents can take items to the Landfill for free, some which normally have a tipping fee. Free Dump Week is April 10 - 15, 2017.
A Hazardous Household Waste Collection will be April 15 at Shalotte Middle School.

Please see the BC flyer for details here: FREE DUMP WEEK.





Anne Van Blarcom Kurowski Art Show


Artist Reception - Anne Van Blarcom Kurowski

Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5-6 p.m.
102 Town Hall Drive
2nd Floor Art Gallery
(Prior to the 6 p.m. Regular Council Meeting)

Come meet Anne and see the characters she has captured on canvas.

The work will be on display throughout March 2017.

Click for a look at Anne's work: PORTFOLIO

 





Volunteers needed for Special Olympics


Basketball Skills Day

Special Olympics of NC needs volunteers for the Basketball Skills Day on Wednesday, March 22 from 9 am - 1 p.m at UNCW Trask Gym and Hanover Gym. Volunteers arrive at 9 a.m.


To register to volunteer, please email or call:
 

Tiffany Lesley 910-341-7253 or /allnews/


 






Contacting the DOT


Many of the larger roads (such as Village and Old Fayetteville) and highways around Leland are maintained by the NC DOT (Dept of Transportation).  The DOT is also responsible for replacing or repairing stoplights.
Here is a quick link to their contact page.
CONTACT DOT
 
 




WWAY plans new home in Leland


WWAY to reside in former Thunder Alley near Magnolia Greens entrance


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – After more than half a century in downtown Wilmington, WWAY will soon move to a new home.

Morris Network Inc., WWAY’s parent company, closed this week on the purchase of the former Thunder Alley building in Leland at the entrance of Magnolia Greens.

“This is an exciting time for us,” WWAY General Manager Andy Combs said. “Not many television stations get the chance to design a new space. Given all the changes in technology, media and business that have happened in just the last few years, let alone the last 50, it’ll be great to have a new space designed for our modern needs with room to grow. That’s a benefit not just for us, but for everyone who tunes in to our stations for news and entertainment.”

Major design and construction work on the new WWAY studio will start soon.

"On behalf of the Town Council of Leland, I am excited about WWAY's decision to relocate to Leland," Mayor Brenda Bozeman said. "We appreciate the service they provide to the community and look forward to increasing our friendships with their staff and partnering with them on future activities in the town. Our hope is that their presence in Leland is a testament to the town's commitment to sustainable growth and it will be a catalyst for more growth in the years ahead."

While the station may be leaving Wilmington proper, the move will have no impact on how it serves southeastern North Carolina, especially with the causeway widening that wrapped up last fall and the completion of the I-140 Wilmington Bypass, which is scheduled to be done later this year.

“We will be just minutes from our current location, so little will change in way of logistics,” Combs said. “What’s really exciting is to be part of the continued growth of Brunswick County as a whole. So many of our viewers already know what a great place it is to live and play. We look forward to working there, as well.”

WWAY has been a fixture in downtown Wilmington since it started in 1964 on the 10th floor of the Murchison Building at Front and 2nd streets. In 1969, the station moved four blocks north to its current location, which was the first property sold as part of an urban renewal project, according to George Allen, who worked for WWAY from 1964 until 2016. 

WWAY started operation as southeastern North Carolina’s ABC affiliate in October 1964. In 2013, WWAY added the market’s CW affiliate and since Jan. 1, WWAY has also been the area’s home for CBS.
 
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Road closure on 74/76 in Brunswick County


Roadway Improvements Start Monday for Section of U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County

Work to Upgrade the Road to Interstate Standards

WILMINGTON – Roadway improvement work that starts next week means drivers on U.S. 74/76, eight miles east of the Columbus County line, need to be ready for intermittent lane closures. A contractor for the Department of Transportation is widening lanes, installing rumble strips and repaving the road between I-140 and Pineland Road.
Road widening will make the road safer and provide more room for larger commercial vehicles. Rumble strips, which are typically installed outside the travel lanes, let drivers know if they are unintentionally leaving the roadway. Repaving improves both traction and ride quality on the road, which is especially important during rain and snow events. 

The closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday through Friday, from Feb. 27 through Dec. 16, 2017.

No detours are required, however; motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays at times. NCDOT also reminds motorists to stay alert and obey the posted speed limit while traveling through the work zone.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Contact 910-358-6362 with questions.


 




March Meetings

Council Special Budget Meeting – Wednesday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Infrastructure Committee Meeting – Monday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Economic Development Committee Meeting – Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Council Agenda Meeting – Monday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning Board Meeting – Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Board Meeting – Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.

For Agendas and past meeting minutes, visit the governmental portal link:   MEETINGS
 




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

 - - - and - - - 

Wednesday, February 22
5 PM – 7 PM
Wilmington City Hall
102 South Third Street

 
More information is available on the website at wilmingtonnc.gov/rail.

 




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.

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Rail Realignment Task Force - Wilmington

 
OPEN HOUSE

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:

Board Members
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:
CLICK HERE.
 




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.


 
***NCDOT***
Brian Rick
/allnews/
(910) 358-6362


 




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
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/.