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.
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.
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:
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 WilliamsClosings, Water Testing, Emergency Plans
For complete message from Commissioner Williams, CLICK HERE.
Debris Drop Off Extra HoursDebris 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.
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:
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:
Brunswick County Shelter - Hurricane WarningPrepare for Flash Flooding - Brunswick County Media Release
For immediate release: 10/6/2016
Contact: Amanda Hutcheson, (910) 253-2995
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.
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.
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.:
- riding the bus
- driving an electric car
- driving a hybrid car
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
For Immediate Release
date:September 30, 2016
contact: Brian Rick
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.
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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.
Diverging Diamond to close
The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) will be closed the weekend of September 30, 2016 to place the Thermoplastic pavement markings (depending on weather). Times of road closures are not yet announced.
Document Shredding at SECU
The State Employees Credit Union (near WalMart) is offering free document shredding for individuals (no businesses) on Saturday, October 8 from 9 am - noon. You do not need to be a SECU member to come have your documents shredded.
Click HERE for details.
Speed Limit Forum
Speed Study Open Forum
September 28, 2016
6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The Town of Leland is inviting residents to an Open Forum to view and comment on the proposed speed limit changes. Guests may come and go.
For more details, CLICK HERE .
Cartwheel Branch to close for I-140
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close approximately 0.5 a mile of SR 1430 (Cedar Hill Road) in both directions immediately South of Royster Road NE beginning Monday, September 19th 2016 at 9:00 am until Thursday, September 14th, 2017, weather permitting. A structure is to be constructed over Cartwheel Branch in addition to various utility and roadway operations that is being performed in conjunction with the construction of I-140 from US 74/76 (Andrew Jackson Highway) to SR 1430 (Cedar Hill Road).
Royster Road NE will only be accessible North of the closure, e.g. turn onto SR 1430 (Cedar Hill Road) from SR 1426 (Mt. Misery Road) and travel approx. 3.2 miles South to access SR 1431 (Royster Road).
Full report, CLICK HERE.
Eastbound Cape Fear Bridge
All Inbound Lanes to Wilmington Closed Nightly Starting Monday
Motorists who use the Cape Fear Memorial bridge on U.S. 421 in Wilmington will see several days of overnight lane closures starting Sunday, Sept. 11. The closures are needed so workers can safely inspect and repair various components of the bridge. CLICK HERE for full report.
Agendas for Upcoming Meetings
The Civic Portal has agendas for meetings, meeting dates and more.
Council Agenda Meeting - 12 Sep 2016 - PDF
Council Regular Meeting - 15 Sep 2016 - PDF
Founder's Day - Trunk or Treat, more
Please see the Parks and Recreation FaceBook page for maps and details for upcoming events, like Founder's Day - this Saturday! (Sep. 10)
and Trunk or Treat.
CLICK HERE for the P&R FaceBook link:
(Be sure to Like the Page)
Also see the Town of Leland Facebook Page HERE.
Survey on Affordable Housing
For Brunswick County Residents:
Brunswick Family Assistance and UNCW are conducting an Affordable Housing Survey Sept. 1 - Oct. 13.
A crucial step in identifying solutions to housing affordability is to gather information from community residents regarding their perception of this topic so that community leaders have a complete picture when making decisions and developing a course of action.
If you have any questions or would like paper copies of the survey please contact Olivia Dorsey, Program Manager- Brunswick Family Assistance (910) 754-4766.
To participate, click the link below:
Mosquito Control Services
The Town of Leland Mosquito Control Program is in effect May 1st – November 1st. This program is controlled by National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit issued by the State of North Carolina. The Town of Leland is required under this permit to have a certified licensed operator in order to spray.
Unfortunately the employee who was certified to spray for mosquito recently found employment elsewhere. The town was and still is in the process of having other employees certified. The Town contingency plan is to have Brunswick County Mosquito Control to provide mosquito control services within the Town’s jurisdiction.
Click to read the complete article HERE.