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


PLEASE NOTE:  The burn exercise that was printed earlier was from 2016.  We regret updating an old file. Thank you.

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.
Residents are notified for information only. The Fire and Rescue department does not regulate open burning in our area. Questions may be directed to NC Forestry Service and NC Air Quality.
Smoke will be at its heaviest in the morning hours and will dissipate as the morning moves on.


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

By  Jackie Torok Managing Editor

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.
Matthew Smith/ORC
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 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


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.

Holiday Hours


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!

Discharge of Untreated Water

Special Meeting Dec. 21


The Town Council has called a Special Meeting for Wednesday, December 21 at 6 p.m. for town staff to present a Fire Service Study, as well as receive public comment.

Agenda link:…

Survey on NC DOT transportation

We’re working with NCDOT to administer a survey to NCDOT customers across the state.  As part of this process, there is an online survey available to anyone interested in sharing their opinions about transportation services in North Carolina.  The survey is available at:
We would appreciate any effort you can take to share this with residents in your area.  We hope to have good representation from every county and municipality, so if you have contacts at these levels who would be willing to share the survey link, please share this information.
NCDOT News Release about the survey:
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Tracy Anderson
Communications Specialist NC Vision Zero
NC LTAP Program Coordinator
Institute for Transportation Research & Education (ITRE)
North Carolina State University
Centennial Campus Box 8601
Raleigh, NC 27695-8601

No loss of life on our roads is acceptable.


Officer Shot in Line of Duty

On Friday evening, December 9, 2016, one of Leland’s Police Officers, Jacob Schwenk was involved in an incident in which he was shot multiple times resulting in multiple injuries to his lower extremities.  He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.  The surgery was successful and he is in stable condition.  However, he has a long recovery ahead of him.  We ask for everyone’s prayers of support for his continued recovery now and for the months to come.
The incident is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  As such, no further details regarding the incident will be made available until that investigation has concluded.  We ask for privacy for Officer Schwenk and his family during this time also.
For complete report, CLICK HERE.


Water violated turbidity test

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct this situation.
We routinely monitor your water for turbidity (cloudiness).  This tells us whether we are effectively filtering the water supply.  Normal turbidity levels at our plant are 0.05 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU).  Water samples taken on October 20th 2016 showed levels of a maximum of 1.8 NTU.  This was above the standard of 1 NTU.  Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO BOIL YOUR WATER OR TAKE OTHER ACTION.  All testing and results show that that all the water leaving the water treatment plant were in compliance with State and Federal standards. FOR FULL REPORT, CLICK HERE.

Agenda for Council Meeting

Council Agenda Meeting - 12 Dec 2016 - Agenda:

Open Final:
Council Agenda Meeting - 12 Dec 2016 - PDF
Council Agenda Meeting - 12 Dec 2016 - Split-screen
Current Item Status: Published
Council Regular Meeting - 15 Dec 2016 - Agenda:

Open Final:
Council Regular Meeting - 15 Dec 2016 - PDF
Council Regular Meeting - 15 Dec 2016 - Split-screen
Current Item Status: Published
Visit the Government Portal for meeting dates and agendas, CLICK HERE.


Road Closure - Fairview

NOTICE: Fairview Road Closure at 117 Fairview Rd – December 12th through December 16th, 2016
This is to give notice that we will be closing Fairview Road from December 12th through December 16th for the following work to be complete:
Remove median and all trees/shrubs
Install 2 -36” storm drain pipes
Relocate existing 6” water line
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Vamvakias 910-332-3524 or /allnews/
We hope to complete this work as efficiently as possible.  Thank you.
For Alternate Route, CLICK HERE.


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

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