These last few months have been challenging, confusing and, sometimes, scary for us all. While COVID-19 is still something we should all take caution to protect against, it does appear that (fingers crossed), we’re slowly but surely starting to get back to normal.
While I’m as impatient as anyone (if not more so!) to see a return to outdoor concerts, backyard parties, and all the countless gatherings we used to take for granted, I do think that slow is a good thing in this situation. With an ounce or two of caution, hopefully when things finally do return to normal, we won’t have to worry about having to shut business doors or stay at home ever again. I’m so happy to see a return of our small businesses and I hope to see them not just survive but also thrive and grow in the near future and beyond.
I and my fellow Leland Town Council members are certainly supportive of this careful approach, and I know Town staff are, too. We continue to take measures to limit in-person interactions at Town Hall – whether it be to pay a utility bill or attend a public meeting – while maintaining courtesy, customer service and a sense of community.
Speaking of community, I can’t wait to get back to one of my favorite activities – sharing my love of Leland and its history with newcomers, visitors and long-time residents alike! It has been a blessing and true gift for me to be able to lead the Leland You Don’t Know historical tour, and I have been so humbled by the popularity of this sell-out series.
I’m crossing my fingers (and maybe even my toes!) on this one… but with continued loosening of statewide restrictions, Leland You Don’t Know could be back on the road by the end of this summer or early this fall. Until then, I’ll keep finding ways to keep myself busy and connected to my community.
Stay safe and hope to see you on the tour – or at a Town event – soon!
How is Leland’s curbside recycling program changing?
The Town of Leland is transitioning its curbside recycling program from the current twice-monthly schedule to once per month.
When will this change occur?
The switch to monthly pick-up will take effect at the start of the 2020-21 fiscal year on July 1. Current pick-up frequency and days remain in place through June 30.
Why is it changing?
The cost to maintain curbside recycling has continued to increase in recent years due to international disruptions and inefficiencies in the industry, as documented in national and international news reports.
The Town spent approximately $389,000 on its curbside recycling program in fiscal year 2016-17. That figure has grown to just over $571,000 in the current fiscal year and was expected to rise more than 21 percent to $723,389 - or nearly double from just four years ago – in the 2020-21 fiscal year.
The estimated annual cost to the Town for the new monthly recycling program is approximately $577,000.
Will my recycling pick-up schedule change?
GFL Environmental, Inc., will continue to provide curbside recycling services and will pick up recycling bins in Leland neighborhoods and communities on Fridays.
Residents may visit the Town of Leland website to determine which Friday of the month their pick-up schedule will fall. A copy of the map and key is also featured below in this newsletter.
What if I cannot store a month’s worth of recyclables in my bin?
Residents who need an additional bin can secure one directly through GFL at a cost of $6.75 per month or $81 for one year. The total annual cost will be billed in advance. To secure an additional bin, or for recycling questions, Leland residents should contact GFL, (910) 253-4177.
Recreation in a Box:
A box designed to inspire creativity, activity, and fun for your child
$25 per box
Recommended for ages 6+
Kids Run Leland:
Online-based running program for kids and families
Great for beginners or to stay active over the summer!
$10 per family
Recommended for ages 8+
Live on Facebook!
More information coming soon
Leland Town Council's next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 18, in Council's Chambers at Town Hall. As the Town continues to limit public gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents are encouraged to watch a live stream of the meeting on the Town's YouTube channel. If you cannot watch the meeting live, a recording will remain on YouTube. You may also submit public comments and input on public hearings online, and your feedback will be shared with Council as part of the next meeting agenda packet.
Please note: The Council Agenda meeting scheduled for Monday, June 15, has been canceled
Recycling Route Map
Map Key M1: Windsor Park, Grayson Park, Snee Farm, Stoney Creek, Lanvale Forest, Wedgewood, Village Rd. (west of Sturgeon Creek Bridge) - 1st Friday collection M2: Magnolia Greens, Waterford, The Arbors - 2nd Friday collection M3: Brunswick Forest - 3rd Friday collection M4: Mallory Creek, Westport, Jackey's Creek, Belvedere, The Willows, Old Fayetteville Rd. area, Village Rd. (east of Sturgeon Creek Bridge) - 4th Friday collection
Safety Spot: Storm Preparation
From Leland Fire/Rescue Department
Thunderstorms. Lightning strikes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. We know the season is upon us, and more is coming… that’s just part of living in the southeast.
But are you prepared?
What are your plans if a large storm approaches our area? Will you stay or head out of town?
If you decide to leave your home during a hurricane or other natural disaster, it’s important to take some time now to come up with a list of items to take with you. Discussing your plans with your family ahead of time. This will make it easier when National Weather Service is informing us of an approaching storm and you decide to put your plan into action.
The following list is not exhaustive but can help you start thinking and preparing:
Cell phone – Don’t forget your charger, and take some time to jot down important numbers (i.e. family members) on a piece of paper, so emergency responders can find it if needed. Most cell phones have a lock feature, so having this list available can save time. Also make and keep a list of contacts here at home, so you have them readily available to call for updates and setting up repairs, if needed.
Medications – Make a list of what you take, again, for the sake of emergency responders. Your list could include your local doctor’s contact information and the number to your pharmacy. Make sure you have enough medications to last a few weeks.
Vehicle – Pack your car with jumper cables, a blanket, water, and snacks in case you get stuck and have to spend time in your car. Is your car ready for travel? When was the last time you inspected and changed your wiper blades? Have your mechanic check it out…it’s better to have all repair done and your vehicle in ready condition. You don’t want to break down.
Important documents – Set aside what you think you would need – passport, birth certificate, marriage license, etc. – especially if it will take some time to get back into your home. Have your auto and/or home insurance policy information handy, as well… you will need it. Have you local agents phone number and e-mail contact with you.
Computers and iPads – Have your charging cable ready to go. Whatever you use to access the internet will be critical (some people just use their phones) to be able to find information.
Weather alert radio – Keep a weather radio around the house that can alert you 24 hours a day. Or download a weather alert app on your cell phone.
Flashlight – if the power goes out, having a flashlight is crucial, especially so you can conserve your cell phone battery. Keep extra batteries available in case you need to use this for multiple days.
Gas grill – If you use a gas grill, make sure your tank is full if you plan on using that for cooking.
Generators – If you use one, have fuel in a proper container to use and insure it is properly vented and not being used indoors.
Smoke and CO detectors – Make sure you have changed the battery in your detectors, so that they will work properly if the power goes out, and provide you with security and protection to alert you if an issue arises in your home. If they go off, get out and call 9-1-1.
Keys – Car and house keys should be nearby to grab if you have to leave in a hurry.
“Go” bag – This should include clothing (not your entire wardrobe!), food and water, medications, eyeglasses, sunglasses, and any other essential and/or important items that are easily carried and readily available to grab in a moment's notice.
Family heirlooms – You can’t take everything, but we probably all have that favorite piece, handed down through generations, that you want to be sure to keep. You need to pick and choose… You aren’t moving, so focus just on those important items that you don’t want to lose.
That should get you started! There are lots of resources online to help you fine-tune and personalize your list. And get some valuable lessons learned from friends and neighbors who can speak from personal experience about what worked and what they regret not doing.
Be prepared, and remember to practice safety all 52 weeks of the year!