Well, there’s no doubt now that hurricane season is upon us!
Isaias came through our area earlier this week… and earlier in the year than we typically experience a storm of that size.
All things considered, I think we were fortunate, in that there was primarily only minimal damage within our Town. But my heart goes out to all those who suffered significant damage, as well as to our neighbors in Belville and along River Road who were hit by tornadoes.
Now that Isaias has passed us by, it’s a good time to reflect on how important it is to be prepared for a major storm at any point during hurricane season, which, for our area, runs from the start of June until the end of November.
As I’m sure you know, the best time to get ready for a storm is well before a storm is on the way. If you didn’t already have a plan in place, now is a good time to decide with your loved ones on a plan of action if you need to evacuate. Next time you’re are the grocery store, pick up some emergency supplies, such as batteries, water and non-perishable food items. A good rule of thumb is to stock up on enough necessities to last three to five days.You'll find some helpful resources below in this newsletter to help you plan.
The Town, too, is spending this calm before a potential next storm to continue refining our response. The creation this year of an Emergency Management Director position (filled by longtime Leland Fire Chief John Grimes) was a crucial step in that direction. Under Mr. Grimes’ skilled leadership, a task force of Town employees is busy streamlining our internal emergency plans - all with a focus on better serving our community should (let’s be honest... when) the next storm hits.
--- Mayor Brenda Bozeman
Storm Debris Removal
After conducting a Town-wide assessment of damage from Hurricane Isaias, Leland officials have determined that there will be no curbside pickup of vegetative storm debris, at this point.
The Town’s standing contract for the provision of curbside pickup of debris is based on a significant storm (typically Category 3 or higher) that produces substantial and widespread damage throughout all areas of Town. In 2018, even though Hurricane Florence reached landfall as a Category 1 storm, the effects were far greater because significant rainfall and sustained winds for several days caused major damage to all areas of Town, thus initiating the curbside response that is reserved for major disasters.
We understand that many residents were impacted in some way by Hurricane Isaias, and we sympathize with all residents who are dealing with the aftermath of the storm and/or damage to homes and property, including downed limbs and trees. However, that damage was not deemed widespread enough to warrant curbside debris removal as a Town-wide, taxpayer expense.
Yard waste should not be placed in your household trash or recycling bins. If you have vegetative storm debris you would like to dispose of, the following options are available to you:
Brunswick County will hold a free cleanup week at the county landfill, 172 Landfill Road in Bolivia, from August 17 - 22 for county property owners and residents. During this week, construction and demolition debris and vegetative/yard debris will be accepted at no charge. Hours of operation: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, M-F, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturdays. Questions? Call (910) 253-2520.
If you need to get rid of debris now, it may be dropped off at the landfill or at the county convenience center at 9921 Chappell Loop Road in Leland. Hours of operation: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Visit the county website for associated fees and more information.
Contact the Home Crisis Cleanup hotline at 844-965-1386 (toll-free). The hotline assists people in finding free help for storm impacts, including: removal of vegetative debris; roof-tarping; chainsaw work; drywall, flooring, or appliance removal; and mold mitigation.
Registration is now open online and in person for Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Parks and Recreation programs and classes. In-person registration is available Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. Call the LCAC at (910) 385-9891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments.
Leland Town Council's next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 20, in Council's Chambers at Town Hall. As the Town continues to limit public gatherings and follow social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents are encouraged to watch the meeting on the Town's YouTube channel. 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.
Additional August meetings:
Economic Development Committee – 6:00 PM, Thursday, August 13
Planning Board – 6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 25
Leland Cultural Arts Center and Parks and Recreation's sixth annual Open House is going virtual! Meet our instructors and learn more about their classes and programs. Watch video demonstrations and check out student work. Those who tune in to our social media pages on August 29 will receive a registration coupon code available for use that day only.
Economic Development News
The majority of businesses in Leland have reopened after the state entered Phase 2 of the COVID-19 economic recovery process, but many are operating with limited hours and under special restrictions. Please patronize your local businesses as much as possible.
Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine has leased the former Rite-Aid building in front of Waterford and have begun upfitting the building for a family medical practice.
Leland Smoke House has opened in the former Fat Tony’s space. This new restaurant, which will feature southern barbecue and brisket, is owned and operated by the owners of Southport Smoke House.
Wendy’s is planning to build a new restaurant in Brunswick Forest at the corner of Provision Parkway and Hwy. 17.
Clarendon Properties, LLC has a three-acre site under contract next to the Harris Teeter in Waterford on which it plans to build a four-story, 100-room hotel.
Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity has purchased the lot at the corner of Dresser Lane and Village Road on which it plans to construct a new and expanded Restore.
Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?
Forecasters are predicting a much more active season this year - a potential 20 total named storms, nine hurricanes, and four major hurricanes at a level of Category 3 or higher.
The best place to get started on your storm preparations is in your living room or at your dining table. Talk with your family members and loved ones to determine your best course of action. Do you have an emergency kit ready? What will you do if a storm hits - stay at home or evacuate? If you leave town, will you take your pets with you?
Below are some helpful resources from Ready NC to help guide your preparations:
Date: Monday, August 17 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Founders Park Fee: Free (pre-registration required) More info:http://bit.ly/discgolf101
Leland in the News
International student Asami Minei recently shared with Spectrum News reporter Rachel Boyd what it has been like living abroad during a pandemic, as well as how her internship with the Town of Leland helped provide an alternative to direct instruction once in-person classes at UNC-Wilmington were canceled. During her internship with the Town, Asami helped create three new online interactive maps.