COVID-19 Updates As the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues - and the N.C. Stay at Home Order and social distancing measures remain in place - staying informed and connected is more important than ever.
Town Meetings If you missed the live stream of Leland Town Council's regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 16, a recording is still available for viewing on the Town's YouTube channel. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed and downloaded from the Town's website.
Please note: The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, has been canceled.
Q&A with Mayor Brenda Bozeman: COVID-19 From Port City Daily
How have you been coping with stay-at-home orders?
Social distancing is difficult for someone as social as I am! But I have taken the stay at home order seriously and remained at home, other than a couple of trips to buy necessities. I think it is so important right now for city and town officials everywhere to set an example for others by following all guidelines and restrictions being set.
What are you hearing from constituents?
Most people I have talked to just can’t wait for this to be over. But I think most everybody is taking this seriously and staying away from others. I think the emotions people are feeling vary — some feel frustrated, some have focused on and are appreciative of the extra quality time they’re getting right now with their families. But, in general, I think people are scared and business owners are worried and they all just want to know when this is going to be over. And I wish I had an answer to give them.
Do you agree with the statewide stay-at-home order? Should it be more restrictive? Less restrictive?
The Governor is relying on health officials during this situation to advise him on the best next steps. That is what the County is doing, as well. So, in turn, that’s what we are doing here in Leland. Just as the Governor and Brunswick County officials trust the advice of their health experts, we trust and are following the rules laid out at the state and county levels on the guidance of health officials. I think it’s important to note, too, that this is a constantly evolving situation and decisions have to often be made quickly and without the benefit of experience or lessons learned; this is something that we’ve never dealt with before. So, as long as people stay informed of any new changes or restrictions and continue to follow those guidelines and restrictions already in place, they should be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Recognizing it may still be too soon to tell, are there any town services, departments, or projects that you are particularly concerned about should revenues be negatively impacted?
I think it’s too soon to tell but in terms of departments and services currently, I think we have a good set-up at the Town. We’re still issuing building permits, for example. We’re still providing the same services; we’ve just had to handle things in a different way during this pandemic.
Can you share any other thoughts, reflections, or advice you may have for concerned residents during this difficult time?
I would just remind people that it is crucial to follow precautions. Be cautious on how close you come into contact with others. Stay home unless you need to go out. And it’s ok to feel overwhelmed or scared or frustrated. We’re all feeling those same things at times. But your overall well-being matters, too. Try to stay positive and find activities that bring you some laughter and joy. I know we will get through this, and I truly believe we will come out of this stronger than we were before.
Feeling a bit stir crazy? Luckily, there are lots of new online opportunities for exercise, entertainment, education, and enrichment offered for free by local groups and national organizations alike.
You can find many of them in one place - the Town of Leland Parks and Recreation Department and the Leland Cultural Arts Center's "Big List" of virtual activities. Below is a sampling of items; you can view the full list, which is updated often, on Leland Parks and Recreation's Facebook page or by clicking on the image above.
Fire Chief Appointed to New Emergency Management Role
The Town recently announced the creation of an emergency management role to better prepare for natural disasters and other situations that impact the community.
This new role will be headed by John Grimes, who has served Leland Fire/Rescue for 30 years, 26 of those as chief. He is a past president of the Board of Directors of the NC State Firefighter's Association and the Brunswick County Fire Chief’s Association. Grimes also formerly served as a board member of the Eastern NC Firefighters Association.
The Town has already begun recruiting for a new Fire Chief. In the interim, Grimes will remain in his current role, while also beginning to prepare for his transition to Emergency Management Director.
The Leland Cultural Art Center's (LCAC's) annual Spring Art Market is going virtual this year! Shop goods from all your favorite local artisans and craftsmen from the comfort of your own home. Stop by the LCAC social media pages on Saturday, May 2, where we will be sharing artists and their websites, Instagram, and Facebook pages all day long. Don’t miss out on unique accessories, home goods, fine art, and more!
Why do I need to wear a face mask now? In light of recent data about how COVID-19 spreads - along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country - the CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth to protect people around you if you are infected but not exhibiting symptoms.
When should I wear a face mask? Whenever you are in a community setting, especially those that put you in closer proximity to people, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Please remember that a mask is not a substitute for social distancing; you should still follow the six-foot separation rule when in public.
What type of cloth mask should I be wearing? Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost. Earlier this month, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams posted a video on a simple technique for making masks. Why does the CDC recommend cloth masks instead of surgical masks? Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers or other medical first responders, as recommended by CDC guidance.