Everywhere you look around Town these days, you'll see festive signs of the holiday season. And perhaps none so festive as those right here at Town Hall!
Town staff has been working hard to prepare for our upcoming Day of Christmas in Leland - set for this Saturday, Dec. 7 - which will feature our annual tree lighting ceremony and - new this year - a dazzling display of holiday lights throughout Founders Park (formerly Municipal Park). Leland in Lights gets underway at 6:00 PM and, at 6:30 PM, Santa will be in his workshop to visit with children and take photos. There's also train rides through the park, hot drinks and desserts!
Before the sun goes down and the lights go up in the park Saturday, the Leland Cultural Arts Center will host its annual Holiday Art Market from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Featuring dozens of local and regional artisans, the market is always a great way to find some really unique gifts for the friends and loved ones on your list!
Need some more holiday cheer?
We'll have a special double-feature edition of our Movies in the Park series featuring the modern holiday classic, "Elf," followed by "The Nightmare Before Christmas," at 6:00 PM next Friday, Dec. 13.
And because Santa loves Leland (almost as much as I do!), he'll be back in Town on Dec. 17 to enjoy a magical breakfast sure to get the little ones even more excited about Christmas! The event, which begins at 9:00 AM at the LCAC, is for children ages 3-5. Older kids, never fear - Santa has a special treat for children 5-10 the following day (Dec. 18), when he'll decorate and sample some cookies with the kids and delight them in a story or two.
With all these activities happening in Leland (all free and family-oriented, too!), we hope you'll be in the holiday spirit for weeks to come! Read about more of our events and, including a food donation drive on Dec. 6, in the newsletter below.
--- Mayor Brenda Bozeman
Town Hall Meetings
Dec. 10 at 3:00 PM – Audit Committee Meeting
Dec. 12 at 6:00 PM – Economic Development Committee Meeting
Dec. 16 at 11:00 AM – Council Agenda Meeting
Dec. 17 at 6:00 PM – Planning Board Meeting
Dec. 19 at 6:00 PM – Council Regular Meeting
Leland in Lights Founders Park (formerly Municipal Park) & Leland Town Hall
Saturday, Dec. 7
6:00 - 8:00 PM
The night’s festivities will kick off as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand entrance into Leland at 6:00 PM to lead our Annual Tree Lighting at Town Hall, accompanied by the North Brunswick High School Chorus. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Santa will open the doors to his workshop, magically transported from the North Pole. Guests can also tour the Leland in Lights display, co-sponsored by the Leland Tourism Development Authority, by train through Founders Park and enjoy warm beverages and sweet treats!
Help our Police and Fire departments "pack" a patrol car and "stuff" a truck for area residents in need!
Bring non-perishable food items to the Leland Walmart, 1112 New Pointe Blvd., from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM this Friday, Dec. 6. Items will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance's local office.
Pack the Patrol Car was launched in Leland in 2017, when Walmart and local public safety officials decided to work together to help our neighbors in need. Last year, the effort pulled in 3,110 pounds of food and approximately $4,000 in monetary donations.
Check the Leland Police Department's Facebook page for this year's tally of donated items.
Special Event Parking
The holidays are upon us, which means you may be planning a party or other social event at your home. If you plan to have guests park along a publicly owned street within the Town, please keep in mind that you will need a special one-day (24 hours maximum) event permit.
You may request up to 25 visitor temporary parking permits for a single event, and permits are issued by the Leland Police Department free of charge. You must, however, request any parking permits at least five days before your event.
For more information, visit the Town's website or call (910) 371-1100.
Do you need to know your recycling schedule for 2020? A full calendar is available for download at the link below:
What is the “LELAND VFEE” included in my property tax bill? The amount that appears on your bill is an annual municipal vehicle tax, approved by Leland Town Council, per staff’s recommendation, in the 2019-20 fiscal year budget. This is the first year the Town has enacted the municipal vehicle tax. The Town levied a $30 tax per registered vehicle with an address in the Leland town limits with their annual budget ordinance. What is the purpose of a municipal vehicle tax? Cities and towns in North Carolina are authorized, under general state law, to levy a motor municipal vehicle tax from $5 to $30 on vehicles. Municipalities can use $5 of the tax revenue generated for any lawful purpose. Additionally, cities and towns that operate a public transportation system can use another $5 of the tax revenue on the maintenance and operations of that system. The remaining revenue generated from a municipal vehicle tax must be spent on public street projects, including maintenance and repair, construction, widening, and other general improvements.
How will the Town of Leland use its municipal vehicle tax revenue? The Town has budgeted all revenue from its municipal vehicle tax for the maintenance and repair of Town-owned streets. This year, a large portion of that funding is being used for the Mallory Creek Drive patching project. This project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, makes critical repairs to the road that connects Highway 133 to Highway 17, thus providing greater connectivity and quicker response times for emergency services.
Leland in the News
Leland Police Chief Mike James has announced his retirement effective Feb. 1, 2020, and Town officials have appointed current Deputy Chief Brad Shirley as his replacement.
Holiday Double Feature: 'Elf' & 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Founders Park (formerly Municipal Park)
Friday, Dec. 13
Join us for a chilly Holiday Double Feature for all ages! We'll warm up with "Elf" to get you in the sugary spirit, then move on to "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Movies will start at 6:30 PM and Tasty Tee's food truck will be serving up a warm dinner on site starting at 6:00 PM. Bring a blanket and friends and family but please leave pets, alcohol, and tobacco products at home.
Leland Cultural Arts Center's Holiday Concert will feature high-energy, all electric strings. Come celebrate with us!
'Tis the Season for Giving! Please bring your new, unwrapped gifts to Leland Cultural Arts Center's collection box for Toys for Tots. The box will be located beside the front doors of the LCAC, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, until Monday, Dec.16. So, spread the holiday cheer and donate today!