As we enter the holiday season, my thoughts have turned to the concept of gratitude.
I am thankful for so many things – my family, of course, and my friends, but also the great achievements we have made this year for the Town.
Looking back over the last year, I am grateful that we are successfully managing the rapid growth in Leland. In any area, no matter how big or small, keeping pace with growth can be a challenge. Considering Leland’s population increased by nearly 11 percent just between 2017 and 2018 alone, the Town’s leadership is faced with quite an ongoing challenge, indeed!
Yet, through careful planning and consideration of our citizens, I and my fellow council members were able to approve a 2019-20 budget this summer that balanced the impacts of growth with the needs of our residents. Our current fiscal year budget - which includes more than $1 million to handle road maintenance and funds to increase our police and other public safety staff - didn’t include a tax rate increase for our residents.
I am thankful that the people of Leland – whether long-time residents or newcomers – seem to share a love for this area they now call home. I can see that in the continued popularity of our Leland You Don’t Know historical tour. One of my favorite things to do is share the Town I love with others, so I couldn’t be more thrilled and proud that the tour continues to be a sell-out event.
Speaking of Leland’s history, perhaps my proudest achievement this year has been the tribute we paid to our Town founders. This year’s Founders’ Day event was a milestone – the 30th – and I wanted to ensure that the important foundation laid by our first mayor, Russell Baldwin, and his fellow founders was properly honored and celebrated.
I feel humbled and blessed to have been able to sit at the table with some of these fine folks and/or their family members during the Founders’ Day luncheon, and even more thankful that future generations will know our founders through the memorial plaque we placed in the newly named Founders Park (formerly Municipal Park).
But more than anything, I am thankful to you, Leland residents. The heart of any small town or big city is always its people. You are worth celebrating every day, and your support, concerns and needs are always foremost in my mind in each decision the Town makes.
Thank you, Leland!
--- Mayor Brenda Bozeman
Town Hall Meetings
Nov. 5 at 10:00 AM – Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Nov. 6 at 6:00 PM – Economic Development Committee Meeting
Nov. 12 at 3:00 PM – Public Safety Committee Meeting
Nov. 18 at 11:00 AM – Council Agenda Meeting
Nov. 20 at 4:00 PM – Leland TDA Meeting
Nov. 20 at 6:00 PM – Parks and Recreation Board Meeting
Nov. 21 at 6:00 PM – Council Regular Meeting
Movie in the Park: Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Founders Park (formerly Leland Municipal Park)
Saturday, Nov. 2
Detective Pikachu is on the case following his partner Harry’s disappearance! Join us in the park to watch under the night sky. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic, and your family, but please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco products. Concessions will be available for purchase.
These unique shadowboxes will really light up your holiday décor. You can personalize them to fit your own style or style them for someone else – they make beautiful gifts! We'll be working on projects of different levels, so these are a great way to spend time with friends and family or meet new friends.
Are you interested in teaching at the LCAC? The LCAC is accepting Spring & Summer class and workshop instructor proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is November 8, 2019!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is early voting still available?
Only through 5:00 PM today (Nov. 1). The early voting location is at the Brunswick County Board of Elections, 73 Stamp Act Drive NE, Building H of the Brunswick County Government Center. After 5:00 PM on Nov. 1, your next opportunity to vote will be on Election Day - Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Do I need a photo ID to vote? Photo ID is not required for any election in 2019. However, in 2020, the NC Board of Elections will begin requiring presentation of a photo ID to vote. More information is available on the state elections board website.
Volunteers Needed for Roadway Beautification
The Town of Leland’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) is seeking businesses and residents interested in helping to expand the Town’s existing roadway beautification efforts.
Currently, portions of Village Road and Hwy. 17 are routinely maintained by the Leland Rotary Club and a local business, respectively. The EDC would like to expand the cleanup program in these areas, as well as to portions of U.S. 74/76, and increase the frequency of litter sweep events throughout the year.
Local businesses, civic and nonprofit organizations, and residents interested in volunteering or learning more about these efforts should contact Jay Eipper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leland in the News
The Town's Municipal Park now has a new name!
During its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, Leland Town Council agreed to rename the park Founders Park, a move first suggested by Mayor Brenda Bozeman in September as a way to permanently honor the small but dedicated group of people instrumental in the Town’s incorporation in 1989.
With unanimous approval by Town Council, the name change will soon become official – and noticeable – to Leland residents with a new sign at the former Municipal Park, located at 113 Town Hall Drive across from Leland Town Hall. A sign bearing the name, Founders Park, is expected to be in place by early November.