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Leland creates Public Safety Committee to bridge gap between residents and government

The town of Leland is rapidly growing. (Port City Daily photo | COURTESY TOWN OF LELAND)
The town of Leland is rapidly growing. (Port City Daily photo | COURTESY TOWN OF LELAND)

LELAND — Residents can sometimes feel disconnected from the actions of those in local power. Leland is hoping to allay some of those feelings by creating a public safety committee that would connect residents to the fire and police departments as the town continues to grow.

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Applications to be considered to serve on the committee’s freshman board are open through Feb. 23.

The board will be comprised of seven regular members. One town council member will serve as a liason, without voting rights.

Jackie Harlow, spokeswoman for the town, said the committee’s responsibilities would include making recommendations to the emergency services departments.

“We wanted to make sure that our citizens had a voice,” Harlow said. 

The committee members would serve unpaid terms and would have the authority to make recommendations to town council on capital improvement projects in the future.

Harlow said the committee will be needed to weigh in on “bigger picture projects” the town anticipates will emerge alongside its continued growth.

In June, appointed committee members will take office.

Public Safety Committee Bylaws by Johanna Ferebee on Scribd

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