At the Holly Springs Town Council's Oct. 1 meeting, NC Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey awarded the Town of Holly Springs Fire Department the highest Insurance Services Office rating, placing the town in the top 1% of all fire departments in the nation. The town is one of only 11 fire departments in North Carolina to have achieved this rating. A better rating means lower insurance premiums. Click here for details.
Also at the meeting, the council approved the project budget and awarded a bid for construction of Bass Lake stream restoration. FEMA is expected to reimburse the town for much of the work to repair the stream channel, which was damaged by a hurricane. The town anticipates reopening of the trail along the waterway in spring 2020.
Following the stream restoration project, the Bass Lake Park parking lot is expected to be repaved. Future work to improve the dam structure, reducing the likelihood of future flooding, also is planned.
October was recognized as Holly Springs Community Planning month. The town Planning & Zoning Department has endorsed the World Town Planning Day and National Community Planning Month programs since 2000.
Director of Holly Springs Planning & Zoning Gina Clapp noted her department’s work involves more than development review. Staff also completes long-range planning and community visioning; historic preservation; tree preservation; addressing and street naming; mapping services for Planning, Fire, Police and Parks & Recreation; and zoning compliance and enforcement.
Also at the meeting, the council:
- Discussed Tree Advisory Committee funding for street trees. This year’s funding will focus on street tree infill. Infill involves neighborhood street improvements where a number of street trees will be planted.
- Continued discussion of the update to the land use and character section of the town’s comprehensive plan. Discussion is expected to continue at the council’s Oct. 15 meeting.
- Approved funding to obtain appraisals for properties impacted by the Holly Springs Road widening project from Main Street to Flint Point Ln.
- Approved a master sign plan for the UNC Rex Healthcare hospital.
October was proclaimed Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Holly Springs. The annual designation is an opportunity to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. Click here for the presentation from the meeting.
October also was proclaimed Dyslexia Awareness Month in Holly Springs. Dyslexia Awareness Month was created by the International Dyslexia Association in 2002.