At its May 16 meeting, the Town Council approved work toward synchronizing 16 traffic signals in Holly Springs using the town’s fiber network. The N.C. Department of Transportation maintains and operates the signals, and some are synchronized with radio communication, which can be unreliable. A fiber connection would be more reliable, improving traffic flow. It also would enable light timing to be adjusted remotely and in real time, instead of having to wait for a state crew that maintains lights in several counties to physically visit a malfunctioning light.
Town Manager Charles Simmons said a fiber connection would be "one of most cost-effective ways to optimize (the state’s) existing transportation grid."
The work approved at the council meeting includes design, surveys, permitting and preparing engineering work documents for the project. Once complete, the next step would involve acquiring funding for the project. After signals are connected with fiber, cameras can be installed to monitor traffic flow. Signals could be operated locally with a town employee remotely monitoring the intersections and adjusting signal timing to reduce backups as they occur.
Also at the meeting, the council adopted a resolution directing staff to temporarily bring no rezonings before the council for property inside a southern area of town that is being studied in a planning initiative. The study of the 16.2-square-mile area is expected to result in an updated planning document. Rezonings in that area are to continue when the study is complete, or in six months. In the meantime, staff will continue to accept and process rezoning applications for all areas of town, including the southern area where petitions will be processed just short of town council consideration until the study is done.
The council approved terms and conditions for signs at North Main Athletic Complex (Ting) stadium. Ting recently agreed to buy the naming rights to the town-owned sports complex for $330,000 over three years, plus a portion of signage costs. The three-year deal takes effect when the main entrance sign is erected.
The council approved entering a downtown development investment agreement for property at 306 S. Main Street, which includes a house built in 1880. The town is to reimburse about $16,000 in development fees and infrastructure improvements. The building is being renovated for commercial purposes. Plans include a coffee shop and boutique - both with local vendors - and furniture consignment.
The council approved rezoning six acres on Estes Lane to R-10 residential, which would allow for about 19 homes.
The council also appointed Ken Cicora, Mark DiGiacomo and Gerald Martinez De Andino to seats on the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.