The oath of office was administered to recent appointments to town advisory boards at the Holly Springs Town Council's March 6 meeting. The council appointed the residents in January to serve three-year terms. Those sworn in included Erin Pare on the Board of Adjustment and, for the Planning Board, Mark Brady, Rick Madoni and Courtney Patterson.
Also at the meeting, the council invited residents to provide input about the fiscal year 2018-19 town budget. During the public hearing, funding was requested for signage that promotes safer streets for cyclists.
The purpose of the pre-budget preparation hearing was to give residents an opportunity to have input before the budget process actually begins instead of having to wait until the end of the process when it may not be feasible to make adjustments. This hearing was held in addition to – and not instead of – the public hearing that is required by law later in the budget process. That hearing will be held in May or June.
Also, the council approved 10% funding or $340,000 of the Town Hall Commons parking deck project to be deposited into an escrow account. The money will fund construction of a retaining wall needed by both the Town's parking deck and the 242 Main Street building that will include office, retail and restaurant space. In the public-private partnership, the town's responsibilities include delivering parking, street safety improvements and a regional stormwater pond. The partnership is anticipated to ignite downtown development.