The Holly Springs Town Council discussed weapons regulations on town property at its Aug. 18 meeting. The council also approved plans for an indoor ice sports training facility to be located in northern Holly Springs, among other meeting business.
After receiving public comments and discussing potential weapons regulations, the council voted not to adopt an ordinance regulating the concealed carry of handguns on Town property. The council also deferred a vote on regulating the open carry of weapons on Town property. No provision exists in current ordinances to regulate the open carry or concealed carry of firearms or other weapons on Town property.
Plans for the Calvert Sports Academy and Development Center, an indoor ice sports training facility, include a 272,044-square-foot facility within the future 396-acre Carolina Springs development south of Old Holly Springs Apex Road / Veridea Parkway.
Also at the meeting, the council made progress on a new greenway that will connect the Holly Glen neighborhood in southwestern Holly Springs to current and future greenways near Utley Creek and the Morgan Park subdivision. The council approved a contract for the greenway’s design, which is expected to total about 6,200 linear feet to its connection with other greenways, one of which is to be constructed to travel through a tunnel under N.C. 55, connecting to downtown Holly Springs. Public outreach is planned as part of the design process, and construction could begin in 2022.
Also at the meeting:
- National Senior Citizens Day was recognized. About 13% of Holly Springs’ population is age 55 or older. Staff said the day is a way to support, honor and show appreciation to seniors and recognize their lifetime achievements.
- The council approved a development plan amendment for UNC Rex Healthcare, allowing for changes to exterior lighting and providing design specifications for a focal point with artwork at the hospital site.
- A development plan for a 24,827-square-foot commercial facility located at the intersection of Avent Ferry and Ralph Stephens roads was approved.
- A project budget for increasing the capacity of about 1.6 miles of sewer line from the former Braxton Pump Station location to the wastewater treatment plant was approved. A temporary bypass sewer line will be used during construction, enabling most of the pipe to be installed in the same general location as the current pipe. Postcards have been mailed to property owners near the project, in addition to other outreach.
- The council approved purchase of a tiller fire truck, which will enable better service for reaching apartment buildings, town homes, some types of single-family residences, and multi-story commercial structures in locations with narrow streets or tight turns.