At its May 18 meeting, the Town Council approved a new policy that outlines a process for accepting gifts or donations to the Parks and Recreation Department.
An increase in requests to install trees, benches and other park features to honor loved ones led to the need for consistency in handling such requests.
Under the new policy, acceptance must be consistent with existing master plans and operations for the space. It allows set donation amounts to cover the cost of installing trees, benches and other items.
Also on May 18, the Council proclaimed the week of May 16-22 as Public Works Week in Holly Springs, and several representatives of the department attended the Council meeting on behalf of their colleagues. Milestones include:
- Pouring more than 35,000 square feet of concrete for various projects over the past two years.
- Repairing 538 sidewalk trip hazards.
- Installing 160 tons of asphalt for roadway repairs.
- Processing double the amount of yard waste during the past year.
- Removing an average of 500 pounds of trash each week from along roadways.
In other action, the Council:
- Held a public hearing on the recommended fiscal year 2021-22 Town budget. The Council will hold a budget workshop at 6 p.m. May 25 at the Town Law Enforcement Center at 750 Holly Springs Road. Budget adoption is scheduled for the June 1 meeting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The new budget takes effect July 1.
- Received a presentation from the Tree Advisory Committee, which included its annual report outlining accomplishments from the past year and short and long term goals.