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Posted on: February 19, 2014

[ARCHIVED] News from the Feb. 18 Council Meeting

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council entered into a $122,700 contract with CH2M Hill for environmental assessment work with the wastewater treatment facility. The assessment is an attempt to eliminate a state requirement to install a $13 million outfall before increasing the amount of treated wastewater discharged into a local creek. Town Engineering Department Director Stephanie Sudano said she believed good science would prove that the Town can eliminate that requirement.

Currently, the Town is permitted to release 2.4 million gallons per day into the creek, although the wastewater treatment plant can treat up to 6 million gallons.

"We think we have a pretty good chance of eliminating that requirement," Sudano said.

The council annexed more than four acres off Bibleway into Town limits, zoning the property as R-10 Residential, which matches the zoning of the adjacent Wescott subdivision. Three locals expressed concern about traffic, safety and resale value with more houses in the area.

"The speeding and the stop signs, the crosswalks, it's a toughie," said Mayor Dick Sears, noting similar traffic issues across town.

The council approved rezoning property at the intersection of W. Holly Springs Rd. and Blalock St. from R-15: Residential to R-8: Residential. Staff said the new zoning is more compatible with the existing lot sizes in the adjacent area.

Appointments to the Town’s Board of Adjustment also were made at the meeting. The council appointed Burton Bailey as a regular member of the Board of Adjustment and Larry O'Neal as the in-Town alternate member. The council also recommended that the Wake County Board of Commissioners appoint Glen Walker as the regular extraterritorial jurisdiction member of the board with John Stolarik as the alternate.

David Griffith, a local Boy Scout, updated the council on progress on his Eagle Scout project. Griffith is raising funds to complete a War on Terror memorial at Veterans Park. In the center of a 10-foot pentagon of personalized bricks, Griffith is placing a marble pentagon engraved with the names of men and women, including his brother, who sacrificed their lives in the War on Terror. A 51-pound fragment of steel from the World Trade Center also will be installed at the memorial.

Griffith’s goal was for his fundraising to be halfway complete by this month, he said, and he's already raised more than 66% of his funding, thanks to donations from local groups and residents.

"We seem to be getting closer and closer every day," he said, thanking the Town Council and Town of Holly Springs for their support.

Griffith is selling personalized bricks for the memorial at www.thatsmybrick.com/eaglescoutdg.

Council members and Town Manager Charles Simmons complimented Public Works and Parks and Recreation staff for work clearing snow during the recent storm, as well as Town public safety staff. Sears mentioned the employees who worked 25 solid hours clearing roads.

“They did an excellent job; really, they did,” said Councilman James Cobb.

Councilwoman Linda Hunt Williams praised employees, also. She also encouraged citizens to buy local and praised the recent arts festival, encouraging residents to visit the cultural center to enjoy exhibits still on display.

“The arts festival is a huge, huge asset to Holly Springs because it tells us where we've come from,” she said.

As part of the consent agenda, the council accepted a charitable donation of 8.6 acres located south of the Wescott subdivision for conservation purposes. The land is essentially undevelopable and was offered as conservation property. The council also entered into an $89,982 contract with Greenscape, Inc., to provide landscaping services for Town properties.

The council adopted a $524,250 budget amendment, transferring funds from the street reserves account to cover remaining sidewalk construction on W. Holly Springs and Sunset Lake roads. The council also adopted a local water supply plan as required by the state and approved entering a $40,000 contract for professional services for the Jordan Lake allocation application process.

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