At its July 15 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council took another step toward funding about $19 million in much-needed capital improvement projects. The group of projects includes the construction of a new law enforcement center and Phase 2 improvements at the North Main Athletic Complex, as well as transportation projects – extending Main Street to Piney Grove-Wilbon Road and improving the intersection of the bypass at Avent Ferry Road – and Town Hall repairs.
The council authorized filing an application for approval from the Local Government Commission for the financing. The council is to meet August 20 at 6 p.m. in the Holleman Room in Town Hall to discuss financing options for the group of projects. The Town is considering borrowing the money through a loan or funding the projects through the public bond market. With any option the council may choose, no tax rate increase is expected. The council is to vote on the financing at its first meeting in September.
Also at the meeting, the council voted to prohibit smoking and tobacco use on Town park property. The council tentatively agreed on how to address trespassing in Town parks when vandalism is not at issue. Next month, the council is expected to adopt an ordinance that gives police officers authority to issue a civil citation to a person who is on park property after hours or in a portion of a park that is closed. Currently, the only option for such cases is a criminal summons. The council also discussed adding a community service requirement to the proposed fines.
“This (Town park) property we're protecting here ... belongs to all of us,” said Councilwoman Linda Hunt Williams. “When it’s damaged, it hurts the community as a whole and, if anything, we need to make sure the children understand it.”
Councilwoman Cheri Lee said the Town is working on ways to increase hours the fields are open.
Branding study news
The council approved retaining Streetsense for a community branding study. The study will
- result in a brand or family of brands that can be used as a guide for logos for the Town and its numerous programs and facilities,
- steer the style and design of way-finding signage,
- serve as a theme for corporate recruitment strategies,
- be utilized in social media practices, and
- potentially be adoptable by civic organizations and other groups.
Town Economic Development Director Jenny Mizelle said the result would be communications tools and “a unified vision of who we are and where we're going.” She said she hoped residents would participate in community engagement efforts in the coming months.
Joni Powell, director of the Department of Public Affairs & Communications, said Streetsense is excited about talking to people who live in Holly Springs.
“The Town of Holly Springs is really what the people who live here think, so we need to hear that,” she said. “I think it’s going to be an eye-opening experience for all of us.”
The branding process is expected to take between four and five months and cost about $65,000.
Other meeting business
The council voted to allow construction of a self-storage warehouse facility off Newspaper Way near the NC 55 Bypass. Because the property once was a landfill, development options for the land are limited. One portion of the future facility, a three-story building, will offer climate-controlled storage.
The council also adopted a resolution requesting NCDOT to release Earp Street for inclusion in the Town’s street system, which will give the Town flexibility and control completing road repairs in conjunction with a sewer line installation beneath the road. The portion of Earp Street from Main Street to Bass Lake Road currently is in poor condition and in need of repair with cracking asphalt, potholes, settling drainage structure and other issues. NCDOT does not have plans scheduled for the repair work.