The Holly Springs Town Council has approved requests related to new businesses that are planned downtown at two locations.
At its August 19 meeting, the council approved the preliminary design for artwork at Mosaic on Main, a future retail and office building at the intersection of Main and Earp streets. For a business to be located a couple of blocks north at the Village Center Shoppes, the council approved a special exception use petition, allowing the business to sell craft beers for off-site consumption.
The artwork (preliminary design pictured) at Mosaic on Main fulfills a Town requirement for the developer to include a focal point with the project. Other possibilities included a statue or fountain.
The artwork's preliminary design uses a combination of colored fused glass and steel to represent swirling willow oak leaves, matching the tree on the site that will be preserved by the developer. The artwork will extend above the future building’s parapet to the rooftop space, and some of the building’s pavers will be replaced with matching glass pieces. At night, the artwork will be lit. The artwork is to be designed and constructed by Matt McConnell, a Wake County artist.
Councilman Hank Dickson said he was glad to see movement on the Mosaic on Main project.
Also at the meeting, the council approved a special exception use petition allowing TapLine Growlers to open in the Village Center Shoppes near the intersection of Holly Springs Road and Main Street. The retail beer establishment will specialize in the sale of craft beers intended for off-site consumption.
In other business, the council amended Town code to address trespassing in park facilities where there has been no damage or no apparent intent to cause damage.
- First offense: The offender will pay a $50 citation and be banned from all park facilities for 30 calendar days.
- Second offense: $100 citation and 60-day ban.
- Third offense: $200 citation and one-year ban.
- Fourth offense: The offender will be charged criminally.
If a person is caught trespassing with the intent to cause damage, the person would be criminally charged.
"I truly believe this has been one of the best alternatives we could have come up with in a tricky situation," said Mayor Dick Sears.
Councilwoman Cheri Lee noted that the Town will not receive money from the fine, which will go toward public schools.
Also at the meeting, the council approved $1.4 million for replacing a sewer line beneath Earp Street with two lines. The sewer line to be replaced runs from Bass Lake Road, beneath Main Street, to Blalock Street, and it recently has needed a series of repairs.
"This is not a project we’d like to have; it's a project we must have," Sears said. "It's an absolute necessity to replace a damaged pipe."
During construction, which is expected to begin in early September and be complete by spring, portions of Earp Street will be closed to through traffic. One or two lanes of Main Street may be closed when the crew drills beneath the road.
As part of the project, the Town is abandoning an approximately half-century-old asbestos chloride water line to allow space for the new sewer lines. The Town is providing connections to a more recently constructed waterline for the affected properties on and near Earp Street.
Also at the meeting, the council approved:
- A $5.9 million contract, to be paid using local obligation bonds, for construction of the Holly Springs Law Enforcement Center. Construction is expected to be complete in October 2015.
- A $22,500 dye study to track the velocity of treated wastewater entering Utley Creek. The study is required by the state to evaluate the Town’s plan to continue discharging at its current location rather than extending it further downstream, which would cost $15 million.
- Adding an approximately one-mile fiber optic connection to the North Main Athletic Complex site. The $80,245 connection will be constructed by ComTran with money from the North Main Athletic Complex project fund. The council also approved funding for lighting the North Main Athletic Complex athletic fields and tennis courts.
- A $23,800 contract for Town Hall repairs, including power washing the building, caulking, repairing drywall and re-painting exterior surfaces.
- Granting right of way and easements to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for widening Bass Lake Road and replacing the bridge over Basal Creek at the Bass Lake Retreat Center.
Town Manager Charles Simmons noted the upcoming Wake County Commissioners Candidates Forum, which will be held at 8 a.m. October 2 at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event in partnership with the Fuquay-Varina chamber.
Sears also issued a proclamation establishing September as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in Holly Springs.