Retiring Engineering Department Director Stephanie Sudano was recognized for her 20 years of service to Holly Springs at the Town Council’s Oct. 21 meeting. She was presented with a key to the Town and a proclamation expressing the council’s and staff’s appreciation and gratitude for her innovation and devotion to Holly Springs.
When Sudano began her employment in 1994, the Town’s population was 1,500. Holly Springs had one traffic light – a blinking caution light. No schools, grocery stores, restaurants or parks were in Holly Springs, and the number of subdivisions could be counted on one hand.
“When Stephanie was hired as the Town’s only engineering professional, she imagined a very different future Holly Springs,” said Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears, reading the proclamation. “She set about with dedication, determination, expertise, foresight and an unmatched integrity to meet the challenges of building a Town.
“During her tenure and under her guidance and leadership, the Town of Holly Springs grew to nearly 30,000 in population served by a robust infrastructure of streets, water and sewer lines, storm drains, treated reuse water, sidewalks, parks, schools, businesses and not one, but lots of traffic lights,” he said.
Also at the meeting, the council approved annexing 17.8 acres off Holly Springs/New Hill Road. The property, owned by the Wake County Public School System, is expected to be developed into an elementary school.
The council approved a zoning change to 8 acres on Bibleway Ct. The change removed conditions from the property, including requiring future buildings to be a minimum 3,000 square feet and prohibiting vinyl siding, but the zoning change did not change the density or minimum lot size allowed on the property. The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Hank Dickson voting against removing the conditions.
The council approved a special exception use petition, allowing CrossFit Zeal to move to a larger location within the Holly Springs Business Park.
The council approved changing the dates of Board of Adjustment and Planning Board terms. The three-year terms for these boards now is March 1 to the last day of February. The terms were Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The change allows for more training of new board members and more time after the Wake County Board of Commissioners affirms appointments of extraterritorial jurisdiction members before they begin service.
The council approved health screenings and physical exams for all 40 full-time Fire Department employees. The exams will use National Fire Protection Association health standards to evaluate employees and will be paid through the firefighters relief fund; no direct tax dollars were budgeted. Town Manager Charles Simmons commended the Fire Department’s successful open house events, which drew about 1,500 people. About 150 people received hands-on CPR training at the events.
The council also approved entering into contracts for extra surveying and engineering work in the North Main Athletic Complex project and surveying for a regional pump station.