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Posted on: November 7, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Council meeting includes farmers market overview, more funding for Avent Ferry

The Town farmers market was highlighted at the Holly Springs Town Council’s Nov. 4 meeting. Town staff gave an overview of the 2014 season, recognized chili cook-off winners and announced plans for the Winter Market, an indoor farmers market to be held once a month at the Holly Springs Cultural Center beginning Nov. 22.

The Winter Market will include food vendors selling baked goods, cheeses, mushrooms, honey, pastas and sauces, meats and eggs, homemade dog treats, and more.

"We're looking forward to it," said Mayor Dick Sears.

Estimated weekly attendance was up throughout the farmers market season with the best day attracting about 2,960 people the day of the food truck rodeo and 20,300 people visiting the market overall throughout the season.

"It was the best one yet," said Planning & Zoning Department Director Gina Clapp, thanking market sponsors including GMA Supply, the blue ribbon sponsor.

Winners of the fifth-annual Chili Cook-off were announced, including Jaba-Q, which won the people's choice and amateur divisions, and the Primrose School of West Lake, which won the professional category.

This year the market placed first in the state and sixth in the nation in the I Love My Farmers Market American Farmland Trust contest, which encourages people to pledge to spend money at the market.

Also at the meeting, the council entered into a municipal agreement with NCDOT for additional funding to prepare for widening Avent Ferry Road from N.C. 55 to Piney Grove-Wilbon Road. With the agreement, $224,000 of federal funds will be contributed through NCDOT with the Town contributing $56,000. Sears expressed gratitude for the funding from NCDOT. The money will go toward design and purchasing right-of-way. Preparation for road widening is one of several projects the Town is working on to alleviate congestion on Avent Ferry.

The council approved infrastructure agreement terms for the Lochridge subdivision development, which will be built about a mile west of the Holly Pointe subdivision off Avent Ferry Road. The terms call for the developer to construct an eastbound right turn lane on Avent Ferry at Cass Holt Road and right and left turn lanes into subdivision entrances. The developer will pay $44,743 to the Town for future road improvements.

While the turn lane on Avent Ferry at Cass Holt is more than a mile from the subdivision development, Engineering Director Kendra Parrish said the improvement is needed for "meeting immediate needs."

Parrish discussed an award given by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association to the Triangle J Council of Governments and the Jordan Lake Partnership, of which Holly Springs is a member. The Jordan Lake Partnership's Triangle Regional Water Supply Plan, which addresses future water regional supply needs, was recognized by the award.

The town has benefitted from participation in the partnership through updated water projections, exploration of water interconnection opportunities, saving money through hiring consultants to do similar work for all partners, and more.

Also, Police Department staff gave an overview of the department’s Physical Fitness Initiative Program, which began in 2007.

As part of the consent agenda, the council adopted a budget for the second phase of the North Main Athletic Complex and Law Enforcement Center projects. Also at the meeting, the council approved a nine-lot subdivision along Bibleway Court directly adjacent to the previously approved 12-lot Wescott Way subdivision.

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