The Holly Springs Town Council was able to add back a number of upgrades for the North Main Athletic Complex (NMAC) project during its meeting April 7, including a better scoreboard and a second set of bathrooms. The upgrades, which were eliminated from the original project plan to save money, are now possible with funding from a $1 million grant awarded to the NMAC project by Wake County.
NMAC, which includes synthetic turf soccer fields, tennis courts and a 1,800 seat multi-sport stadium, is under construction and will open later this spring.
The complex’s 36-foot-wide scoreboard includes a 15’x26’ LED video display, four advertising panels and a sound system. The scoreboard will be programmed to keep score for the multiple sports games to be played in the stadium, including football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball. The video screen also will provide opportunities for special events, concerts and movie nights. The upgraded scoreboard will cost about $122,800 more than the original one planned, and the Holly Springs Salamanders are pitching in $24,000. The Town’s net cost increase is $98,000, which will come from the Wake County funding for NMAC.
The council approved adding a second set of bathrooms at a cost of $327,000, also possible with funding from the $1 million Wake County awarded the project. The additional facilities will result in four total restrooms with about 18 fixtures per restroom.
The council awarded a bid for a modular office building at NMAC, which will be used by Parks and Recreation Department staff, as well as Holly Springs Salamanders and Wake Futbol Club staff. Once a permanent office is built, the modular unit would be used at other sites. The cost of the building was included in the original project budget.
The council approved increasing the maximum light level for athletic fields along North Main Street and commercial properties at NMAC. The increased light level allows for lighting suitable for tournament-level play at the soccer fields, tennis complex and multi-sport stadium. The lighting level would not exceed the maximum limits for the property line adjacent to nearby residential properties, including Oak Hall subdivision. Similar to the lighting at Womble Park, lights at the complex will have shield protectors, and the lights will be shut off within an hour of an event ending at the complex.
In other parks and recreation action at the meeting, the council approved changing Hunt Recreation Center fitness memberships to include basic group exercise classes at the current membership rates. The Parks and Recreation Department is to offer 14 classes per week, including boot camp, spinning, strength, total body conditioning and Zumba.
The council also recognized the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation age 11-12 girls all-star basketball team, which won the Statewide Athletics Committee state championship.
The council appointed Howard Keith Slinkard to fill a vacancy on the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.
Transportation & Development News
The council approved entering into an agreement with Duke Energy Progress for relocating utility lines in association with the Main Street Extension project. The project, which is expected to remove about a third of the traffic from Avent Ferry Road between Piney Grove-Wilbon Road and N.C. 55, is 80 percent grant-funded with the Town funding the remaining 20 percent.
“This is one of tools in the toolbox that's going to help the Avent Ferry situation,” said Kendra Parrish, director of the Engineering Department.
Tim Gardiner with the Wake County Planning Department presented the Wake County Transit Choices Report, which details transit service and usage in the county. He discussed how the county is gathering information to be considered in developing a transit strategy.
Gardiner touched on decisions the county would need to make, including the choice to provide the most transit in higher density areas with more ridership or to provide better coverage, providing access to transit to different areas of the county.
Gardiner said, as the county develops the plan, the county will work with the community "to understand where we need to be on that (transit) spectrum between ridership and coverage."
Mayor Dick Sears said he was looking forward to transit reaching into Holly Springs.
As the Town works toward expanding the amount of treated wastewater that can be discharged from its wastewater treatment plant, the council approved continued work toward a permit that could allow additional treated wastewater to be discharged at the location the Town currently uses. If the state allows the Town to continue to discharge into Utley Creek instead of building lines to a different location, the Town would save about $20 million.
The council approved a development plan amendment for a third building in the Green Oaks Business Center at the corner of Premier Drive and Green Oaks Parkway. The building is to be 6,600 square feet.
The council approved the preliminary plan for an 18-lot subdivision off Sunset Lake Rd. The subdivision is proposed on 5.84 acres adjacent to Woodcreek and Heritage Meadows Lane.