At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council recognized firefighters who went above the call of duty, ball teams who placed in a state tournament, and the Town's Finance Department for excellence in financial reporting.
Firefighters, including those who helped senior adult residents of the Dorothy Nixon Allen Manor evacuate late one February evening after a water pipe in the attic froze, were recognized by Fire Department Chief LeRoy Smith and the council. A portion of the building became uninhabitable because of water and electrical damage, and many residents were displaced in the cold night. Firefighters worked with residents and their families to find lodging for the residents, some of whom were not able to return to the facility until just recently.
"I expect a lot out of our firefighters," Smith said. "They went above to make sure all the residents were safe and made sure no resident was left unattended."
Holly Springs Parks and Recreation all-star baseball and softball teams were recognized at the meeting. The 10u boys baseball team finished as state champions in the Statewide Athletic Committee tournament in July. The 12u girls softball team and 10u boys baseball team both finished as state runners-up in their divisions.
The Town Finance Department was recognized for earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award was noted for being the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the tenth year the Town has earned this prestigious award.
Also at the meeting, the council approved an applicant's request to locate an automotive repair facility off Premier Dr. in the Holly Springs Business Park. General repairs, such as work on brakes, tires, suspension systems and engines, would be performed in rear warehouse space.
The council approved allowing a fenced communication tower to be placed within a 10.79-acre property.
The council also approved an artistic focal point to be incorporated on the Mosaic on Main building, which will be located at the intersection of Main and Earp streets. The focal point was described as a mosaic with a herringbone design inspired by traditional brickwork patterning and including "exciting color family blocking."