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Posted on: January 8, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Town to Celebrate Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the Holly Springs Town Council’s Jan. 5 meeting, Mayor Dick Sears proclaimed Jan. 17-18 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Days in Holly Springs. The local MLK Day Celebration Committee plans a Dream Walk on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. from the Oakhall Shopping Center down Main Street to the Holly Springs Cultural Center where organizers plan a 4 p.m. celebration program. The mayor and mayor pro tem, among others, will take part in these events.

“I encourage all citizens to rededicate themselves to the principles of respect for human rights and freedom, of belief in non-violence, and of commitment to improving our community through community service and volunteerism,” Sears read from the proclamation Tuesday night.

The council approved amending an annexation agreement with the town of Fuquay-Varina. The agreement determines the town that land currently outside both towns’ limits would be annexed into if, for example, the property owner wanted to connect with water and sewer service. With the amendment, Fuquay is gaining a 23-acre parcel off Wade Nash Road near NC 55, and Holly Springs is gaining 51 acres off Duncan Cook Road south of Town limits. Sears said the territory exchange was initiated after a request from a property owner who wanted to be annexed into Fuquay.

Holly Springs Police Chief John Herring updated the council on plans to further assess and address school traffic on Cline Falls Drive. The road travels near the Holly Grove elementary and middle schools and has been used by drivers bypassing the schools' carpool lines. Concerns have been raised about the safety of children and the effect on property owners. Herring is to report to the council at its Feb. 2 meeting with additional information.

Town Manager Chuck Simmons noted a recent report that ranked Holly Springs as the second happiest town in the state. Ranking criteria included the percentage of residents with college degrees, commute times, cost of living, crime and more. Click here to read an article in the Triangle Business Journal for additional information.

Progress on projects to alleviate congestion on Avent Ferry and NC 55 also was discussed. Bids for the projects came in higher than anticipated, and staff is working with the state in an attempt to get additional funding for the projects.

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