At its April 2 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance to provide consistency on when construction noise can take place and discussed regulations for trees planted in the public right of way, along sidewalks and roads.
The change in noise regulations allows construction noise from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays. At an earlier meeting, inconsistencies were noted between the town’s noise ordinance and the town’s engineering design and construction standards related to governing construction noise.
The council discussed proposed modifications to the town’s street tree maintenance regulations and a proposed ordinance, which is scheduled to come before the council for consideration at its April 16 meeting.
The proposed street tree maintenance ordinance identified public safety as the top priority in the town’s responsibility for pruning street trees. The proposed ordinance also encouraged homeowners to replace street trees where missing and to maintain and trim them for aesthetic purposes.
Also at the meeting, the council held a joint public hearing with the Planning Board about the Carolina Springs development proposed on nearly 400 acres adjacent to U.S. 1, Woods Creek Road and Old Holly Springs Apex Road. The proposed development includes a maximum of 1,700 residential dwelling units and a minimum of 340,000 square feet of non-residential development. The proposed development was forwarded to the Planning Board for review.
The council also discussed next steps for re-advertising bids for the Norris Holland Hare House, which the town bought from a nearby developer in December 2017 with the expectation of selling it with preservation requirements. No bids were received by the original deadline, and the council extended the bid period for the historic home, Holly Springs’ oldest structure, off Avent Ferry Road.
- April 6 was proclaimed Autism Awareness Day in Holly Springs. April is World Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society of North Carolina, in concert with the Holly Springs Police Department, will host the third annual Holly Springs Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day event at the Police Department on Saturday, April 6.
- April 26 was designated as the first Arbor Day in the Town of Holly Springs. The Tree Advisory Committee will be celebrating National Arbor Day at the Spring Fling festival Saturday, April 13, at Sugg Farm.
- April 1, 2020 was proclaimed Census Day in Holly Springs. Staff gave an overview of why a complete count is important. Census results:
- Determine the equitable distribution of billions of dollars of federal funds and millions of dollars of state funds,
- Define how congressional seats are apportioned and
- Affect where and how businesses locate and invest money.