At its Aug. 20 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a contract for NC 55 Bypass Right Turn Lane design. The transportation bond project will include adding a new right turn lane southbound from Avent Ferry Road to South Main Street, improving traffic flow onto South Main Street. The project benefits residents turning onto South Main Street during the afternoon, cutting estimated travel time along that area of roadway in half. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.
Also at the meeting, the council approved funding for a five-foot-wide sidewalk on Sunset Lake Road, connecting the sidewalk south of the Wescott subdivision with the sidewalk north of Optimist Farm Road and installing a pedestrian signal. This project will complete the sidewalk connection between residential areas south of Optimist Farm Road with the Holly Lakes Shopping Center.
The council also:
- approved funding for an update to system development fees, which are charges or assessments for service related to new development.
- approved a contract for updating a water system computer model that predicts water pressure and flow, important for fire safety and water supply.
- adopted an ordinance to permit self-storage (mini) warehouse uses in the Industry and Technology zoning district instead of the Business and Technology zoning district
- approved rezoning 1.1 acres off Sunset Lake Road from R-10 Residential to Local Business Conditional Use.
- approved an ordinance for amendments affecting cross connection regulations, which help protect the town’s drinking water supply by preventing water from a private source from flowing backward into the town’s water system. The amendment affects devices with double check valves, mostly found in fire protection systems in commercial buildings.
Also at the meeting:
- The Holly Springs Parks & Recreation 10U all-star baseball team was recognized for winning the Statewide Athletics Committee state championship.
- Mayor Dick Sears welcomed new residents Roy and Chelo Quiroga, parents of longtime and well-respected former Holly Springs intern Alberto Quiroga, who worked for 17 years to bring his parents to the United States from Mexico.
- Major General Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, gave a presentation on the importance of the National Guard and their role in North Carolina.