The Holly Springs Town Council approved the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget at its June 20 meeting. The property tax rate is set to remain the same at .4325 per $100 value.
Water and sewer access fees remain the same while monthly rates increase by 2%. The increase reflects a rise in what the town pays to its supplier, Harnett County.
Monthly garbage collection fees and recycling fees remain at their current level of $9.69 for garbage collection and $4.34 for recycling. Yard waste removal increases by a dollar from $2 to $3 a month. The revenue will help pay for additional equipment and employees to enhance service, said Town Manager Charles Simmons.
Click here for the 2017-2018 budget.
Also at the meeting, the council approved the Peterson Station at Sunset Lake development. Plans include three mixed use buildings and two standalone apartment buildings off Sunset Lake Road at its intersection with Stephenson Road, near the future Triangle Expressway. A total of 310 residential units are planned.
The developer will widen Sunset Lake and Stephenson roads along the property frontage and add a traffic signal at that intersection, pending approval from the state Department of Transportation. Rather than build a median, the developer will pay a fee to help with future road improvements.
The council approved a downtown development investment agreement to waive fees and reimburse up to $25,000 for public infrastructure for property located on South Main Street at its intersection with West Elm Street. High-end townhomes are to be built there.
The council approved CLH Design for designing downtown infrastructure, which will include additional parking, streetscape improvements, the extension of Rogers Road, and for stormwater collection. The work is in conjunction with a development agreement with 242 Main Street Holly Springs LLC for the construction of 45,000 square feet of space for office, retail, restaurant, services and similar uses.
Also at the meeting, Holly Springs Fire Chief LeRoy Smith explained the town’s plan to paint fire hydrants yellow for better visibility. Yellow is the hydrant color recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. Hydrant tops and valves will have colors indicating flow volumes so that firefighters will know how much each hydrant can supply for firefighting. View additional details in this video.
The council approved military discounts for the Hunt fitness center. Rates for all active duty military and honorably-discharged veterans will be lower than all other membership types.
The council also approved a $2,500 community agency grant for the Holly Springs Lions Club, which plans to put the money toward an eye-testing machine to be used at community events and schools
Engineering Director Kendra Parrish was recognized for being named Government Engineer of the Year in the state by the Professional Engineers of North Carolina society.
The council also nominated Lois Q. (Lisa) Semmens to fill a vacancy as an extraterritorial jurisdiction member of Board of Adjustment and nominated Jeremy Hudson to serve as an alternate on the board.