Wake County Solid Waste Management Director John Roberson addressed the Holly Springs Town Council about the nearby South Wake Landfill at the council's August 1 meeting. Roberson acknowledged the odors caused by the landfill and mentioned the county's online odor complaint form.
While the county continues to monitor odor complaints, a system to mitigate the odors is to be installed this month. Roberson said he expects odor complaints to be reduced following the system's installation. Click here to view the county’s presentation from the council meeting.
Also at the meeting, the council approved of retaining O'Brien Atkins and Benchmark Planning to provide planning services for the Southern Area Planning Initiative. The project will assess a 16.2-square-mile area and is expected to result in suggestions to update town policies and ordinances based on input received. The public will be able to participate through workshops and social media. Click here to view maps of the study area.
The council also approved of retaining a company for traffic forecasting as part of an improvements project on Avent Ferry Road from Piney Grove-Wilbon to Cass Holt roads with the N.C. Department of Transportation. The forecasting will determine the project's scope and the type of improvements needed.
Mayor Dick Sears proclaimed the week of Aug. 6-12 National Farmers Market Week in Holly Springs. The Holly Springs Farmers Market is celebrating its 11th season. The market began in 2007 with a handful of vendors and has grown into a vibrant community event with an average of more than 850 customers each week.
Also at the meeting:
• Holly Springs Board of Adjustment member Lisa Semmens took the oath of office.
• The council approved a plan amendment for Southern Crossroads at the future intersection of the South Main Street Extension and Piney Grove-Wilbon Road.
• The council approved a preliminary plan for the 25-lot Hemlock Preserve subdivision south of the southern entrance and parking lot for Bass Lake Park. The council also entered into an infrastructure reimbursement agreement with the developer for the extension of a waterline that will serve the park.
• Holly Springs resident Swapna Gangopadhyay addressed the council about a free phone application she designed to help keep kids safe.