The Holly Springs Town Council approved funds for designing a signal at Village Walk Drive and South Main Street at its Feb. 6 meeting.
The town had requested a traffic light at Village Walk Drive since the beginning of plans for Main Street extension about 8-10 years ago. Once Main Street Extension opened, state transportation engineers looked at the new traffic pattern. Traffic counts and observed driver behavior gave the state the information they needed to allow the signal.
The $17,000 approved at the council meeting was for signal design. Once the design is completed, staff said they hope to partner with the state for the cost of the signal and installation. The signal, which will be customized for the intersection, could be installed in about nine months.
Also at the meeting, the council adopted an ordinance modifying Town Code regarding open burning. The modification comes after recent complaints about land-clearing activities on construction sites. State law allows the clearing of land by open burning; state law also allows the town to regulate how that is done. The modification approved by the council requires debris to be burned in a pit with a fan mechanism that recirculates the smoke, accelerating combustion and burning material more completely. These types of curtain burns are designed to produce minimal emissions, said town Fire Chief LeRoy Smith. The modification also increases the required distance of the burn from structures to 1,000 feet; previously burns were required to be 500 feet from any road or structure.
The council also adopted a resolution affirming support for the sustainable stormwater initiative that maintains the town’s compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program – addressing water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to water. The initiative guides how the town achieves local, state and federal stormwater management goals.
Timothy Forest was appointed to the Board of Adjustment, and Van Crandall was appointed to the Planning Board. The residents recently were appointed by the council to fill remainders of terms on those groups.
Wake Futbol Club Executive Director David Allred addressed the council and spoke about the soccer organization and its experiences as a major leasor at Ting Park.
A representative from the American Legion addressed the council, giving an update on local activities and goals.
The town manager also highlighted topics to be discussed the council’s upcoming retreat meeting Feb. 9-10.