At its April 17 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council awarded contracts and approved funding for infrastructure improvements associated with downtown development. The council also appointed Assistant Town Manager Daniel Weeks as interim town manager.
The town is building additional downtown parking, street improvements, a regional stormwater area and more as roughly 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office spaces are being constructed. About 35 businesses (with an additional 60 businesses in expanded Coworking Station space) are expected to create about 500 jobs and have an annual $49.7 million economic impact following the first year of operations and construction. Click here for more information about this group of projects.
The council appointed Weeks as interim town manager as, earlier this year, current Town Manager Chuck Simmons announced that he will retire April 27. The council is in the process of hiring his replacement.
Weeks first worked for the town in 2002 as a summer intern. He became a full-time employee in 2006, serving as project analyst and, later, as senior project manager. Weeks has been assistant town manager since October, 2015.
The council tabled a public hearing on a decision regarding a potential two-story, 4,501 square foot building with two drive-through service lanes for United Community Bank (formerly Four Oaks Bank), which could be built near its current location in the Mims Town Square building adjacent to Town Hall.
The council adopted a $24,500 budget amendment to install 20-foot high netting along about 350 feet of the eastern side of the soccer / multipurpose fields at Ting Park. The netting, which will provide a greater safety barrier for soccer spectators, could be constructed within 4-6 weeks.
Staff updated the council on plans for the Holly Springs Farmers Market's 12th season, which opens May 5 in the E. Center Street public parking lot. This season, the market will offer almost 30 vendors, seven of which will sell produce. Other vendors will sell sauces, seasonings, baked goods and more.
The council also:
- approved awarding a contract to the Wake County Public School System for lengthening a right turn lane on Avent Ferry Road at its intersection with Cass Holt Road. Funding is from proposed developments and town street reserve funds.
- approved awarding a contract for topographic survey for the Holly Springs Road widening project. The town recently was awarded funding for widening the road from Flint Point Lane to Main Street.
- approved the final design of northeast gateway signs, to be located at the intersection of Sunset Lake and Holly Springs roads.
- allowed for two single family homes off Grigsby Avenue and a bottle shop / bar at 140 W. Holly Springs Road.
- approved a five-year contract extension with Waste Industries for solid waste service to expire June 30, 2023. The contract extension includes the same level of service (weekly garbage and bi-weekly recycling collection, both with 96-gallon units). Waste Industries did not request a cost-of-living adjustment at the start of the fiscal year; residents would not experience a change in monthly fee.
Also at the meeting, the Holly Springs 14U boys all-star basketball team was recognized for winning the Statewide Athletic Committee state championship.