At its July 17 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council announced Randy Harrington as the next Holly Springs town manager. Harrington comes to Holly Springs from the city of Charlotte, where he serves as director of Management & Financial Services and as chief financial officer. He will begin work in Holly Springs Aug. 27.
Also at the meeting, the council approved a tree preservation ordinance. Goals of the ordinance include preserving forest canopy integrity and natural space, protecting the town’s natural character. The preservation of natural areas could reduce the visual impact of development and will expand the amount of preserved and protected natural habitat areas in town, a staff document said.
The council approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment, modifying the Community Character section. The update communicates the town's desire to preserve historic structures and provides more accurate information based on the latest historic resource survey.
The council tabled another Comprehensive Plan amendment to modify Future Land Use to allow additional discussion. The amendment focused on the southern area of town and stemmed from the recent study that analyzed existing conditions and gathered public feedback. The amendment proposed lowering densities and adding additional land use categories.
The council opened a public hearing to receive input on the 2018 transportation bond order. The public hearing was continued and is to resume at the council's Aug. 7 meeting.
The council appointed citizens Joe Fanjoy, Ed Neering and Craig Ashby to join the ad hoc transportation bond committee. Previously, the council appointed Councilwoman Christine Kelly, Councilman Peter Villadsen, Planning Board members Courtney Patterson and Ernie Carpico, and Chamber of Commerce Director Christine Quante to join staff members Kendra Parrish, Daniel Weeks, John Schifano and Joni Powell on the committee. Committee members act as liaisons with the community during the bond referendum and assist staff as needed to guide project selection.
The council approved a special exception use allowing a building addition and restaurant use in the historic Brown-Holloway House off N. Main Street. The addition design was coordinated with Capital Area Preservation to maintain the potential for the property’s designation as a Local Historic Landmark.
Also at the meeting, the council received a report on a drone system pilot program. The town was selected, as part of a team with the N.C. Department of Transportation, to explore new applications for drone uses. At the council's next meeting, a package delivery company will present its proposal for residential drone deliveries.
The council also awarded a contract for engineering services and adopted a budget amendment for the project to widen Holly Springs Road from Main Street to Flint Point Lane.