Transportation consultants briefed the Town Council at its Oct. 5 meeting on short-term and long-term recommendations to address traffic hot spots and safety issues across Holly Springs.
The briefing was a progress report on a new Comprehensive Transportation Plan that is scheduled for adoption early next year. It is an update of the town-wide plan approved a decade ago.
Town staff and consultants have emphasized the importance of community involvement in the plan update. A second virtual workshop opens online Oct. 11 and will continue until Nov. 5. The public can see information boards on draft recommendations and offer input. Live Q & A sessions are scheduled for Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The project team will be at HollyFest Oct. 30.
The update has identified four hot spot locations needing further study. They include N.C. 55 at Holly Springs and New Hill roads, Avent Ferry Road at Cass Holt Road and Capeside Avenue, New Hill Road at Grand Hill Place and at Old Holly Springs Apex Road, and Main Street at Third Street.
Three locations were identified as needing extra attention to solve a safety issue. They are Cass Holt Road at Rex Road, Main Street at Earp Street, and N.C. 55 from Bennet Knoll Parkway to Ralph Stephens Road and Teal Lake Drive.
In other business at its Oct. 5 meeting, the Town Council amended dangerous dog regulations in the Town’s Animal Control Ordinance. The revised ordinance prohibits keeping “dangerous” dogs while also defining “potentially dangerous” dogs in a way that aligns with state law. Dogs deemed potentially dangerous will require licenses and must be muzzled when not on the owner’s property.
Dangerous dogs include those that have killed or severely injured a person or other domestic animal as well as dogs that have been trained for fighting.
Potentially dangerous dogs are those that the Animal Control supervisor determines has:
- Caused any injury to a person or other domestic animal when not on the owner’s property
- Approached a person when not on the owner’s property in a vicious or terrorizing manner in an apparent attitude of attack
- While on the owner’s property has excessively injured a person without provocation except in self-defense.
The revised ordinance includes penalties for violations and an appeals process.
Also Oct. 5, the Council voted to begin design for a potential traffic light at the entrance to Holly Glen on Avent Ferry Road to shorten the completion time when construction is authorized and funded. The traffic light will require state Department of Transportation approval since Avent Ferry is a state road.
The Council also:
- Recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Holly Springs and heard a presentation on services from Interact. The Council has awarded the group $2,000 as part of its Civic Nonprofit Grant program. The Town has supported Interact through grant funding since 2012.
- Appointed Mayor Pro Tem Dan Berry to serve on the Northeast Gateway Advisory Committee. The advisory group will serve as a community sounding board for feedback on the area, which is undergoing changes due to extension of I-540.