The Town Council is talking about the condition of pavement in Holly Springs and how we are going to maintain our roadways in the future.
At its July 19 meeting, the Council heard details of a study looking at the costs of repairing and maintaining our network of town-owned streets over time. The study found that costs of maintaining good quality streets will be increasing. Up until now, the town has paid about $500,000 annually to maintain roadways, increasing to $1M this year. All of those funds come from the Powell Bill. The study revealed that the town could need to support an additional one to two million per year to keep road conditions in the “good” category over the next ten years.
Also at its July 19 meeting, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies announced they will invest a $175,000 grant administered by NC Biotech to support local students and teachers. The partnership with WCPSS will offer teachers professional development to increase awareness of biotech careers and give students field trips and summer experiences to provide exposure to biomanufacturing, sustainability and STEM focused opportunities.
The Town Council approved a nearly $30M budget for the extension of utilities to the northwest corner of Holly Springs. The project is funded by multiple partners, including the State, Developer Helix Ventures and the Town. The project will serve Helix Innovation Park at Friendship, which will house Biotech leader Amgen and other businesses, as well as future growth in that sought-after corridor.
The Town Council also heard a presentation about the success of Seqirus in the Holly Springs Business Park, an overview of transit improvements by the Regional Transportation Alliance, and approved amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance.