Southern Environmental Services, Inc. demolished the structures on the future Town Center site and removed asphalt, concrete, and utilities in February. The company also removed the house and ancillary structures near the intersection of Palm and Walnut Streets in preparation for the construction of the new roadway from Palm Street to Hickory Road. Southeastern Engineering, Inc. completed the civil drawings for the Town Center road network in February. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
In late spring, Baldwin Paving Company, Inc. is scheduled to complete the Holly Springs Parkway Widening Project and all associated infrastructure improvements from Sixes Road north to the intersection with Rabbit Hill Road. Backfilling over Toonigh Creek was completed in February, and construction of the eastern travel lanes is underway. The traffic light mast arms have been installed at the intersection of Holly Springs Parkway and Rabbit Hill Road.
A-1 Contracting started the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Phase II Project on Holly Springs Parkway between Pinecrest Road and L.R. Tippens Education Center in January. The crew made progress despite many rain delays. Upon completion, the project will include sidewalks, curbs and gutters, drainage structures, lampposts, and intersection improvements at Pinecrest Road including new traffic lights. The project is scheduled for completion this summer.
The City of Holly Springs recently hired Michelle Williams as its new court administrator. Previously a deputy clerk in Dunwoody and deputy court clerk in Gulfport, MS, Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in paralegal studies and philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach.
The City of Holly Springs was named the #1 Safest City in Georgia this year by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. This is the third year in a row that Holly Springs has appeared on the list (#11 in 2018 and #10 in 2017). To identify the safest cities in Georgia, the National Council for Home Safety and Security analyzes the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics, studies population data, and conducts internal research. Cities are ranked based on the number of reported violent and property crimes per 1,000 people. Digging a little deeper into the data paints a promising picture for Holly Springs residents.
“Even as the population and calls for service have increased, part 1 crimes continue to drop,” said Chief Mike Carswell. “I attribute that to the men and women who serve our community day in and day out, as well as the mayor, council, and staff leadership who continue to prioritize the safety of our residents by allocating the resources needed to grow our department. Since 2016, we have added four officers per year and currently have 34 sworn officers serving our community.”
The City of Holly Springs has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). City Manager/Finance Director Robert H. Logan was presented with the award. The CAFR is available for viewing at HollySpringsGa.us/fy17audit. The City has received this award annually since 2012.