In December, requests for bids went out for the demolition of the former location of Cherokee FOCUS and the Holly Springs Public Works Department, which are located behind Cherokee County Fire Station #8, as well as Building A and the pole barn at 411 Hickory Road. These buildings are scheduled to come down to make way for residential structures in the Town Center and the future Hickory Springs Parkway. The demolition and cleanup should be finished by the end of winter.
The City of Holly Springs has continued to progress despite the limitations the pandemic has imposed.
City Hall reopened to the public on May 4 and resumed in-person public meetings in June. I’d like to thank each of you for your patience with City administrative and municipal court staff while we worked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 not only to staff, but also to our community.
On June 15, City Council approved a change order from Georgia Development Partners, which included asphalt repairs near the railroad tracks on Hickory Road, the replacement of a broken curb and gutter, and the resurfacing of Hickory Road from Holly Springs Parkway to the railroad tracks. By the time you read this, this work should be complete as well as the top coating of the roundabout.
Despite all of the rain delays experienced this winter, the contractor was able to complete the construction of Betty Barrett Way between Hickory Road and Walnut Street, widen Hickory Road east of the railroad, and build a new driveway access for Cherokee County Fire Station #8. The contractor has also constructed the new intersection of Betty Barrett Way and Walnut Street, built the southern half of the new roundabout on Hickory Road, and started work on the conversion of the northern section of Palm Street to a right-in/right-out configuration.
Holly Springs has been ranked Georgia’s 2nd Safest City by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. This is the fourth year in a row that our city has appeared on the list. The Council analyzes the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics as well as population data and internal research. Cities are then ranked based on the number of reported violent and property crimes per 1,000 people. I am very proud of the job our police department is doing to keep us all safe.
I love when I have been assisting business owners, community activists, or residents over the phone or by email with a problem they are having, and then I finally get to meet them in person. There is just something about putting a face with a name that brings to life whatever project or problem we were working on together.
Over the past several years, the staff at the City of Holly Springs has been keeping citizens abreast of every step taken, as we get closer to breaking ground on the Town Center Project. In 2020, years of behind-the-scenes planning and preparing will finally give way to visible progress on this much anticipated project in downtown Holly Springs. I am happy to finally put faces with some of the names you have been hearing about for so long.
In recent months, a lot has been happening in Holly Springs. Here’s an update on projects and initiatives:A resolution from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to raise the speed limit on Interstate 575 within the Holly Springs city limit from 65 mph to 70 mph was approved during the council’s August business meeting. GDOT changed the speed limit signs in early September.
Construction on the Hickory Road and Palm Street intersection improvements is underway. Georgia Development Partners has started grading for the new roadway between Walnut Street and the new roundabout on Hickory Road just east of Cherokee County Fire Station #8. This project will take approximately 12 months to complete. The project will include an additional western travel lane on Hickory Road, elimination of the stop sign on Hickory Road east of the railroad, and the conversion of the intersection of Palm Street at Hickory Road to a right-in/right-out configuration.
Holly Springs City Council approved the 2019 Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) list of roads to be repaired and resurfaced last October. The list includes Hickory Road from the eastern city limits to Sequoyah Circle, Palm Street from Amanda Lane to the southern city limits, and Rabbit Hill Road from I-575 to Marble Quarry Road.The City Council also approved several stormwater projects to address drainage issues throughout Holly Springs. These projects were awarded to Excellere Construction in the amount of $65,300. In addition, the City has started surveying work for a stormwater project to address drainage issues along Palm Street near Palm Lake. This work will be completed before Palm Street is resurfaced in the summer.