Thursday, December 15, 2005

City works toward sewer upgrades

Staff Writer

The City of Holly Springs passed a resolution December 6 to issue bonds in the amount of $594,830 to replace sewer lines from the area of Owen Grocery to the Craft Street Lagoon, install water lines from Hernando Road to Marianna Road and make improvements on the Rocky Mountain Lagoon.

The bond issuance will be managed by Watkins, Ludlum, Winter and Stennis firm at a fee of $7,169.

The board of aldermen also considered and approved the drafting of a city-wide comprehensive tax increment financing redevelopment plan for future public works projects. A public hearing to consider the redevelopment plan was set for January 3, 2006, at City Hall.

Aldermen also approved a recommendation by Don Hollingsworth that the city-wide TIF plan be reviewed by the planning commission to assure compliance with the current comprehensive plan.

A public hearing was set for 5:40 p.m. the same day to consider a motion to allow buildings in downtown to be built to a maximum height of 75 feet.

Fire chief Ken Holbrook added that the fire department would have no problem with raising the building height limit because sprinkler systems are required in buildings with a second floor.

The board deliberated, but took no action, on a Phase III development plan for West Ridge Village subdivision. The board approved a Phase I site development plan for Holly Springs Commons.

Several citizens aired complaints regarding citations for either junk cars or parked cars on or near the city right-of-way. Mayor Andre’ DeBerry said the citations, written by the city code enforcement officer, do not enter the municipal court system if the citizen takes action to correct the condition.

The board voted to set the holidays for city employees as December 23 and 26 and January 2. Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Sunday this year.

The next meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen is set for December 20 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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