Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mayor, Town Manager Encourage Civility

At the Holly Springs Town Council’s March 21 meeting, Mayor Dick Sears and Town Manager Charles Simmons addressed the reactions of some residents to a vote taken at the council’s meeting earlier this month. The vote approved the rezoning of 231 acres along Honeycutt Road.

Following the meeting, some people reacted with abusive comments and name-calling in person and on social media. Sears and Simmons encouraged civility in interactions with elected officials and town employees.

“Council members may not vote always the same as you want them to vote,” Sears said. “Their job is to represent the town as best they can and that’s not always a popular decision. … Every person on this board (is) here because they want to do what they think is best for the Town of Holly Springs.”

Also at the meeting, the council approved:

  • Federal Emergency Management Act forms, which must be on file prior to requesting reimbursement for Hurricane Matthew-related expenses
  • $20,000 for installation of a sewer line on Earp Street
  • an amendment to the infrastructure reimbursement agreement with the developer of the Mills at Avent Ferry (formerly Union Ridge).

The council also continued a public hearing to receive input on annexation of 18 acres off Old Adams Rd.

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