Four properties owned by Helen M. Smith, George Randall Gresham, Lodean Gresham and Roller Bearing Co. of America, Inc., were annexed into the city’s limits and rezoned from R-40 single family residential and AG-Agricultural to GC-General Commercial with staff stipulations.
Ten conditional use permits for each of the properties for the planned shopping center were also granted to those who had their properties annexed and rezoned, as well as six other applicants already appropriately zoned and within the city limits.
During the work session before the meeting, the council discussed a house owned by the city at 155 Hickory Road and whether to demolish or renovate it.
“I think at a minimum we need to make sure it’s secure and that no one can get into it,” Councilman Mike Zenchuk said.
City Manager Rob Logan said three other houses owned by the city will be demolished and asked whether the council would like to consider the house also be taken down.
Councilwoman Karen Barnett said the building has no historical significance and would cost the city a great deal of money to renovate for an alternate use.
“I think we should take that building down,” Barnett said. “It’s going to be tremendous to try and fix this. It’s going to cost more to fix it than it would to replace it.”
Logan said he would look into how much it would cost to demolish the house, which first has to be checked for asbestos to determine whether or not there will be additional abatement costs.
“And that can be done relatively cheaply,” Logan said.
Logan said of the three men living in the property, two of them plan to move into 3087 Holly St., a house also owned by the city.
Rent for the tenants will be $400 per month and they will have a one-year lease, Logan said. The lease agreement was unanimously approved during the regular meeting.
Also, Community Department Director Nancy Moon presented the council with information about a contract for acquisition of right-of-way with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
“We are now entering into the right-of-way phase for the Holly Springs pedestrian improvement project,” Moon said.
The agreement was unanimously approved by the council and is part of the city’s efforts to begin acquiring right-of-way in relation to its Livable Centers Initiative streetscapes project in downtown, Logan said Friday.
Additionally, the council was presented with a request by Jebb Ricketts and Cole Thompson, both 17-year-old Cherokee High School students, to build a fence around the generator near the Holly Springs Municipal Complex as well as plant some flowers throughout the grounds as part of their Eagle Scout project.
Mayor Tim Downing thanked the teens for selecting the city to help for their Eagle Scout project, which was approved unanimously by council.
City Clerk Karen Norred said qualifying for the mayoral seat and Post 3, 4 and 5 at-large council seats will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office, located at 3237 Holly Springs Parkway.
Also, the council:
* Approved unanimously next month’s meeting to be rescheduled from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24, because the original date falls during Cherokee County School District’s fall break;
* Approved 5-0 the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council proclamation, and presented a plaque to Diane Threewitt, a VAC member, in recognition of Support Our Seniors Day this Saturday;
* Approved unanimously awarding the guardrail replacements and repairs to Martin-Robbins Fence Co. Inc. to the amount of $7,878;
* Approved 5-0 Foresite Group as the design firm for Hickory Road Park;
* Approved unanimously the compensation agreement with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.; and
* Approved 5-0 to grant the mayor the authority to execute the option to develop agreement among the city of Holly Springs, Holly Springs Downtown Development Authority and Macauley Schmit, LLC.