The council voted unanimously Monday night to call the election for council members Dee Phillips and Kyle Whitaker, whose terms in office expire Dec. 31.
Though they won’t have to make a firm decision until qualifying, which is more than a month away, both council members said they are planning to run again in the Nov. 4 general election because they still have work to do for the city.
“I am excited about the future of Holly Springs,” said Whitaker, a 39-year-old who works in the data field. “And I am looking forward to continuing to help shape its future and maintain the high level of service that the city currently provides to its citizens.”
Asked what projects he’d like to see take better shape before he leaves the council, Whitaker noted J.B. Owens Park, which is being built on Hickory Road, and the city’s Main Street program.
“As a member of the newly formed board, I am looking forward to working on the accreditation process and the opportunities that the program provides as the city council continues to work on its vision to redevelop the downtown area,” he said, referencing the city’s plans to construct a mixed-use development in a vacant space in the city. The city has said the project is waiting for the economy and interest in the area to drive it forward.
Phillips, 54, a long-time medical industry worker, also said the downtown project is something she’d like to see completed.
“I am still such a proponent of our downtown,” she said. “We’ve come a long way. We’ve done a lot of the grunt work, the property acquisition and stuff like that. Before I leave office, I’d at least like to see the first brick in the ground. It’s just exciting.”
Phillips also said she’d hate to leave the city’s finance committee.
“I’ve been on the finance committee since I was elected here, and our financial stability is the best of any of the cities in the county,” she said. “That’s a source of pride for me, and that makes me want to stay to keep it going like that. I’m not saying nobody else would, but that’s my baby.”
Qualifying for the seats will start Aug. 25 at 8:30 a.m. and end Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The fee is $180, which is 3 percent of the annual salary.
During the meeting, the council also:
• Unanimously approved awarding a contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. for the 2014 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant project in the amount $723,558;
• Heard thanks from resident Roger McIver for the city’s police department’s new program that equips officers with an anti-opiate overdose drug;
• Voted unanimously to deny a conditional use permit for an auto service business at 4516 Holly Springs Parkway; and
•Voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit for Windsor House Assisted Living for an assisted living center at 3300 and 3400 East Cherokee Drive.