The Holly Springs City Council on Monday heard a request from city staff to erect an attractive, welcoming "gateway" sign at the southern city limits.

City Manager Rob Logan said the city set aside 2.16 acres at the Holly Springs Parkway and East Cherokee Drive intersection for the construction of a southern city limits of Holly Springs gateway monument sign. This construction would take place after the completion of the intersection improvements project by the county.

City staff is requesting that council approve a contract with Cowan Signs, Inc. in an amount of $20,409 to construct the monument sign at this intersection. Logan added that the city is looking for a similar design to the monument sign located on Holly Springs Parkway near Walmart.

Council members then discussed a proposal from BM&K Construction and Engineering for appraisals for pieces of land located along Holly Springs Parkway within the project limits of the Holly Springs Parkway Widening Project Phase II.

Logan said the purpose of the appraisals is to determine the current fair market value of each piece of land along Holly Springs Parkway within the project limits, which is from Rabbit Hill Road to just north of Ronnell Road.

“In a road widening project, it is often necessary to acquire additional rights-of-way or temporary construction easements from the property owners within the construction limits of the project to widen the roadway, install additional stormwater infrastructure, sidewalks and other related facilities,” he said. “We use the appraisals to determine fair and reasonable compensation for the property owners from whom the city needs additional rights-of-way and easements.”

Council will vote on the gateway monument sign request, as well as BM&K's proposal to have the appraisals done at a fee of $30,700, at the next council meeting on March 15.

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