The Holly Springs City Council approved an ordinance to amend city code of Holly Springs governing joint sales of alcoholic beverages by the drink and package.

This ordinance would allow the holder of a license for the retail consumption on the premises of wine, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, to sell them by the package, except on any day or at any time when the sale of package beer or wine is prohibited by law or ordinance.

It also states that the holder of this license may permit a customer to take a partially consumed bottle of wine from the premises, provided that the bottle of wine was purchased and partially consumed in conjunction with a meal purchased from the licensee, the bottle is securely resealed with tamper resistant tape by the licensee, and the bottle is placed in a bag or container that is secured in such a manner that it would be visibly apparent if the container has been subsequently opened or tampered with, along with an affixed, dated receipt indicating the terms of the purchase.

The council also voted to approve a proposal for construction materials testing for the Palm Street drainage and Hickory Road proposed improvements projects from Oasis Consulting Services. Oasis will serve as the quality assurance representative for storm line backfill and concrete curb testing.

A request from Lt. Casey Barton for the enrollment of the Holly Springs Police Department in the Carfax for Police Program was also approved. This program will allow the department to gather and compile information through Carfax on several types of data including new and used vehicles, where they are registered, when and where they are serviced, and if they have been involved in any motor vehicle accidents. Carfax For Police allows law enforcement agencies to access this information for free.

Council members then approved a resolution to amend the Municipal Services Master Fee Schedule. Holly Springs is currently using the services of an architect to design and oversee that this design remains consistent with the plan for the town center area. The ordinance states that buildings constructed within the town center with architectural plans designed by other architects should be reviewed and evaluated for consistency with what the city wants in the town center area. The amendment to the ordinance would cover the cost of zoning services, as well as plumbing, mechanical and electrical.

The council also voted to terminate the lease agreement between Cherokee FOCUS and Holly Springs. The city entered into a lease agreement with Cherokee FOCUS several years ago to let them use the former city hall facilities. The building in which Cherokee FOCUS is operating will be torn down due to the town center project. City Manager Rob Logan will issue a formal letter to Cherokee FOCUS regarding the termination of the lease agreement, which would be effective July 31.

Lastly, the council approved the awarding of the Morgan Road Resurfacing Project to Baldwin Paving Company in an amount not to exceed $178,000.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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