Holly Springs had fewer than a thousand residents when Luncie McNeil began as the town’s director of Public Works.
He retires Feb. 1 after 31 years of service to Holly Springs, which now has more than 40,000 residents and has been recognized among the best places to get a job, live, and raise a family.
The Town Council honored McNeil at its Jan. 19 meeting for his service. Under his leadership, Public Works grew from a staff of three to a 60-member department with wide-ranging responsibilities.
“The town we have today is in good part because of the great leadership of people like Luncie,” Town Manager Randy Harrington said while praising McNeil for honesty, responsiveness and integrity.
McNeil said had been blessed to have worked for the town of Holly Springs.
“Everything I did I did with a passion because I wanted to see my town prosper,” he explained.
Also at its Jan. 19 meeting, the council made appointments to town boards. It appointed Courtney Patterson, Joanna Holder, and Rick Madoni to the Planning Board. The council named Cody Loughridge and Jeffrey Jones to the Board of Adjustment while naming Christian Yungbluth as an alternate member to complete the final two years of Loughridge's term.
In other action, the Town Council:
- Heard a request by the developers of the Rhamkatte Village commercial area to change the design of the buffer along Holly Springs Road. The request includes changing the type of trees to be planted from Chinese pistache to crepe myrtle to meet Duke Energy tree height limits within its right-of-way.
- Approved the moving of a well in the Fairview Wooded Acres community due to I-540 construction near the intersection of Sunset Lake and Holly Springs roads.