We hope you will join us Monday, March 20 for the Clayton Town Council work session beginning 6:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.
At the work session, the Council will set its agenda for the April 3 meeting and take a first look at the matters up for consideration. While the Council isn't scheduled to vote on anything, the work session is used to receive special reports and introductions.
You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:
Girl Scouts to Lead Pledge and Request Proclamation
Girl Scout Troop 1397 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening the Monday’s meeting.
The girls will also give a presentation on their work to end bullying in schools, playgrounds, neighborhoods and online.
The Council will consider a proclamation recognizing the girls as they "Stand for the Silent" and urge our community "to support all children by building a safe environment where everyone is free of fear and bullying."
Setting the April 3 Agenda
The Town Council will take a first look at the following items and consider placing them on the April 3 agenda:
Donation of Fire Engine to Department in Need
In April, the Clayton Fire Department will receive a 2017 Pierce Pumper Tanker to replace a 1994 E-One Freightliner fire engine.
On Monday, Fire Chief Lee Barbee will request the Town Council donate the old Freightliner engine to the Fairmont City Fire Department. Fairmont has a population of 2,659 and is located in Robinson County, just north of the South Carolina border along Interstate 95.
Fairmont would use the engine to replace a 1990 F800 KME Ford fire truck. Fairmont's old truck participated in Hurricane Matthew rescues, but broke down in a recent fire and has become too expensive for the rural community to repair, given its age.
Fairmont Fire Chief Garrett Robinson formally requested the engine in a letter to Chief Barbee.
The Council will consider placing a resolution to declare the old engine as surplus property on its April 3 Consent Agenda for approval.
Rezoning and Annexation of Town-Owned Land
The Town of Clayton seeks to annex and rezone to Office-Institutional (O-I) from Residential-Estate (R-E) a 19.98-acre tract of undeveloped land located just south of N.C. 42 West at 2115 Amelia Church Road.
The Town recently purchased the land and is in discussions for its use.
The Town recently purchased the land, and the Office-Institutional zoning would provide a transition between the Planned Development-Mixed Use zoning to the north and the surrounding Residential-Estate zoning.
On Feb. 27, the Planning Board voted to recommend that Council approve the rezoning. At this meeting, Council will not vote, but will consider setting public hearings on both the annexation and rezoning for its April 3 meeting.
Revisions to Zoning and Land Use Regulations
Town staff proposes several changes to the Town's Unified Development Code's land use regulations, interpretations and associated definitions.
The revisions take into consideration concerns and observations Town staff has developed, and they would do a better job matching zoning and use regulations to the Town's growth plan. They would also clean up and simplify the code, including removing redundant definitions and consolidating similar uses.
The Planning Board recommended the changes for approval on Feb. 27. The Council will consider setting an April 3 public hearing.
Fresh Air Fund Proclamation
The Fresh Air Fund provides opportunities for children from low-income areas of New York City to spend summers with host families around the country. This summer, a Clayton family will be hosting a child from New York. Since 1877, the nonprofit has served more than 1.8 million children.
On Monday, the Council will consider placing a proclamation recognizing the Fresh Air Fund for approval on its April 3 Consent Agenda.
Notice of NCEMPA Wholesale Electric Rate Change
In February, the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) approved a 4.5 percent wholesale electrical rate cut that will take effect April 1. The cut passes on reduced costs from Duke Energy Progress, which provides wholesale electricity to the 32 public power cities and towns that make up NCEMPA, including Clayton. NCEMPA expects wholesale rates to jump back up by 3 percent in both 2020 and 2021.
The Town is currently assessing capital needs in the electric department as part of the budget process for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which begins July 1. And, in the coming months, the Town plans to undertake a comprehensive rate study that will shape electric rates for five years. That study, along with the analysis of our current and future capital needs, will inform any decision on adjusting rates. The electric department does not anticipate recommending a rate decrease this year and hopes to hold future rate increases lower by proactive planning and investment now.
Clayton last adjusted its electric rates for customers Dec. 1, 2015, based on a comprehensive rate study conducted following NCEMPA’s $1.25 billion sale of ownership stakes in power plants to Duke Energy Progress – which relieved NCEMPA members from debt that had elevated their electric rates for decades. The savings from that deal allowed Clayton to cut rates by 4.5 percent at a time when the Town would have otherwise needed to hike rates by 2.5 percent to 5 percent. The net effect was a rate cut of 6.8 percent to 9 percent.
Need More Info?
If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.
Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you Monday night.