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Downtown Parking Expansions, Pageant News & Continuing Discussion of Water & Sewer Rates on Monday's Council Agenda

01/04/2019

We hope you will join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 for the Clayton Town Council meeting inside The Clayton Center/Town Hall, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Continued Discussion & Public Hearing on Wastewater Capacity and Water & Sewer Rates

The public is invited to listen and share comments as consultants and Town Council continue to study how to best plan and pay for the expansion of our wastewater sewer capacity and possible replacement of the Town’s wastewater treatment plant. This is a continuation of public hearing/discussion first held on Nov. 19 and continued through December.
 
The Town of Clayton continues to grow and we’re reaching capacity levels that dictate the need to expand our wastewater capacity. The current treatment plant is 54 years old and lies in a flood hazard area. Plans to replace the plant date back decades. In the mid-90’s, Town leaders purchased land to build a new wastewater treatment plant near the Neuse River. In the mid-2000s, Town leaders began planning for the cost and construction of a new plant, but those plans were shelved when the country hit the Great Recession, the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Unclear on the timeline for economic recovery and growth, Town leaders began to explore intermediary methods of accommodating our sewer needs. We reached agreements to connect and send wastewater flow to the City of Raleigh and Johnston County – and those increased capacities have served Clayton to this day. The City of Raleigh flow agreement, however, is not permanent. We currently send some flow to Johnston County for treatment and we are considering options to bring that flow back to Clayton. 
 
Original baseline calculations first presented by consultants in October called for building a new plant within 4 years on that designated piece of land, and to pay for the project by raising sewer fees and rates for most homeowners an average of about $15 a month starting July 1, 2019. The study also calls for annual 30% sewer rate and 2% water rate increases for the following three years. Upon hearing those baseline costs, Town Council requested staff and consultants research options to build a treatment plant in phases, partner with regional and private entities, operate two facilities, and/or operate a single facility. Since that request, staff and consultants have been revisiting growth forecasts as they tie into the schedule and scope of needed wastewater solutions and will present at the January 7 meeting. At the Dec. 3rd Council meeting, several residents shared comments and questions. The public is again invited to do so on Monday, January 7. No vote will be taken and the hearing will be continued to a future Town Council meeting. 
 
You can view documents and listen to audio of past discussions on wastewater capacity and water and sewer rate by clicking the links below: 

Proposal to Rezone Properties to Expand Parking at Town Hall/The Clayton Center

Staff is requesting to rezone three parcels located at Town Hall/The Clayton Center at 111 East Second Street, as well as two smaller parcels at 117-121 Horne Street which currently have green space and two vacant single-family homes. The request is to change these properties from Residential-6 (R-6) and Office-Institutional (O-I) to Public Facilities (PF). If rezoned, the Town plans to redevelop the existing parking lot at Town Hall, incorporate the two new parcels on the south side of Horne Street, permanently close off a portion of Horne Street, and incorporate all of that land into a new parking lot. Ultimately, the new lot will more than double the number of parking spaces available for employees and visitors of the Town Hall/Clayton Center, from 41 spaces to 110. The additional spaces will also be available for use by Horne Memorial Methodist Church during their peak times of need. Council is being requested to set a Public Hearing and vote for its January 22 Town Council meeting on this rezoning. More information, including site plans and staff reports, will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399.

Celebrating Student Art

At the request of the Woman's Club of Clayton, the Town Council will proclaim January 2019 as "Student Art Month" to help promote and support youth involvement in the arts and all that it adds to our community. Mayor Jody McLeod will read the proclamation explaining this outstanding initiative and present it to members of the Woman’s Club of Clayton, which just turned 100 years old in 2018.

Each year the Woman's Club teams up with the non-profit Clayton Visual Arts to feature student art in the lobby of The Clayton Center for the month of January. Check out the video link on this page to see the celebration of these talented youth in the past.

Local middle and high school students, as well as Woman's Club members, exhibit their work and are entered in the annual Woman's Club Arts Festival competition. Students and clubwomen can win cash prizes and ribbons. First place selections go on to compete at the district and state levels.

We invite the public to view the art and find out who won at a free reception 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at The Clayton Center. Dress is casual, and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited, especially children, who can see the artwork of their peers! 

Going Paperless

One of the Town of Clayton's goals is to work to provide effective, efficient and timely technology services to the public and all Town departments. We recently purchased electronic content management software with the goal of becoming nearly “paperless." In order to comply with State Archives of north Carolina. Council must pass a resolution stating a desire to begin scanning paper documents. Staff would then create a compliance/electronic records plan that will outline our practices and policies for proper care and handling of electronic documents to ensure accessibility for the public and staff now and into the future. Once that plan is approved by the State Archives, the scanning, shredding and recycling can begin! 

Exciting News for Miss Clayton/Miss Cleveland/Miss Capital City Pageant at The Clayton Center

Former Johnston County Commissioner and Miss Capital City Pageant Committee Member Keith Branch has requested to share an update on the upcoming pageant season, hinting of a exciting announcement with Town Council regarding the upcoming Miss Clayton event on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Downtown Clayton. For the past 7 years, the crowning of Miss Clayton, Miss Cleveland and Miss Capital City have been under the spotlights of the The Clayton Center stage. These pageants are the official local triple preliminaries associated with moving on to the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant and Miss America competitions, which list themselves as the largest scholarship-providing organization for women in the world. Nia Imani Franklin was crowned Miss Capital City on The Clayton Center stage in 2016 and went on to be crowned Miss America just this past September. With an emphasis on academics and communication skills, the Miss Clayton, Miss Cleveland & Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant have been considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. The current 2018 Miss Clayton, Lauren Walsh, has been volunteering all over the Clayton area, in line with her platform, "Sparking the Flame of Volunteerism." She said one of the biggest highlights has been her time at the annual Clayton Parks & Recreation Special Needs Dance, where she danced for more than an hour with the very excited participants. She stated that once you have a positive experience like that volunteering, it's hard to extinguish the flame of wanting to give back more! 

Council Liaisons to Town, County & State Committees 

The Mayor and members of the Clayton Town Council serve on numerous local and statewide boards in addition to serving on the town board. Each year, assignments to seats on the Town of Clayton's advisory boardsTriangle J Council on Governments, NC League of Municipalities, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and ElectriCities of North Carolina are renewed or reassigned. In addition, Johnston County formally asks Council for its recommendations for a representative for the Clayton area on the Johnston County Economic Development Board, in this case a recommendation to continue with the appointment of Council Member Bob Satterfield. Click here for the full list of Council Liaison and Committee assignments. Noted changes this year: Planning Board Liaison – Bob Satterfield replaces Michael Grannis, Recreation Advisory Board Liaison – Michael Grannis replaces Butch Lawter, Triangle J Council on Governments Alternate – Bob Satterfield replaces Butch Lawter, CAMPO Primary – Michael Grannis replaces Butch Lawter, CAMPO Alternate 1 – Bobby Bunn replaces Michael Grannis, and CAMPO Alternate 2 – Jason Thompson replaces Bobby Bunn. 

Two Other Public Hearings to be Set for January 22 Town Council Meeting: 

Contractors Office on Main Street Hopes to be Annexed into Town Limits

Rising Tide Building & Renovations is petitioning to voluntarily annex the property at 1218 W. Main Street into the Town of Clayton. This is a non-contiguous annexation of about .58 acres in a Business 3 zoning district – there is no change in zoning requested. Rising Tide recently was approved to renovate and improve this once-vacant building just before the train trestle underpass heading toward Shotwell Road to become the new home of their contracting business. Council is being requested to set a Public Hearing and vote for its January 22 Town Council meeting. More information, including site plans and staff reports, will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399.

New Trinity Missionary Baptist Church Requests Annexation for Future Expansion

New Trinity Missionary Baptist Church is applying for a rezoning on properties at 347 W. Main Street and 317 W. 2nd Street. The church would like to rezone a portion of these properties from Central Business (B-1) to Neighborhood Business (B-2). Both properties have frontage along Main Street and Second Street and the request is rezone all but the portions that have frontage on Main Street, leaving those B-1 . The properties nearby are generally commercial, with some office and church uses. In its application, the church stated that after examining the Town of Clayton’s predicted growth rate, they need to make plans to accommodate that growth. The rezoning lays the groundwork for New Trinity Baptist to build a sanctuary to accommodate potential new members. The Planning Board recommended approval at its December meeting finding the rezoning consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan 2040, which promotes quality redevelopment of under-utilized sites, as well as building that invigorates and invests in the downtown core area. Council is being requested to set a Public Hearing and vote for its January 22 Town Council meeting on this rezoning. More information, including site plans and staff reports, will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399. 

Public Comment

Remember, there is always a public comment session at the end of each meeting to address the Council.

Closed Session

Following the Public Comment session, Town Council will go into a Closed Session to discuss economic development matters, pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11 (a)(4), which states a public body may hold a closed session and exclude the public to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body, including agreement on a tentative list of economic development incentives that may be offered by the public body in negotiations, or to discuss matters relating to military installation closure or realignment. Any action approving the signing of an economic development contract or commitment, or the action authorizing the payment of economic development expenditures, shall be taken in an open session.

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.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you at the Monday meeting. If you can't make it, the Town Clerk's office works to publish the audio from the evening Council meeting the following morning. Just check back to the agenda and you'll see an "Audio" button at the top left corner of the agenda. 

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