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New Police Chief Swearing In, New Sculpture Trail and Budget Hearing on May 15 Agenda

05/12/2017

We hope you will join us Monday, May 15 for the Clayton Town Council work session beginning 6:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

Unusual for a work session, the Council will hold several public hearings and take votes Monday night. The Council will also set its agenda for the June 5 meeting and take a first look at the matters up for consideration – which is customary at a work session.

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

Swearing In Police Chief Blair Myhand

C. Blair Myhand will take the oath to become chief of the Clayton Police Department.

Myhand was most recently a captain in the Apex Police Department, where he served for more than 11 years. He is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant with more than two decades' military and law enforcement experience, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Myhand also wore the badge for one of the nation’s 10 largest municipal police agencies – the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. – where he was one of the first three officers to enter the Pentagon minutes after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Myhand and his wife are eager to get to know the Town of Clayton, and they recently contracted to purchase a home in Town. Click here for more info on Myhand.

The morning of this Council meeting and Myhand's first official day, he's inviting his staff and the public to take part in a brief 9 a.m. ceremony at the flag poles and our Clayton Police Memorial in front of the Clayton Law Enforcement Center, 315 E. Second Street. Myhand called for this ceremony to observe May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, honoring law enforcement officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. The Clayton Police force has lost 3 of its officers. Later in the meeting, the Town Council will vote on a proclamation to recognize May 15-21 as National Police Week.

If you can not attend Monday, we invite the community to a public reception to meet the new chief on Tuesday, May 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Clayton Police Department in Downtown Clayton.

5th Annual Clayton Sculpture Trail

Another year, another batch of spectacular sculptures to liven up our Town!

The Public Art Advisory Board is proud to be organizing the 5th Annual Clayton Sculpture Trail with more than 11 locations in public and private locations all around Clayton.

On Monday, Sara Perricone, chairwoman of the Public Art Advisory Board, will present the newest selections chosen by a subcommittee of the board to be installed in late-May/June. More than 30 sculptures were submitted for consideration.

Public Hearings

The Council will open the floor for public comment before voting to approve or deny the following:

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Town Budget

Town staff has spent much of 2017 crafting a spending plan for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which runs July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. On April 27, Town Manager Adam Lindsay presented staff's proposal to the Town Council and a few members of the public in a special work session. From there, staff took the Town Council's directions and made any changes necessary to the budget proposal. 

Now, it's your turn to let the Town Council what you think of the spending plan! To prepare yourself, click here for a full copy of the proposed budget.

Looking for an overview of the proposed budget and the thought process behind some of the big decisions? Check out Lindsay's budget message to the Council, where he laid out the highlights and key decision points.

In February, the Town Council also opened the floor for the public to share its priorities at the onset of the budgeting process. That marked a first for Clayton, and it's unusual in North Carolina, where state law only requires towns to hold a single budget hearing.

Warrick Tract Annexation

Sam's Branch LLC has requested the Town annex 22.04 acres located at 1804 Old U.S. 70. That's on the north side of Old U.S. 70, just west of Shotwell Road and east of Fieldstone Drive.

On Feb. 6, the Town Council approved for a 25-lot neighborhood under the project name Warrick Park to be developed on the land.

Two of the lots would have driveways off of U.S. 70 Business, and the other 23 lots would be accessed from the west via Fieldstone Drive. The houses would receive Town of Clayton water and use individual septic tanks for sewer.

HP6 Clayton Health Investors Annexation

HP6 Clayton Health Investors LLC has requested the Town annex 0.68 acres of land located west of the Clayton House assisted living facility on Dairy Road.

That's just east of the intersection of Barber Mill and Dairy roads.

Acquisition of Real Estate for Economic Development Purposes

At its May 1 meeting, Town Council voted unanimously to move toward a land transfer with the YMCA of the Triangle that involves the East Clayton Industrial Area – home to Johnston County’s two largest manufacturers, Grifols and Novo Nordisk.  At this meeting, Town Council will hold a public hearing and vote on this acquisition of property for economic development purposes. During the meeting Council will also consider a resolution that would authorize the transfer of a 13.571-acre property the YMCA owns at 3798 Powhatan Road with a  19.84-acre tract of undeveloped land recently purchased by the Town at 2115 Amelia Church Road, just south of N.C. 42 West near Johnston Health.

Scheduling Public Hearings for May 15

Rezoning Nick's Flipping Kids Building (Formerly Ashley/Chloe's Furniture)

Alsey Gilbert seeks to rezone 8.33 acres at 9257 U.S. 70 Business to B3 Highway Business from B3 Highway Business Special-Use District.

The Town Council will review the request and consider scheduling a June 5 public hearing. On April 24, the Planning Board reviewed the request and recommended it for approval.

The land, owned by Mooring Capital Fund LLC, holds a 110,000-square-foot building that originally housed Ashley Furniture, and later Chloe's Furniture.

Currently, Nick's Flipping Kids uses 30,000 square feet in the front of the building for children's gymnastics.

According to the application, the rezoning would allow the building to become a multi-tenant facility for family-oriented enterprises, such as gymnastics and soccer. The change would also allow use of office space located on the second floor.Other Items

New Business

Transfer of 231 East Second Street to the Clayton Downtown Development Association

Last June, the Town posted a request for proposals seeking redevelopment of the historic brick building at 231 E. 2nd St., which has variously served the Town of Clayton as our town hall, public library, police station and fire station since its construction in 1928. The building has been underutilized since 2002, when Town Hall moved down Second Street to our current location in The Clayton Center.

The Council declared the property as surplus in May 2016 and rezoned it to B-1 Central Business in August 2016.

On Monday, the Council will consider granting staff authorization to proceed with transferring the building to the Clayton Downtown Development Association, which is a necessary next step on the road to the building's redevelopment.

Boundary Extension between Clayton and Wilson's Mills

Staff is requesting guidance from the Town Council in ongoing negotiations with Wilson's Mills to establish a mutually-acceptable boundary extension between the two jurisdictions. If established, the boundary would not expand either town's current extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) area, but it would create a line beyond which each town would agree not extend its own Extra-territorial jurisdiction or ETJ in any future expansion.

Other Items

The Council will also consider the following:

  • A proclamation recognizing May 4 as the 2017 National Day of Prayer.
  • Placing four appointments to the Clayton Downtown Development Association on the June 5 consent agenda for approval. They include the reappointment of James Lipscomb and Jessica Lloyd; and the appointment of new members Scott Hadding and Tony Johnson.
  • Wastewater allocation of 44,250 gallons per day for 177 single-family houses in the Gordon Park subdivision, which is under development on 61.3 acres of land located east of Glen Laurel Road between Vinson and Powhatan roads.
  • Resolutions authorizing the tax administrators of Johnston and Wake counties to collect property taxes on behalf of the Town of Clayton. The Council adopts these resolutions each year.

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.

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